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Re: Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+
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Re: Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+
Reply #35 - 12/29/07 at 19:39:51
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RickKennedy wrote on 12/29/07 at 13:24:42:
Well, it was bound to happen sometime...


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internet blitz game 2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxe5 Nf6 8.Qxc5 d6 9.Qe3 Qe7 10.d3 Be6 11.0-0 b6 12.Nc3 Rae8 13.f4 Ng4 14.Qf3 h5 15.f5 gxf5 16.exf5 Bd7 17.Bd2 Nf6 18.Rae1 Qf8 19.Rxe8 Qxe8 20.Re1 Qd8 21.Bg5 Rg8 22.Bxf6 Qxf6 23.Qd5+ Kg7 24.Qf3 Rf8 25.Qg3+ Kh8 26.Qe3 Qxf5 27.Qd4+ Rf6

The problem, you say??
Especially since with that last move Black hangs a Rook to 28.Nd5?

The game was played at 3 0, a time control foolishly too fast for me -- and I was chatting with my opponent during the game, as well.

I lost on time.

You see, there is something dumber than playing the Jerome Gambit: playing Jerome's Double Opening with too little time to think (and then do something) about it...

Rick


And 3min Blitz and below is precisely where this gambit should remain.

Please also note that replying to your own posts repeatedly will hardly generate interest in this gambit or thread.

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Re: Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+
Reply #34 - 12/29/07 at 13:24:42
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Well, it was bound to happen sometime...


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internet blitz game 2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxe5 Nf6 8.Qxc5 d6 9.Qe3 Qe7 10.d3 Be6 11.0-0 b6 12.Nc3 Rae8 13.f4 Ng4 14.Qf3 h5 15.f5 gxf5 16.exf5 Bd7 17.Bd2 Nf6 18.Rae1 Qf8 19.Rxe8 Qxe8 20.Re1 Qd8 21.Bg5 Rg8 22.Bxf6 Qxf6 23.Qd5+ Kg7 24.Qf3 Rf8 25.Qg3+ Kh8 26.Qe3 Qxf5 27.Qd4+ Rf6

The problem, you say??
Especially since with that last move Black hangs a Rook to 28.Nd5?

The game was played at 3 0, a time control foolishly too fast for me -- and I was chatting with my opponent during the game, as well.

I lost on time.

You see, there is something dumber than playing the Jerome Gambit: playing Jerome's Double Opening with too little time to think (and then do something) about it...

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Re: Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.B
Reply #33 - 12/08/07 at 05:12:52
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There is a  Roll Eyes Jerome Gambit Thematic Tournament  Roll Eyes going on at www.chessworld.net -- 13 players, double round robin!

So far the Jerome Gambit has scored 24-32. That's not at all comparable with the Ruy Lopez, of course, but rather it does seem rather spritely for an opening that's been refuted for about 125 years.


WARNING: The Jerome Gambit is quite disreputable and has quite a few refutations. Its use should be restricted to "fun" games or as a manner of offering "odds" to weaker opponents. The author is not responsible for any disasters that might come from using the Jerome Gambit (although he remains interested in learning about and staring at the wreckage).
  
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Re: Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.B
Reply #32 - 11/29/07 at 05:44:15
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How DOES someone  Shocked lose Shocked to the Jerome Gambit??

Like I've said, I count on the elements of   Huh surprise,  Shocked disbelief, and  Cheesy over-confidence  to weasel my way to wins... Like the next one.

RickKennedy - anon
blitz  2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.Qf5+ Kd6 8.f4 Qf6 9.fxe5+ Qxe5 10.Qf3 Ke7 11.Nc3 d6

Black's 10th move was a TN, and more bad news for me: his 6...Ke6 was one of the many refutations of the Jerome, and his 8...Qf6 to return a piece was very sensible (and "book"). Now he has invented a maneuver to safeguard his King and open up a line for his Queen's Bishop.

The one downside? Necessary was 11...Nf6, because now White can force a draw!  

12.Nd5+ Kd8

How unfortunate.

Best was 12...Kd7 but White has 13.d4! Bxd4 ( 13...Qxd4 14.Qf7+ Kc6 15.Qxc7+ Kb5 16.Be3 Qc4 17.Qf7 Bxe3 18.a4+ Ka5 19.b4+ Qxb4+ 20.Nxb4+-) 14.Bf4 Qe8 ( 14...Qe6 15.0-0-0 Be5 16.Bxe5 Qxe5 17.Qf8 c6 18.Qf7+ Kd8 19.Qf8+ Kd7 20.Qf7+ draw by repetition) 15.0-0-0 Be5 16.Bxe5 Qxe5 17.Qf8 c6 18.Qf7+ Kd8 ( 18...Ne7 19.Nxe7! Qxe7? 20.Rxd6++-) 19.Qf8+ Kd7 20.Qf7+ and I draw by repetition.

Of course, I didn't realize this at the time.

