Thursday, February 2, 2017

Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit: Rare Miniature

One reason players enjoy the Jerome Gambit - and its relatives, like the Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit - is that it offers the possibility of ending the game quickly and successfully.

The following battle is very short - and I was surprised to find that it is the only example in over 5,300 BSJG games in The Database.

As always, White moves his Queen often; but Black balances this out by moving his King even more. 

Wall, Bill - NN, 2016

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4

The Blackburne Shilling Gambit.


The Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit. 


The Blackburne Shilling Jerome Gambit Declined.

In almost 600 games in The Database, Black scores 31%.

5.Bc4 Ke8 6.Nxd4 exd4 7.Qh5+ Ke7 8.Qe5 checkmate

And that's that.

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