Monday, May 30, 2016

Another Way to Sacrifice the Knight

Here's a short Jerome Gambit game that again asks the question "What was White's 5th move all about?" It's one of those mysteries that continue to populate chess play...

asewe - paconava1, 2016

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Ng5+ 

I would like to attribute this move to a "mouse slip" or a lack of caffeine, but I notice that there are 507 games with 5.Ng5+ in The Database.

Odder, still, White scored 24% in those games.

Perhaps it is just another way to sacrifice White's Knight.  


Not everyone wants the Knight. The Database has 367 games with this capture. However, White's score drops to 17%. 

White resigned

This game brings to mind the comment of a chessfriend who enjoys playing the Jerome Gambit while visiting the local pub. Either way, he said, win or lose, the game is fun - and over quickly. Perhaps I should start referring to 5.Ng5+ as the "Pint Gambit"?

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