13.d3

I was clueless to the winning opportunity: 13.d4! Bxd4 ( 13...Qxd4 14.Qf8+ Kd7 15.Qf7+ Kc6 16.Qxc7+ Kb5 17.Be3+-) 14.Bf4 Qe6 15.0-0-0 Bb6 16.Bxd6 cxd6 17.Qf8+ Qe8 18.Qxg7 Ne7 19.Nf6 Qf8 20.Rxd6+ Kc7 21.Qg3+-

After the text White is clearly busted, and  I can only hope that my opponent errs.

13...Ne7 14.Nxe7 Kxe7 15.Rf1 Be6 16.c3 Raf8 17.Qe2

After the game my study buddy Rybka suggested 17.Bf4 Qf6 18.Qe2 Kd8 19.d4 Bb6 20.d5 Bd7 21.0-0-0 Qg6 22.Rde1 Kc8 as being somewhat less  Cry miserable  Cry for White.

17...Rxf1+ 18.Kxf1

The Queen should capture, but, then again, I should resign. Tongue My only "chance" is a psychological "rope-a-dope" ploy.
I can try it, but it'll never work...

18...Rf8+ 19.Ke1 Qf6 20.d4 Bb6 21.Be3 Qh4+ 22.g3 Qxe4

Angry Smack that King around!  Angry Grab those pawns!  Angry Advance that Queen!  Angry Why won't that Jerome Gambite see that he's done for?

At this point in some of his games, E.J. Diemer (of Blackmar Diemer Gambit notoriety) used to yell out "Precisely the blunder that I was expecting!" As if...

23.Bg5+ Kd7 24.Qxe4 h6 25.Be3 c5 26.dxc5 dxc5 27.Rd1+ Kc8 28.Qxe6+ Black resigns

Truly, good luck is better than a license to steal. Roll Eyes

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Re: Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.B
Reply #31 - 11/24/07 at 14:32:22
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Shocked The latest issue of Kaissiber has an article about the Jerome Gambit in it!  Shocked

No, it doesn't. Just kidding...  Grin  Grin

CoolStefan Bücker's Cool amazing German-language chess magazine now has an Italian-language version, and he is working on an English-language version -- but so far, no Jerome Gambit article... Cry

But I'm still playing the fool opening from time to time, saving 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ for giving "Jerome Gambit odds" against the right player, at the right time, with the right time control...

For me, that's been in Internet blitz. So far I've been  Roll Eyesextraordinarily lucky Roll Eyes, going 10-0 with the Jerome, and 3-0-2 in openings I Jerome-ized. I count on the elements of  Huhsurprise, disbelief, and over-confidence Huh to weasel my way to wins. (Not quite as unethical as mugging old ladies for their Social Security checks, but what can I say?)

Without further ado, then, here is a recent game that extends Jerome Gambit "theory". Opponent's name is excised.

rickkennedy - anon
blitz  2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxe5 d6

Of course this is Blackburne's counter-gambit, which is not as sound as Whistler's 7...Qe7!, but it is much better known.

8.Qxh8 Qh4 9.d4

This move was suggested in the notes to Amateur - Blackburne, London 1885 (the correct year) given in the August 1885 issue of the Brooklyn Chess Chronicle. Few have mentioned it after that. Volker Drüke did, in his 11/12/1987 issue of Gambit Revue; as did Pandolfini two years later in his Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps; and Hidemburg Melao, Jr. did so in 2003 in an article at www.superajedrez.com. I have found only one previous game with the line, at www.chessknot.com, dj222 - invincible1 (1-0, 17).

9...Bb4+

This odd move surprised me, and I quickly lost my way. The funny thing is that when I turned the game over to Rybka afterwards, it found 9...Qxe4+ 10.Be3 Bb4+ and put it among its top choices!

Melao recommended 9...Nf6 10.Nd2, preferring this to 10.e5, as he believed that after 9...Nf6 10.e5 dxe5 11.0-0 Bd6 Black would have the advantage.

10.c3 Qxe4+ 11.Kf1

I knew that the right move was 11.Be3, but I unthinkingly believed that I could take advantage of Black's "unfortunate" Bishop at b4. Wrong! After 11.Be3 Qxg2 12.Qxh7+ Kf8 13.Rf1 White will be able to secure his game and 0-0-0 his King to safety.

11...Qd3+ 12.Ke1 Bg4 13.Qxh7+ Kf8 14.f3

EmbarrassedMiserable Embarrassed.

With plenty of time to think, Rybka suggested 14.Bh6+ Nxh6 15.Qxh6+ Kg8 16.f3 Re8+ 17.Kf2 Re2+ 18.Kg3 Rxg2+ 19.Kxg2 Bxf3+ 20.Kg1 Qd1+ 21.Kf2 Qe2+ 22.Kg3 Qg2+ 23.Kf4 Bh5 although the Queen sac it then suggests for White may well allow the first player to use his two Rooks to establish a perpetual 24.Qxh5 gxh5 25.Na3 Qxb2 26.cxb4 Qxa3  Undecidedunclear Undecided.

This is one of two reasons why I find this game interesting.

14...Re8+15.Kf2 Qe2+

Pity. Wrong piece!

