Friday, November 20, 2015

"Nudge 3.0"?

A significant part of the Jerome Gambit box of tactics is the often vulnerable enemy Bishop on c5 - a proper Queen check by White, and the next move (or the one after) it can fall.

In the following game, Bill Wall waits - and waits - and waits for a Jerome, finally sacrificing his Bishop, anyway. Black never develops his dark-squared Bishop, but he drops a piece to a Queen check, any way.

Wall, Bill - DrivingJoint
Internet, 2001

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 h6 

The Semi-Italian Opening.

4.O-O a6 5.Nc3 b5 

It is not a Jerome Gambit proper, but this is enough provocation.

6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Nxe5+ Nxe5 8.Qh5+ Ng6 9.Qd5+ 

A different kind of "nudge".

9...Ke8 10.Qxa8 c6 11.d4 N8e7 12.f4 Kf7

Preparing to castle-by-hand? If so, it is untimely.

13.f5 Nh4 14.g3

Black resigned

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