Monday, August 22, 2016

Jerome Gambit: Even in the Most Dire of Circumstances

After a tough loss with the Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+) in the ongoing Giuoco Piano thematic tournament at - outplayed by an opponent 200 or 300 rating points above me (not the usual "Jerome Gambit odds") - I like to play through games like the following one, where White seems to always come up with something, even in the most dire of circumstances, and in a three minute game, too!

RobertoRufino - laumassambani
3 0 blitz,, 2016

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.d4 exd4 6.Ng5+ 

I never understand how people get away with Ng5+ in the Jerome. Probably I should find out.

6...Kf8 7. Qf3+ Qf6 8.Qg3 d6

9.Nd2 Nge7 10.O-O h6 11.Kh1 hxg5 12.f4 Ke8 13.Nc4 gxf4 14.Bxf4 Be6 

15.Bxd6 Qh6 16.Bxc5 Kd7 17.Ne5+ Nxe5 18.Qxe5 Nc6 

19.Qg3 b6 20.Bxd4 Rh7 21.Rad1 Ke7

And, just like that, White has a forced checkmate. Wonderful!

22.Be3 Qh5 23.Bg5+  Ke8 24.Qxc7 g6 25.Qxc6+ Bd7 26.Qxa8+ Bc8 27.Qxc8 checkmate

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