Rybka shows Black had a mate in 20, for example: 15...Re2+ 16.Kg3 Rxg2+ 17.Kxg2 Bxf3+ 18.Kg3 Bd5+ 19.Kf2 Qf3+ 20.Ke1 Qxh1+ 21.Kd2 Qg2+ 22.Ke1 Qg1+ 23.Kd2 Qf2+ 24.Kd3 Qf5+ 25.Kd2 Bc4 26. Ke3 Qd3+ 27. Kf2 Qf1+ 28. Kg3 Qe1+ 29. Kh3 Bf1+ 30. Kg4 Be2+ 31.Kh3 Qf1+ 32. Kh4 Qf2+ 33. Kh3 Qf3+ 34. Kh4 Qg4#

Quite interesting -- and it would have been a just outcome!  Wink Wink

16.Kg3

Now White's King will escape, and the game is back under control: White has the material and the threats to win.
I think my opponent became discouraged when his attack disappeared. We both were in time trouble, but I had enough ticks to finish his King off.

16...Bf5 17.Bh6+ Nxh6 18.Qxh6+ Ke7 19.cxb4 Qxb2 20.Qg5+ Kd7 21.Nd2 Qxd4 22.Rhe1 Rh8 23.Qe7+ Kc6 24.Rec1+ Kb5 25.a4+ Kxb4 26.Ne4 Rh3+ 27.gxh3 Qh8 28.Nf2 g5 29.Qe1+ Kb3 30.Qe3+ Kb4 31.Qd2+ Kb3 32.Qd5+ Kb4 33.Qb5# 1-0

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Re: Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.B
Reply #30 - 04/15/06 at 09:10:51
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I'm listening to Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" and feeling like the chessic equivalent of that title character... Huh

The April issue of  Cool "Kaissiber" Cool is out  Smiley, with a whole host of serious (and seriously good) articles  Smiley-- but not the Jerome Gambit article. Cry   Wouldn't you know it, the editor prefers cutting-edge Grandmaster analysis over my historical/hysterical droolings... Roll Eyes

So, to keep the chess fires burning until the next issue  Embarrassed ( Roll Eyeswhich I hope, hope, hope will show Jerome's Double Opening Roll Eyes) here's a gem from the pages of the Adelaide Observer, from 125 years ago.

Oh, and on the topic of Jerome Gambit games - please send 'em if you got 'em.

Rick Kennedy

WARNING: The Jerome Gambit is quite disreputable and has quite a few refutations. Its use should be restricted to "fun" games or as a manner of offering "odds" to weaker opponents. The author is not responsible for any disasters that might come from using the Jerome Gambit (although he remains interested in learning about and staring at the wreckage).



The Adelaide Observer, Saturday, May 28, 1881

CHESS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
(From the Melbourne Leader.)

The following fine game is one of those in the closely contested match by correspondence to which we lately referred, between Messrs. Charlick and Mann.  The time occupied in playing it was six months.  It abounds in interesting and difficult positions.  Another game has since been finished ending in a draw, making the score - Charlick 4, Mann 3, drawn 6.  

Charlick,H - Mann,J [C50]
correspondence Australia, 1881

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

This ingenious sacrifice was invented by Mr. Jerome, an American player, in 1874, and, unless correctly answered, yields a strong attack. It seems rather rash to venture on it in a correspondence game.

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5

5...Kf8 is, we think, better

6.Qh5+ Ng6

6...Ke6 is preferable

7.Qd5+ Ke8 8.Qxc5 d6 9.Qe3

The authorities give  9.Qc3 but White prefers the text move.

9...Nf6 10.d4 Qe7

10...Kf7 is surely stronger, bringing his R in to immediate action, and threatening to take KP with Kt.

11.0-0 Ng4

This only assists White in developing his game by driving back the Kt presently;  11...b6 seems the best method of getting his forces into action.

12.Qe2 Qh4 13.h3 Nf6 14.f4

White has now a most formidable attack.

14...Nh5 15.Qf2 Qxf2+ 16.Rxf2 Rf8 17.f5 Ne7 18.c4 c6

Again we should have preferred 18...b6

19.g4 Nf6 20.Nc3 d5 21.e5

White's pawns now look quite irresistable.

21...Nd7 22.cxd5 Nxd5 23.Ne4 N7b6 24.b3 a5 25.e6

This, we believe, is premature.  25.Bg5 is a very strong move.

25...h6 26.Bb2 Ke7 27.Re1 Ra7

Black's game is so cramped that defeat is inevitable.

28.Nc5

White might also have obtained a fine game by advancing the KRP here.

28...Na8 29.Nd3 b5 30.Ne5 Kd6 31.Rc1 Ra6 32.Rc5 Bb7 33.Rfc2 Rc8 34.Bc1 a4 35.b4

Very well played.

35...a3

Had he taken P with Kt, White would ahve gained a winning position by  35...Nxb4 36.Bf4

36.Bd2 Nab6 37.Be1 Na4 38.Bg3 Ke7 39.Nd7 Nxc5 40.dxc5 Rg8 41.Bd6+ Ke8 42.Rd2 Ra4

This, we believe, is his best play; had he moved 42...Nf6 White could have replied with 43.Be5 forcing the game in a few moves.; If 42...Nxb4 White wins off-hand by  43.f6

43.Rxd5

Well played, obtaining a winning position, through it still requires great care to bring about that result.

