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Alonzo Wheeler Jerome
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1874

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(born Mar-08-1834, died Mar-22-1902, 68 years old) United States of America

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Alonzo Wheeler Jerome of Paxton, Illinois, is credited with inventing the Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+). He played this variation over-the-board and correspondence play and discussed it in the pages of the Dubuque Chess Journal (1874-1875) and the American Chess Journal. Jerome was a U.S. Civil War veteran and a hemp farmer. He is the author of "The Great Debate", a book about the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Steven Douglas.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Jerome vs W Shinkman 0-1211874CorrespondenceC51 Evans Gambit

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  brankat: A chess player, an inventor(?) of a dubious gambit, the Civil War veteran, a hemp farmer, an author!

Quite a character was Mr.Jerome! Hemp must have helped while playing "Jerome Gambit" :-)

R.I.P. Mr.Jerome.

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  wordfunph: <brankat> good find!

interesting to note that only 5 games of Jerome Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+) in CG dbase, 2 wins for white and 3 for black.

rest in peace, Sir Jerome.

Mar-08-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Gary Lane's column for March 2012 features some games and theory(!) of the Jerome Gambit.
Jun-11-12  kramputz: Hemp is used to make ropes and sacks etc.
a plant of the nettle family. Not the kind of hemp you think about <brankat>
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  GrahamClayton: Rick Kennedy has a blog about the Jerome Gambit:

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