Saturday, May 20, 2017

Jerome Gambit: Smitten

A bit of chess advice from C.J.S. Purdy: Examine moves that smite. In the following game my opponent shows some familiarity with the Jerome Gambit, and smites hard at my position - alas, at one point losing his footing, with less than successful results.

perrypawnpusher - constipatedguru
5 5 blitz, FICS, 2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.Qf5+ Kd6 8.f4 Qh4+ 

Black ignores the (lack of) safety of his King as well as his attacked Knight, and plays a smiting move that is often dangerous to White.

9.g3 Nf3+

Again, a strong, attacking move.

10.Kf1 Nxh2+ 

Black can get away with this, but it is not best.

11.Kg2 Ne7 

But here he slips, although a number of my opponents have lost their way in the past as well:

11...Qe7 as in perrypawnpusher - intssed, blitz, FICS, 2010 (1-0, 12);

11...Qh6 as in perrypawnpusher - JTIV, blitz, FICS, 2010 (1-0, 32);

11...Qg4 (best) as in perrypawnpusher - jgknight, blitz, FICS, 2011 (1-0, 68);

11...Nf6 as in perrypawnpusher - mikelars, blitz, FICS, 2011 (1-0, 12); and

11...Qf6 as in perrypawnpusher - IlToscano,, 2016 (1-0, 18).

12.Qe5+ Kc6 13.gxh4 Ng4 14.Qc3 Kb6

Black has two pieces for his Queen. It is not enough.

15.d4 Bd6 16.e5 Nd5 17.Qb3+ Bb4 18.Qxd5 

You have to know that if Bill Wall were playing the White pieces he would have played something like 18.Nc3!?

18...d6 19.c3 c6 20.Qf3 Black forfeited on time

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