Sunday, December 6, 2015

A nice Jerome gambit

Friday evening, as a surprise act, I played a nice little Jerome gambit in our local chess club. My opponent, who had prepared himself for a firece BlackmarDiemer, could not believe his eyes.

Guido De Bouver - Verstappen
Mechelen, 2015

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ (diagram)
the starting point of the Jerome gambit

6...Ng6 7.Qd5+ Ke8 8.Qxc5 d6 9.Qe3 Nf6 10.0-0 Rf8 11.d4 b6 12.f4 (diagram)
Jerome pawns on the move !

12...Bb7 13.Nc3 Qe7 14.f5 Nh8 15.e5 dxe5 16.dxe5 Nd5 17.Nxd5 Bxd5 18.b3 Nf7 19.Bb2 (diagram)
Draw agreed.

A very complicated position - white has two strong pawns for the piece and has the safer king. If black however can exchange a few pieces, black should have the better endgame.

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