Friday, October 9, 2015

What's The Problem?

This blog has not been shy about sharing the various "refutations" of the Jerome Gambit. White losses have been presented with Black losses.

The following game features Bill Wall, who has scored 95% with various Jerome variations - facing the Gambit.

Black wins so easily, one has to ask "What's the problem?"

Guest4027007 - Wall,B, 2012

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Bxf7+

White transposes into one of the "modern" Jerome Gambit variations which does not feature Nxe5+. Recent blog posts have shown Bill winning in this manner.

5...Kxf7 6.Ng5+

This is not the preferred way to continue the attack.

A check of The Database shows that Bill has scored:

8-0 with 6.0-0;
3-0 with 6.Nc3
2-0 with 6.Be3; and
0-1 with 6.c3 (looks like a fluke).

6...Kg8 7.0-0

For the record, Guest1053350 - Wall,B,, 2014 continued 7.c3 h6 8.Qb3+ d5 9.exd5 Na5 10.Qb5 Qxd5 White resigned. 


Black has a piece for a pawn. All he has to do is swap pieces and enjoy a winning endgame. Bill makes it look easy.

8.Nf3 d5 9.Nc3 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.dxe4 Qxd1 12.Rxd1 Bg4 13.c3 Rf8 14.Rd3 Bxf3 15.Rxf3 Rxf3 16.gxf3 Kf7 17.Be3 Bxe3 18.fxe3 Rd8


19.Rc1 Rd2 20.Rb1 Na5 21.h3 Nc4 22.f4 Rxb2 23.Rxb2 Nxb2 24.f5 Nd1 White resigned

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

All Over But the Annotations

The following Jerome Gambit game was over so quickly, it only seems fair to continue with some "what if?" annotations - from earlier Bill Wall games.

Wall,B - Guest2892618, 2015

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Kf6

Black needed to either move his King to a safer square - 6...Ke6 - or block the check with 6...Ng6 or 6...g6

7.Qf5+ Ke7 8.Qxe5+ Black resigned

Of course, Black could have continued with 8...Kf8 

(Instead, Wall, B - Guest1468523,, 2013, continued: 8...Kf7 9.Qxc5 d6 10.Qd5+ Ke7 11.0-0 Nf6 12.Qg5 h6 13.Qxg7+ Ke6 14.d4 Black resigned.)

9.Qxc5+ d6 

(Or 9...Ne7 10.0-0 d6 11.Qe3 Be6 12.f4 Qd7 13.f5 Bf7 14.g4 Re8 15.d4 Bc4 16.Rf2 g6 17.Qc3 b5 18.b3 Bf7 19.Bh6+ Kg8 20.d5 Nxf5 21.gxf5 Re5 22.Nd2 gxf5 23.Qg3+ Bg6 24.exf5 Rxf5 25.Rxf5 Qxf5 26.Rf1 Qxc2 27.Rf8 checkmate,  Wall,B - SMNN, FICS, 2013.) 

10.Qb5 c6 

(Or 10...Nf6 11.d3 Bd7 12.Qxb7 h5 13.Nc3 h4 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.Qxd5 h3 16.gxh3 Rxh3 17.Bg5 Qe8 18.f4 Rb8 19.0-0-0 Be6 20.Qd4 Bxa2 21.Qxa7 Be6 22.Qxc7 g6 23.f5 Black resigned, Wall,B - KSPF, FICS, 2011

11.Qc4 Nf6 12.0-0 b5 13.Qxc6 Be6 14.Qxb5 Rc8 15.d3 Rxc2 16.Nc3 Ng4 17.Qa4 Qh4 18.h3 Rxf2 19.Qxa7 Rxf1+ 20.Kxf1 Qf2+ 21.Qxf2+  Black resigned, Wall, Bill - Guest733407,, 2014.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Never Send A Pawn to Do A Job...


I don't know if anyone ever opined "Never send a pawn to do a job a piece could do..." but the exact opposite is true in the following game. Bill Wall's 11th move improvement over an earlier game he played leads to an even faster win.

Wall,B - FJBS

FICS, 2015

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.d4 Bb4+

As befits the wackiness of the Jerome Gambit, this idea was seen in a game played 10 years earlier in a Jerome Gambit thematic tournament featuring two double-forfeits.

7.c3 Bxc3+

Bill has also faced 7...Be7 8.dxe5 Nh6 9.Qf3+ Ke6 10.Bxh6 gxh6 11.Qf5 checkmate, Wall,B - ChrSav, FICS, 2010.

An interesting idea: 7...Qh4 instead.


Stronger than 8.bxc3, as in HauntedKnight - OneNoTrump

blitz, FICS, 2011 (1-0, 10) and shugart - chingching
blitz, FICS, 2012 (1-0, 25).


Or 8...Nc6 9.d5 (9.0-0 Qf6 10.e5 Qg6 11.Qf3+ Ke8 12.Nb5 Kd8 13.Qf8+ Qe8 14.Qxe8+ Kxe8 15.Nxc7+ Ke7 16.Nxa8 Nxd4 17.Bg5+ Ke6 18.Nc7+ Kxe5 19.Rae1+ Kd6 20.Bf4+ Kc6 21.Rc1+ Kb6 22.Nd5+ Kb5 23.Rxc8 Ne6 24.a4+ Kxa4 25.Ra1+ Kb3 26.Be5 Black resigned, Wall,B - Caynaboos, FICS, 2011) 9...Ne5 10.f4 Ng6 11.h4 Nxh4 12.Qh5+ g6 13.Qxh4 Qxh4+ 14.Rxh4 Nf6 15.e5 Ne8 16.Be3 c6 17.0-0-0 d6 18.e6+ Ke7 19.g4 Nf6 20.f5 gxf5 21.gxf5 cxd5 22.Bg5 a6 23.Nxd5+ Kf8 24.Bxf6 Rg8 25.Rxh7 b5 26.Be7+ Ke8 27.Nf6 checkmate, Wall,B - ChessFlower,, 2012

9.0-0 Nf6

9...d6 was AsceticKingK9 - Luke Warm, Jerome Gambit Thematic Tournament, ChessWorld, 2011 (1-0, 16). Beware the "Jerome pawns"!

10.e5 Ne8 11.f4

This addition to the pawn chain is an improvement over 11.Qf3+ (but still: 11...Kg8 12.Qd5+ Kf8 13.Be3 a6 14.Rae1 c6 15.Qb3 d5 16.f4 Kg8 17.f5 Nh4 18.Qc2 g6 19.f6 Be6? (19...Kf7 20.Na4) 20.Bg5 Qb6 21.Bxh4 Qxd4+ 22.Bf2 Qf4 23.Ne2 Qc4 24.Qd2 Qxa2 25.Nd4 Bf5 26.Nxf5 gxf5 27.Qg5+ Kf7 28.e6+ Kf8 29.Bc5+ Nd6 30.Bxd6+ Ke8 31.f7 checkmate, Wall,B - Boris, 2012


Planning to castle-by-hand.

12.f5 Ne7

For better or worse Black had to continue with 12...Kg8, returning the piece.

13.Qb3+ d5 14.exd6+ Black resigned

White will deliver checkmate in a couple of moves.