43...cxd5 44.f6 gxf6 45.Nxf6+ Kd8 46.e7+ Kc8 47.Nxg8 Bc6 48.Nf6 Rxb4 49.e8Q+ Bxe8 50.Nxe8 Rb1+ 51.Kf2 Rb2+ 52.Kf3 Rxa2 53.Nc7 b4 54.Nxd5 b3 55.c6 Rc2 (must) 56.Bxa3 Ra2 57.Bd6 Rc2 58.Be5 b2 59.Nb6+ Kd8 60.c7+ Rxc7 61.Bxb2 Rc5 62.Bd4 Rb5 63.Nc4 Ke7 64.h4 Ke6 65.Ke4 Rb1 66.Ne3 Kf7 67.h5 Kg8 68.Nf5 Kh7 69.Be3 Re1 70.Nxh6 Rxe3+ 71.Kxe3 Kxh6 72.Kf4 1-0

The whole of the end game has been played by White with the greatest precision.

  
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Re: Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.B
Reply #29 - 02/25/06 at 10:31:49
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As long as I seem to be on a  Roll Eyes "Practical Play of the Jerome Gambit"  Roll Eyes kick, I might as well share a game from my chessfriend Pete Banks, in England. The notes are Pete's [my comments are in the parentheses].

Rick


Banks,P - Ress,M [C50]
Wolverhampton Summer Lge Div 3S Halesowen v Lucas BS, 01.07.2003

I've got to start winning a few. I'm going to play steady and wait for a mistake.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5

Ah, what the hell, let's go for the Jerome Gambit. After all, I've never lost with it. I am about the only player still playing this variation - see chesshistory.com.

[Pete and I later discovered that Louis Morin was playing the Jerome in blitz on ICC - Rick]

4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Kf8

Would this be the Jerome Gambit declined? I've never seen it before. [As old as Jerome - Brownson, 1875, 1/2-1/2, 29; and Vazquez - Carrington, 2nd Match, 1876, 1-0, 43; but hardly seen since - Rick]  It's normal to take the Knight and give a piece back after 6 Qh5

6.Qh5

Threatening mate in 1. If 6...g6 7Nxg6 ch. If 6...Qe7 7Ng6ch

6...Qf6 7.Nxd7+ Bxd7 8.Qxc5+

I've got 3 pawns plus a piece for my 2 pices. In the normal line I only get two.

8...Qd6

This next move means I've got to start developing all over again, but it gives him a weak pawn and I'll always back 3 pawns against a minor piece.

9.Qxd6+ cxd6

Time to consolidate and eventually start developing.

10.c3 Nf6 11.f3 Kf7 12.0-0 Rhe8

He's got 4 pieces developed to my 1. Need to get some openings.

13.d4 Kg8

Now I start a series of poor moves with my bishop. I need to get it developed, but it's hard to find the right square. I think I get it right at the fourth attempt.

14.Bf4 d5 15.e5 Nh5 16.Bg5 Nxe5

He's sacced back! That's a surprise.

17.dxe5 Rxe5 18.Bc1 Bb5 19.Rd1 Rae8

I've got to be a bit careful now. I'm a pawn up, but I really need to get my pieces moving, else his rooks could cause havok.

20.Bd2 Re2 21.Na3 Bd3

I'm watching the tactics pretty carefully now. I should be ok, but have lost the initiative.

22.Re1 Nf4 23.Rxe2 Nxe2+ 24.Kf2 Rf8

This next move may seem strange, but it's to stop his B retreating to a6.

25.b4 Nf4

My opponent didn't see this next little combo.

26.Bxf4 Rxf4 27.Ke3 Rh4 28.Kxd3 Rxh2

Clear piece up now.

29.Rg1

That wasn't best I probably should have played Re1. But who cares, this is a breeze now. Some of the following moves are for sadistic purposes only. i.e. See how many pawns I can take before he resigns.

29...Kf7 30.Nb5 Rh6 31.Re1 a6 32.Nd4 g6 33.a4 Rh2 34.g4 Ra2 35.a5

I'm trying to take all reasonable moves away, and then start picking up pawns. After the game, my opponent said he knew he'd got a lost position, but was trying to win on time. I had 25 minutes left. I reckon an earthworm could win this in 25 mins.

35...Ra3 36.Re5 Ra2 37.Rxd5 Rh2 38.Rd7+ Kf6 39.Rxb7 h5 40.gxh5 gxh5

This is slightly concerning, but I reckon I can sac rook and knight for that pawn and still win!

41.Rb6+ Kg5 42.Rxa6 h4 43.Ne6+ Kf5 44.Ke3 Rc2

Whoops! He blundered.

45.Nd4+ 1-0

  
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Reply #28 - 02/24/06 at 03:46:37
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Re: Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.B
Reply #27 - 02/24/06 at 03:33:32
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Roll EyesAny updates on Jeromes Gambit? Grin


Players familiar with  Cool Life Master Brian Wall  Cool of Colorado (www.walverine.com and http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/BrianWallChess among other places) know that he's not afraid to play offbeat openings, like his beloved Fishing Pole; and he's not afraid to express strong opinions when he has them. His annotations are often amusing and always educational.

