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NN vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
"Old Kentucky" (game of the day Oct-22-2005)
Casual game (1884), London ENG
Italian Game: Jerome Gambit (C50)  ·  0-1



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  MissScarlett: I've made the switch from 1880 to 1884. It would be nice to have the facility of appending <c.> for <circa> for games of uncertain dates.
Feb-15-19  thisisasign: <Jean Defuse> I was looking for more information on the Jerome (Kentucky?) Gambit, so that link is much appreciated.
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  Messiah: Nice game, I play like this in the pub. With both colours.
Jan-20-20  perrypawnpusher: zanzibar writes "Fine uses a position from this game (p088.d135), after Black's 12th move, but omits the White queen on a8." Which book by Fine, please? I checked in his BCE, with no luck. Thanks.
Mar-17-20  gambitfan: Wrong ECO number

C51 4 b4 Evans Gambit

It should be C50

May-30-20  TheaN: This game is the only example of 6....g6 as defense to the Jerome/Kentucky Gambit which is today's OotD.

Interestingly, the fast SF9 analysis has trouble with certain incredibly tactical lines (which typically computers never do). The biggest example is this one on a certain points: 10.Qd8 Bh3 11.Qxc7+ Kf8 12.Qxb7 Qg4 13.e5? d5 -+.

It already goes wrong on 10....Bh3 which evaluates +4 after 11.Qxb7 Nd7? (why?) and corrects itself to +0.8 after 11....Kf8. Next slip up is +5 after 12.Qxb7 Qg4 13.e5?? Ne4?? (again, why?!). After 13....d5, all of a sudden does it go to -10 which is probably why this line is rather famous. I don't get how Stockfish can misjudge an attack this greatly.

Whereas I'm confident 7....d6 <is> a mistake (at least ±) White's in a minefield, especially if even one of the strongest computers of the day can't make everything from it on 18ply.

Aug-27-21  rwbean: 10. ♕d8 ♗h3 11. ♕xc7+ ♔f8 then...

12. gxh3 ♕xh3 13. d4 or

12. ♕xb7 ♗xg2 13. ♕xa8+ ♘e8 14. ♔xg2 ♕g4+ 15. ♔h1 or

12 ♕xb7 ♗xg2 13. ♔xg2 ♕g4+ 14. ♔h1 or

12. ♕xb7 ♕g4 13. ♕xa8+ ♔f7 14. ♕b7+

all draws ...


so 9. d4! was the winning move, 9. O-O only draws. ... and 7... ♕e7 safely wins

Sep-16-21  Nina Myers: That's the way the cookie crumbles!
Oct-01-21  VerySeriousExpert: The trivial move 9.d4! was winning. Rick Kennedy wrote about it long ago, he was right.
Oct-01-21  VerySeriousExpert: Wikipedia's article on the Jerome gambit should be updated strongly in a lot of places! And I can't understand why has Wikipedia chosen THIS GAME as the "illustrative" one for its article. Thus, both opponents have made blunders during this game. Moreover, J. H. Blackburne isn't the strongest player who has ever played the Jerome gambit or against it. Thus, for example, GM Hikaru Nakamura has played several games with the Jerome gambit and against it without his blunders after 4.Bxf7+. The following won game against GM Dmitrij Kollars is well-known due to GM Nakamura's several videos, first of all.
Oct-02-21  VerySeriousExpert: In this game GM Nakamura - GM Kollars (2020, August 28) after 6.Qh5+ Ke6 White played 7.Qf5+. Now we know that 7.Qh3+! is much stronger: , etc.
Oct-30-21  VerySeriousExpert: The recent very beautiful game Bukayev - Golshev, 2021 ( , ), shows the force of 7.Qh3+!. Black's play was not bad, but White's long attack caused Black's tiredness and missing opponent's winning combination.
Jul-15-22  VerySeriousExpert: Attention! Probably, the 1st tournament GM - GM Jerome gambit game in chess history was played this year: . Why is this notable fact absent in Wikipedia?
Aug-13-22  YoungEd: NN probably boasted after the game to friends: "Well, Blackburne clobbered me, of course, but at least I prevented him from castling!" Even a weak moral victory like this would suffice for a patzer like me.
Aug-13-22  KH4RM4: This beautiful mate is named after Blackburne:
Aug-22-22  VerySeriousExpert: I would like to add that the force of 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.Qh3+! is shown bright by the following analyses:
Sep-05-22  VerySeriousExpert: The way 6.d4 is often considered as an important alternative to 6.Qh5+, but the recent game Bukayev - Karpov, 2022, with Yury V. Bukayev's comments to it ( ) show that White's success is less probable.
Sep-25-22  VerySeriousExpert: Jerome Gambit isn't 4.Bxf7+ ("standard system of JG") only. It is also a large family of deferred systems, analogously to other openings. Thus, for example, Queen's Gambit isn't 2.c4 only: 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 is also the same Queen's Gambit. We can ask, what is a theoretical strength of Jerome Gambit? We should consider the strongest of these systems to answer this question correctly: . It's Yury Bukayev's research on it. He shows that Jerome Gambit is theoretically enough strong gambit!
Oct-18-22  VerySeriousExpert: Was Hikaru Nakamura right in his words about the standard system of the Jerome gambit? Yury V. Bukayev has made a sensational analysis of it: .

