Saturday, October 3, 2015

One Thing Leads to Another

Good moves often are followed by good moves; questionable moves too often are followed by further questionable moves; as the following Bill Wall game illustrates.

Wall, Bill - Chrissti, 2015

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Bxf7+

The Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit.

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Ke7 

Compared to the BSJG Declined, most recently discussed in "Bleak Future", e7 is an acceptable place for Black's King once the sacrificed piece has been collected. Even though 5...Ke7 is relatively rare compared to 5...Ke8 and 5...Ke6, the move has received attention on this blog. See "Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit 2" and "My Turn Again" for an introduction.

6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Nf3

Oddly enough, this is the only game in The Database to contain this reasonable move.

7...Nxf3+ 8.Qxf3 d6 9.d4 Bg4 10.Qf4 Bh5 

Bill points out that 10...Be6 was a better retreat. Suddenly Black's game becomes difficult. Blast those "Jerome pawns"!

11.e5 dxe5 12.dxe5 Nd5 13.Qh4+ Nf6

The King retreat 13...Ke8 would cost only one piece; the text costs two.

14.exf6+ gxf6 15.Qxh5 Black resigned

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