Monday, February 6, 2017

Jerome Gambit: Black Must Castle-by-Hand

I received a new Jerome Gambit game from Vlasta Fejfar. His opponent quickly solves the problem of the light square Bishop, but, instead, his Knights trip all over each other. White's attack against the uncastled King wins.

Vlastous - koden
internet, 2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6 7.Qd5+Ke8 8.Qxc5 d6 9.Qe3 Be6 

The Bishop never finds a comfortable place to stay. At e6 it encourages White to play f2-f4-f5.

10.O-O Qd7 11.f4 Bf7 12.d4 Bc4

Black moves the piece again, and may feel comfortable in that, in attacking White's Rook, he gains a tempo. The truth is that White is "forced" to make a move that he is happy to make, anyhow. In the meantime, Black's King remains a target in the center of the board.

13.Re1 N8e7 14.f5 Nf8 15.d5 

More danger for the Bishop.

White now sacrifices a pawn to open the center and fuel his attack.

15...c6 16.Na3 cxd5 17.exd5 Bxd5 18.Qd3 Bc6 19.Bg5 

Black resigned

Black will lose his Queen for a Rook and Knight. His King will still be stuck in the center, and White's attack will proceed along the helpfully opened center files.

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