A couple years ago I swapped emails with Brian, and enticed him into playing the Jerome Gambit online. You might want to consider it an "odds game," with Brian giving his opponent "odds of the Jerome Gambit" to even things up a bit. Here is the game, with his notes.

brianwall (2339) - maten8 (1374) [C50]
ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 22.06.2004
[Wall]

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/BrianWallChess/message/83
Wall  vs  Maten8  Game/5  Jerome  Gambit

Historical moment -
Life Master Brian Wall tries Jerome Gambit for the first time, inspired by Historian Rick Kennedy, Maverick Tyrin Price and Civil War Veteran/Hemp Farmer Alfonso Jerome.

[Tyrin Price and Brian Wall had analyzed Lt. Whistler's Defense, which leads to a nasty, brutal and short game for White  Shocked -- Rick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+

This was a scary and amusing moment - was Maten8 going to play 6 ... g6 as recommended by Lt. Whistler? Had he read " Surviving Annoying Openings " by Watson and Schiller? Was 6 ... Ke6 on his agenda?

6...g6 7.Qxe5

Another scary and amusing moment. Would he put the Tyrin question to me with 7... Qe7? Luckily, there is an unwritten Law of Chess that states a lower rated player will trade any advantage, no matter how massive, for a certain draw against a higher rated player. The Law is based on the principle that the lower rated player knows in his heart he never deserves to win, no matter how well he has played. Why should the Chessboard be any different from his life?

Maten8 sees an "opportunity" to trade queens and grabs it with both hands.

7...Bxf2+!!

If I ignore the computers and just base my analysis on the practical evidence of the one game in my extensive Jerome Gambit database, I must conclude the Jerome Gambit wins by force each and every game. Theoreticians may quibble for centuries but my conclusion is based on real world experience.

[I have 8 games with this line in my database, all wins for White, from a quickie of 14 moves to a still-miniature of 25 moves -- Rick]

8.Kxf2 Qf6+ 9.Qxf6+ Nxf6 10.Nc3 d6 11.d4 c6 12.h3 Re8 13.Re1 Be6 14.Bf4 Rad8 15.Rad1 Nh5 16.Bh2 Rf8 17.g4 Nf6 18.Kg2 Kg7 19.Bg3 b5 20.d5 cxd5 21.exd5

I sent a bale of hemp to Maten8 and logged off.

Let there be light.
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Reply #26 - 02/22/06 at 04:09:46
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Re: Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.B
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Latest Jerome Gambit I've seen was a 10 minute game played on the Internet. I've omitted the names of both players - especially the one who played the black pieces, who apparently  Angry took offense  Angry  at having to face such a trashy opening. Same old story: pride goes before a fall...   Cry

White had a winning game after a dozen moves, and although there were quicker endings, the one arrived at was just as sure. It only seems fitting to sing "I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends  Roll Eyes" as you play this one over.

Rick

[Event "10 min.blitz"]
[Site "gameknot"]
[Date "2006.02.08"]
[Round "-"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
 
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.d4 Bxd4 7.Qxd4 d6 8.f4 {this may be a TN} c5 9.Qc3 Qh4+ 10.g3 Qh6 11.Nd2 b5 12.fxe5 b4 13.O-O+ Ke6 14.Qc4+ Ke7 15.Qf7+ Kd8 16.Qf8+ Kc7 17.Nc4 Qe6 18.Rf7+ Bd7 19.Rxd7+ Qxd7 20.Qxa8 Qb5 21.exd6+ Kd7 22.Qxa7+ Kc6 23.d7 {23.Qc7#}  Nf6 24.Ne5+ Kd6 25.Nf7+ Ke7 26.Nxh8 {26.d8=Q+ Ke6 27.Qde7#} Nxd7 27.Bg5+ Ke6 28.Qa8 Qc4 29.Qe8+ Kd6 30.Rd1+ Kc6 31.Qxd7+ Kb6 32.Bd8+ Ka6 33.Rd6#
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unfortunately, all of my games with the jerome were back in the day of actual boards and clocks, so i do not have any scores. i just remember the basic theme, or at least the way that i played it. the games were never as bang-bang as the gambit's first few moves would lead people to believe. usually i would just roll pawns on the kingside to try and make the most them, similar to a halloween attack. sometimes it worked. sometimes it didn't. i never really got blown off the board just for playing it though. its not that bad in the right type of games. i suppose i say that about most of my openings though...
  
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Smiley skillz, Tater_Salad, care to share some of those blitz games??

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i've used to play the jerome sometimes in blitz or with friends, and it is fun to play. i'd say if you want to play something wacky against an open defense though, the halloween attack is just as fun, stronger, and you'll see 3...Nf6 trying to get there more often than you'll see 3...Bc5 trying to play the jerome.
  
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I'm a jerome enthusiast and I play it for fun in blitz every chance I get. I have some OTB experiance w/ it, but not much. I'm leisurely working on analyzing it as white myself and hope eventually it'll pay off Tongue

  

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I'm amused Lev can criticise the Jerome given half of the stuff he plays (and claims to be good...)!

