Wednesday, August 10, 2016

In Search of Eine Schach-Blindenhund...

I have won my first 4 Jerome Gambit games in the ongoing Giuoco Piano tournament, and, frankly, I am worried.

There is no excitment in winning the following way: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Black forfeited on time. Nor is there in: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Black forfeited on time.

In my next game, while over-thinking in a deep theoretical battle, I overlooked a chance to fork my opponent's King and Queen with one of my "Jerome Pawns"! Luckily for me - unfortunately for my opponent - a half-dozen moves later I was able to fork his King and Queen with my Knight... I certainly could have benefitted from a chess seeing eye dog!

Finally, I reached the following dynamic position in another game, which ended simply, but which should have engulfed me in a forest of complexity:

Once the smoke of the game had cleared, Stockfish 7 recommended as best play here the committal 18...Nxf6 19.Rf4 d5 20.Raf1 Re6 21.c4 c6 22.Qg3 Qe7 23.Nf3 dxc4 24.Ne5 Ke8 25.Qf3 h5 26.Rxf6 Rxf6 27.Qxf6 Qxf6 28.Rxf6 Ke7 29.Rf7+ Kd6 30.Rxh7 Be6 31.Rxh5 c3 32.bxc3 Bxa2 where White would have an edge... I do not think that I could have seen my way clear to get to there.

Instead, my opponent was tempted by the Knight at d2, and after 18...Nxd2 19.Qg3 things looked desperate for Black, although Stockfish 7, again in the post mortem, found a tricky way for Black's King to escape most of the danger: 19...Kf7 20.Qg7+ Ke6 21.Rae1+ Kd5 22.Qf7+ Be6 23.Rf5+ Kc6 24.d5+ Bxd5 25.Qxd5+ Kd7 26.Rd1 Re6 27.f7 c6 28.f8N+ Qxf8 29.Rxf8 cxd5 30.Rxa8 Nc4 31.b3 Ne3 32.Rd2 a6

Easy win for White, right? That's what the computer thinks. I can't see it.

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