Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Jerome Gambit: Troubling Pawns

In return for sacrificing one or two pieces in the Jerome Gambit, White gets some pawns. "Objectively" they are not enough compensation, but at times they can cause quite a number of problems for the defender. Witness the following game.

Wall, Bill - Chrisbow

lichess.org, 2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.d4 Bxd4 7.Qxd4 d6 8.O-O Nf6

And now for the pawns...

9.f4 Nc6 10.Qd3 d5 11.e5 Ne4 12.c4 Nc5

13.Qa3 b6 14.b4 Ne6 15.f5 Ned4 16.e6+ Kf6 

Off to his doom! 16...Kf8 was necessary.

17.Qe3 h6 18.Bb2 dxc4 19.b5 Na5 20.Bxd4+ Ke7 21f6+ Ke8 22.fxg7 Rg8 23.Rf8+ Rxf8 24.gxf8=Q+ Kxf8 25.Qf4+ Ke8 26.Qf7 checkmate

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