Yes, the Jerome is crap. No-one here is claiming any different. It's still fun to analyse, though.
  

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Unbelievable such crap is being mentioned. Any line of the KG is miles better! (if you want to play with recless abandon)


Of course the Jerome Gambit is crap. Without a doubt the King's Gambit is miles better. Even the Fred is better. In a contemporary serious game, between equals...

As for unbelieveable, well, I guess everyone has his or her own hobby horse to ride. You don't have to believe in mine, and I don't have to believe in yours.  Smiley
  
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The Jerome Gambit... I will play it when I see some good improvements for White, and not before.


Shocked Gosh! I don't think I'd want to hold my breath waiting for THAT to happen! Shocked

The Jerome Gambit was analyzed and played as an unorthodox opening 125 years ago. Today it exists as an historical oddity - a platypus of an opening (have you seen many of them around lately, either?). It may well be playable in modern times among amateurs in situations where - as 125 years ago - the much stronger one might alternately have offered odds of a Rook or a Knight. Too, some very odd things are played in blitz on the Internet these days...
  
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Unbelievable such crap is being mentioned. Any line of the KG is miles better! (if you want to play with recless abandon)
  

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I play lots of unorthodox openings,  even invented  quite a few myself, but even I would not play the Jerome Gambit. It's one thing playing the Muzio Gambit in the King's Gambit, where you give up two pieces for an enduring attack on the Black King. It is another thing where you do not have anything for two pieces.

Okay, maybe you can get something for one pieces -- at best.  But there is still the matter of the extra piece! 

The Jerome Gambit... I will play it when I see some good improvements for White, and not before.
  
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Embarrassed  Sigh...   Embarrassed
December's Kaissiber came out, and it looks like my Jerome Gambit article was bumped...  Cry

Grin  Bumped by a slam-bang article on the Max Lange Attack, by GM Gutman - White is for choice again (still?) !  Grin

Dare I even say it: "Maybe next issue (March '06)?"  Roll Eyes

In the meantime, Neil Brennen has written an article, "Wanted: Opponents" for The Campbell Report (www.correspondencechess.com/campbell/articles/a051115.htm) that shows (among other things) Alonzo Wheeler Jerome playing his opening in two correspondence games. The first (1878) is a 68-move loss for White, after almost equalizing after a dozen or so moves of play. The second is an example of the little-known Whistler's Defense - and AWJ's improvements for White's play, alas, are not enough to salvage the game for the first player.

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I know it feels like a  Shocked gazillion Shocked years now that I've been promising that my Jerome Gambit article will appear in Stefan Bucker's quarterly chess magazine "Kaissiber", but I can finally say with some conviction that Part I will be in the December 2005 issue, and Part II will be in the March 2006 issue.

Part I will be mostly the historical information; Part II will be the analysis. And believe me, Mr. Bucker and friends have been  Roll Eyesworking hard  Roll Eyes to try to make "Jerome's Double Gambit" work... In all fairness, I have to admit this is probably one patient that even those specialists can't revive. Undecided

Anyhow, now that the USCF / Chess Cafe is selling Kaissiber, everyone who loves serious, scholarly looks at unorthodox openings has no excuse for not checking that magazine out, and getting back issues while they're still available. Or, take a peak at www.kaissiber.com. Or both.

Just remember, next issue spills the beans on the opening Ray Keene long ago opined should NEVER be played.
  
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GrinRick,
     Checked out chessville and Jeromes Birthday party. Roll Eyes
     I coach 2 school chess teams myself,plan to show
the kids Jerome-4th and 5th grades. 8)
  They should have some fun with it.
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GrinRick, thanks for the update.
I will try some Jeromes in my blitz games.
 I enjoyed the items you had in MOB.
How did you get on the Jerome Gambit bandwagon? 8)


GrinWould love to see those Jeromes when they appear. Choose the right opponent and the right moment and you will have a great time! Grin

Thanks for the kind words about the articles in the Myers Openings Bulletin. FYI, a hunk of my fiction and book reviews can be found online at Chessville. The internet-based Unorthodox Openings Newsletter has some articles of mine, as well - I think another issue will be coming out soon.

I started looking into the Jerome Gambit about 4 years ago. I remembered it from an article in the Ohio State University weekly chess newsletter "Phalanx,"  from the 1960s or 1970s, but I probably got serious after reading about the opening in one of Eric Schiller's books, most likely Unorthodox Chess Openings.  

The visitors to the old ChessHistory site were incredibly helpful to me in my search for information about the Jerome Gambit. I posted some of my early research there and received in return great information and clues to follow up. Don't know how easy it is to get there any more since the recent ChessHistory re-design.

Good luck!

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GrinRick, thanks for the update.
I will try some Jeromes in my blitz games.
  I enjoyed the items you had in MOB.
How did you get on the Jerome Gambit bandwagon? 8)
  
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Glad you asked!

