Friday, April 22, 2016

Always Be Ready to Deliver Checkmate

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Chris Torres (see "The Most Violent Chess Game Ever Played!", "Another Lesson in the Jerome Gambit", "More Musings" and "More Useful Junk") of the blog site Chess Musings, sent a Jerome Gambit game that is a reminder that the attacker must always be ready to deliver checkmate.

chessmusings - Dumble Door
Internet, 2016

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Kf8 7.Qxe5 Be7

An unusual move. Checking The Database, I discovered only a dozen games with this position (White scored 79%). I noticed some of the "usual suspects" playing the Jerome: UNPREDICTABLE, chessmanjeff, fehim, Petasluk - and perrypawnpusher (a loss!).

8.O-O Nf6 9.Nc3 d6 10.Qg3 Rg8

A "mysterious Rook move" that actually seems to have something to do with castling-by-hand - on the Queenside!

11.f4 Bd7 12.e5 Ne8 13.d4 c6 14.f5 

The "Jerome pawns" are on the march!

But, Black has a plan: return his extra piece for a couple of pawns and then continue his King's journey to safety across the board!

14...Kf7 15.e6+ Bxe6 16.fxe6+ Kxe6 

Onwards to c7, c8 or b8!

17.Qh3 checkmate


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