Monday, December 4, 2017

Jerome Gambit: Never Knew What Hit Him, Either

I have been sharing some recently uncovered games by Ukranian player Vladymyr Yurev, online at It is clear that he and his opponents are playing for fun, as evidenced by the nasty, brutish and short wins by White.

Here is a game where Vladymyr took it seriously on the chin. I suspect he chuckled and set the pieces up again.

Vladymyr  Yurev - GN ITA
15 0, InstantChess, 2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 h6 

The Semi-Italian opening, generally played as a safety first line. Not so, if White wants to get all Jerome-ish.

4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.d4 exd4 6.Nxd4 Qf6 7.Nf5 d6

Uh, oh.. Things don't seem to be going smoothly for White.

8.Qd5+ Be6 9.Nxd6+ 

The start of an irrational streak, the kind of thing that you see when your opponent's clock is almost expired, and you are willing to try anything to get him to use up those last precious seconds thinking...

9...Bxd6 10.Qxe6+ Qxe6 11.e5 

Okay, so White is going to blow everything up and start all over, next game.

11...Qxe5+ 12.Kd2 Qd4+ 13.Ke2 Re8+ 14.Kf3 Ne5+ 

Or 14...Qe4#.

15.Kg3 Nd3+ 

Or 15...Qg4#.

16.Kh3 Nxf2 checkmate

Oh, well, as the song goes, "Two out of three ain't bad."

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