Stefan Bucker has just recently returned to publishing his Kaissiber magazine -- the current issue has a killer article on the Halloween Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5!? Roll Eyes

He plans a September 2005 issue and a December 2005 issue, and has said that my Jerome Gambit article will be in either one or the other. I certainly hope so!! Grin

In the meantime, I've played a couple more Jerome Gambits ( Tonguewhat was I thinking?? Tongue) at blitz and "Jeromed" my response to a Blackburne Shilling Gambit. I share them with the request that you a) not laugh too loud and b) be respectful of my opponents, who could hardly have expected to face such offal, were taken by surprise, and would no doubt demolish me if we were ever to meet again!

perrypawnpusher - PREMK
FICS rated blitz game 6 12, 2005
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.Qf5+ Kd6 8.f4 Qf6 9.fxe5+ Qxe5 10.Qf3 Nf6 11.d3 Ke7 12.Nc3 Bb4 13.0-0 Rf8 14.Nd5+ Black resigns 1-0

perrypawnpusher - Alternative
FICS rated blitz game 6 16 FICS, 2005
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxe5 Nf6 8.Qxc5 d6 9.Qe3 Re8 10.d3 Kg7 11.0-0 d5 12.Qh6+ Kg8 13.exd5 Nxd5 14.Nc3 Nxc3 15.bxc3 Qf6 16.Bd2 Qg7 17.Rae1 Rxe1 18.Rxe1 Qxh6 19.Bxh6 Bf5 20.Re7 Rc8 21.Bf4 Kf8 22.Rxc7 Rxc7 23.Bxc7 Ke7 24.Kf1 Kd7 25.Be5 Kc6 26.Bd4 a6 27.c4 b5 28.cxb5+ axb5 29.a3 Be6 30.Ke2 Bd5 31.g3 Ba2 32.c3 Kd5 33.Ke3 Bb1 34.Bg7 Ba2 35.f4 Bb1 36.h3 Bc2 37.g4 Ke6 38.Ke4 Kf7 39.Bd4 h6 40.f5 g5 41.Kf3 Bxd3 42.Kg3 Be2 43.h4 Bd1 44.hxg5 hxg5 45.Be3 Kf6 46.Bb6 Ke5  47.Bd8 Ke4 48.Bxg5 Kd3 49.Bf6 Kc4 50.g5 Kb3 51.g6 Bh5 52.Kf4 Kxa3  53.Kg5 Bd1 54.Kh6 Bb3 55.Kg7 b4 56.cxb4 Kxb4 57.Kf8 Kc5 58.Be7+ Kd5 59.f6 Ke5 60.g7 Kf5 61.g8Q Bxg8 62.Kxg8 Kg6 63.f7 Black resigns 1-0

perrypawnpusher - patitolo
FICS rated blitz game 6 12, 2005
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Ke8 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Nxg6 Nf6 8.Qe5+ Qe7 9.Nxe7 Bxe7 10.Qxd4 d6 11.Nc3 Be6 12.Nd5 c5 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Qxf6 Rf8 15.Qxe6+ Kd8 16.Qxd6+ Ke8 17.d3 Rd8 18.Qe6# Black checkmated 1-0

I'm still interested in seeing anyone's Jerome Gambit games, no matter how good, bad or ugly. I'm already working on a follow-up article tentatively titled "The Modern Jerome Gambit."

Rick Kennedy

WARNING: The Jerome Gambit is quite disreputable and has quite a few refutations. Its use should be restricted to "fun" games or as a manner of offering "odds" to weaker opponents. The author is not responsible for any disasters that might come from using the Jerome Gambit (although he remains interested in learning about and staring at the wreckage).

  
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My system crashed most abysmally about the same time you left me that book about Marshall's French/Sicilian Gambit, and having lost your email address, I never got the chance to thank you for it!  Email me at cornstalk at columbus dot rr dot com if you want to talk.  The book was great fun. 

I would've messaged you here, but people often overlook those messages.

Many thanks for the book,

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Ah, yes, of course the  Shocked Jerome Gambit Shocked is ridiculous! Shocked

I will not  Tongue defend  Tongue it to my death -- but I will   ??? research  ??? it for a few more years of my life...

Here's what appears to be the debut of yet another great  8) refutation 8) of the Jerome Gambit. White was played by Lt. Sorensen, whose article on the JG in the May 1877 issue of Nordisk Skaktidende launched the Gambit's international recognition. Why not take the time to discover just where and when  Embarrassed Black  Embarrassed went terribly wrong?
Sorensen,S - X [C50]
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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.d4 Qh4 7.0-0 Ng4 8.h3 Bd6 9.e5 Bxe5 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Qd5+ Kf6 12.f4 Ng6 13.Nc3 d6 14.Be3 Ke7 15.Rae1 Kd8 16.Nb5 Nf6 17.Qc4 Ne8 18.Bf2 Qf6 19.Bd4 Qh4 20.Rxe8+ Kxe8 21.Nxc7+ Kf8 22.f5 Ne5 23.f6 gxf6 24.Qd5 Kg7 25.Qxd6 Rg8 26.Rxf6 Qxf6 27.Bxe5 and won 1-0

  
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I'll be honest, I first read this post and I was laughing at such a rediculous line, but I think it may be just as sound as some other stupid gambits that people will defend to their death.
  
