Sunday, March 13, 2016

Faster Than A Speeding Neuron

I can understand that playing the Jerome Gambit, or one of its variants, can give a player an edge in a fast tempo game where the defender has little time to analyze (or even recall) lines. Still, the following internet game, played at 0 seconds with a 1 second increment per move is very fast, and the result is sudden and surprising.

tomi36 - SanChess2005
01,, 2015

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Bxf7+ 

The Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit.

4...Ke7 5.Nxd4 Kxf7 6.Qf3+ Nf6 7.Qh5+ 

Here Black forfeited on time.

I am reminded of the statement of World Champion Alexander Alekhine
The fact that a player is very short of time is, to my mind, as little to be considered an excuse as, for instance, the statement of the law-breaker that he was drunk at the time he committed the crime.
This game, however, presents more as the players trading (alcoholic) shots until one falls over.

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