Friday, July 15, 2016

Semi-Italian Jerome Gambit: It's Not A Blunder Until It's Refuted

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The following blitz game allows me to comment on a rare Jerome Gambit line (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.0-0 h6 6.Nxe5+ Nxe5 7.Qh5+ by transposition) and an improvement for Black that has yet to be played, despite its mention here.

perrypawnpusher - Duwasi
10 0 blitz, FICS, 2016

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 h6

The Semi-Italian Opening.

4.O-O Bc5 5.Bxf7+

The Semi-Italian Jerome Gambit.

5...Kxf7 6.Nxe5+ Nxe5 7.Qh5+ g6

Three years ago I wrote in a post "By the Numbers"
The Database has almost 27,000 games in it, yet there are only 7 (until now) with this position; and I had White in all of them, scoring 100%.
The Database now has over 55,000 games, and there are 10 with this position; I had White in all of them, still, scoring 100%.


Here Black resigned in perrypawnpusher - JohnBr, blitz, FICS, 2010 and perrypawnpusher - AcesFullofKings, blitz, FICS, 2011.


Black tried 8...Nf6 in perrypawnpusher - islanderchess, blitz, FICS, 2008 (1-0, 46), perrypawnpusher - wadada, blitz, FICS, 2009 (1-0, 19) and perrypawnpusher - Entangle, blitz, FICS, 2014 (1-0, 24).

Black played 8...Bd6  in perrypawnpusher - apinheiro, blitz, FICS, 2010 (1-0, 35) and perrypawnpusher - eaadahl,, 2013, (1-0, 37).

Black essayed 8...Qf6 in perrypawnpusher - alekbb, blitz, FICS, 2010 (1-0, 47).

Black tried 8...Be7 in perrypawnpusher - PravinMamania, blitz, FICS, 2010 (1-0, 50).

Black's best choice i8...Bf8, as the Rook is then off-limits - 9.Qxh8? Bg7 10.Qh7 Nf6 and Her Majesty is doomed. White does best with 9.d4, but after 9...d6 10.Qb5 c6 11.Qd3 Black is better.

It is possible that Black's move in the game - and the Rook sacrifice - was prompted by some knowledge of the game Amateur - Blackburne, London, 1885, but the addition of ...h6 and 0-0 in our game makes a big difference.

9.Qxh8 h5 10.Qc3

Quickly extracting the Queen, and unnecessarily so, as safety was no longer an issue. It was wiser to play 10.d4 Bb6 11.Qh7+ Kf8 12.Bh6+ Nxh6 13.Qxh6+ Kf7 and gain some more material.

Still, White is the exchange and a couple of pawns ahead, and plays it safe the rest of the way.

10...Be6 11.d4 Bb6 12.d5 Bd7 13.Qf3+ Nf6 14.Bg5 Bg4 15.Qxf6+ Qxf6 16.Bxf6 Kxf6 

17.Nc3 Bd4 18.h3 Bd7 19.Rad1 Be5 20.f4 Bxc3 21.bxc3 Ke7 22.e5

22...Bb5 23.Rf2 Bc4 24.e6 Bxa2 25.f5 gxf5 26.Rxf5 h4 27.Rf7+ Kd8 28.Rf8+ Ke7 29.Rxa8 

I think Black played on because he was ahead on the clock and I was playing in an uninspiring manner - a reasonable idea, although, in this case, an unsuccessful one.

29...a6 30.Rf1 Bxd5 31.Rh8 Kxe6 32.Re1+ Kd7 33.Rxh4 Kc6 34.c4 Be6 35.Rxe6 b5 36.cxb5+ axb5 37.Rb4 Kc5 38.c3 c6 39.Ree4 d5 40.Rh4 Kd6 41.g4 Ke6 42.g5 Kf5 43.Rhg4 Kg6 44.h4 Kh5 45.Kg2 Kg6 46.Kg3 Kg7 47.Rbf4 Kg6 48.Rf6+ Kg7 49.h5 c5 50.h6+ Kh7 51.Kh4 d4 52.cxd4 c4 53.Rb6 c3 54.Rxb5 c2 55.Rg1 Kg6 56.Rc1 Kh7 57.Rxc2 Black resigned

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