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If memory serves, Schiller includes this line in his Unorthodox Chess Openings.  Most of that book leaves one understanding that unorthodox is another word for "really bad," but I remember being amused by his suggestion that much of the appeal of the Jerome was merely the opportunity to blast the bishop into f7, while shouting JEROOOOME at the top of your lungs.   Grin

That said, I've never tried it (shouting or the JG).
  

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Grin I would LOVE to see those blitz games!  Grin

(.pgn or .cbv to richardfkennedy@hotmail.com, please)

Here's a 2 12 game I played on ICC last year. It's not fancy, but it was a lot of fun!

perrypawnpusher - WHITE-KING
ICC 2 12 Internet Chess Club, 14.06.2004

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+  Shocked Kxf7 5.Nxe5+  Shocked Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6 7.Qxc5 N8e7 8.0-0 Rf8 9.f4 Nc6 10.Qd5+ Ke8 11.d3 Nge7 12.Qg5 Rf7 13.Nc3 h6 14.Qh5 Kf8 15.f5 Ne5 16.d4 N5c6 17.d5 Ne5 18.f6 Rxf619.Rxf6+ gxf6 20.Qxh6+ Kf7 21.Qh7+ Kf8  22.Bh6+ Ke8 23.Qh8+ Kf724.Qg7+ Ke8 25.Qf8#

The Jerome Gambit should inspire confidence in the second player: "I can beat this junk!" he should say. Instead, the opposite sometimes happens:

guest289 - guest5120 [C50]
ICC 2 12 u Internet Chess Club, 05.09.2004

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Ke8 6.Qh5+ Black resigns 1-0

(White in this game, Louis Morin, has played dozens of online blitz Jerome Gambits, but none of them with such "shock and awe" as a response!)

In the next game (casual, 5 minutes) Geoff Chandler uncorks the Jerome, his opponent whips out Blackburne's "refutation" (Blackburne - NN, London, 1885 -- often given as "around 1880" as in Mr. Blackburne's Games of Chess) -- and Chandler points out that "it ain't necessisarily so."

Chandler,G - Dimitrov,T
5 minute special game, 2004

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxe5 d6 8.Qxh8 Qh4 9.0-0 Nf6 10.Qd8 Bh3 11.Qxc7+ Kg8 12.Qxb7 Qg4 13.Qb3+ and White won 1-0

Here is Mexican Champion Andres Clemente Vazquez trotting out the Jerome -- giving the odds of Queen's Rook!!

Vazquez,A - Giraudy,M
11.1876
[Remove White's QR]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.Qf5+ Kd6 8.d4 Bxd4 9.c3 Bb6 10.f4 Qf6 11.fxe5+ Qxe5 12.Bf4 Qxf4 13.Qxf4+ Ke7 14.Rf1 Nh6 15.Qe5+ Kd8 16.Qxg7 Re8 17.Qg5+ Re7 18.Rf8# 1-0

Finally, for those of you who think I'm prejudiced in favor of the Jerome Gambit -- of course I am! I like many things that are not good for me. But here's the opening's creator running into an early refutation -- somehow, Alonzo Wheeler Jerome never remembered to mention Black's line in any of his future writings; but perhaps it explain's his preference, later on, for 6.d4 instead of 6.Qh5+

Jerome,A - Norton,D
correspondence, 06.1876

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxe5 Qe7 8.Qxh8 Qxe4+ 9.Kf1 Nf6 10.d3 Qf5 11.f3 Bf8 12.Nc3 d5 13.h4 Qd7 14.h5 Bg7 15.hxg6+ Kxg6 16.Rh6+ Bxh6 17.Bxh6 b6 18.Ne2 f7 9.Qf8 Qxf8 20.Bxf8 and the result was a draw ½-½  Roll Eyes


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Re: Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.B
Reply #1 - 02/15/05 at 01:08:15
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At the moment KAISSIBER issue 20 seems to be planned for may/june05. But who knows?! In any case I´m very curious about it and your article.

I play the Jerome Gambit sometimes in fun blitz against weaker opponents just to show them the richness of the Open Games. Probably it´s "almost playable" and more "=+" than "-+". IF BLACK KNOWS WHAT TO DO !

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Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+
01/19/05 at 10:23:51
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'Fess up, everybody -- anybody ever get away with the Jerome Gambit ( also known as Jerome's Double Opening, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Shocked Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Shocked)??

Anybody ever pound it to a pulp?? Grin

I'm collecting games and researching this creation of civil war veteran and hemp farmer  Roll Eyes Alonzo Wheeler Jerome, and I'm always looking for games -- casual, over-the-board, internet, blitz, inebriated, whatever.

Please share. Don't worry if you can immediately refute the opening -- everyone knows, there are so many refutations...   

Thanks!

Rick

p.s. One of these days, when the next issue of Stefan Bucker's "Kaissiber" comes out (hopefully the January one, not the next one in June) the results of my first historical investigation into this admittedly over-the-top opening will see print. I take off my hat to the ultra-creative iconoclast, Stefan - he immediatly tried to "rehabilitate" the opening when I sent him my article!
  
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