Mr. perfidious, you try to refute that 2.c4 and 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 are different systems of the SAME Queen's gambit (its standard system and one of its deferred systems). Why do you try? In any case, your words about "many roads" are probably hasty, you aren't right.

Jan-01-23  VerySeriousExpert: Here Yury V. Bukayev has shown an analytical triumph of the way 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.Qh3+! Ke7! 8.Qc3! : .
Jan-18-23  VerySeriousExpert: My words of Sep-25-22
("Jerome Gambit isn't 4.Bxf7+ ("standard system of JG") only. It is also a large family of deferred systems, analogously to other openings. Thus, for example, Queen's Gambit isn't 2.c4 only: 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 is also the same Queen's Gambit. We can ask, what is a theoretical strength of Jerome Gambit? We should consider the strongest of these systems to answer this question correctly: . It's Yury Bukayev's research on it. He shows that Jerome Gambit is theoretically enough strong gambit!") should be said also about the recent Yury Bukayev's sensational research: ! Thus, it is really strong and actual for serious chess practice!
Mar-28-23  VerySeriousExpert: Here is a shocking sensation! It's a new analytical research 'The Winning Part of the Same Jerome Gambit – 4.c3 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.b4 Nxf2 7.Bxf7+! (Part 1)' by Yury V. Bukayev ( )!
Apr-03-23  VerySeriousExpert: About 9.d4 in this game (NN - Blackburne) from one of Rick Kennedy's publications ( ): "It is not clear exactly when the idea 9.d4 Qxe4+ 10.Be3, which may reverse the assessment of the Blackburne game and give White chances, was discovered - Fletcher’s Gambit’s Accepted (1954) is an early source – but 9.d4 by itself was a suggestion of Munoz and Munoz, in 1885 (BCC 8/1885). . Hindemburg Melao, in a recent internet article (not currently available), where he identified the player of the white pieces against Blackburne as “Millner,” gave 9.d4 Nf6 10.Nd2 Bxd4 11.O-O as good for White. (It should be noted that Bruce Pandolfini, in his 1989 Chess Openings: Traps & Zaps gives the line 9.d4 Nf6 10.dc, and after the further moves 10...Qxe4+ 11.Be3 Qxg2 12.Rf1 reflects: “Don't be misled by White's extra Rook. It's a meaningless ornament. White is in serious trouble. His King is exposed and his cornered Queen is in danger of being trapped. The cruncher is …12...Bh3 which wins White's Queen by discovery from the a8-Rook. If White tries to save the Queen by capturing the Rook, 13.Qxa8 then 13...Qxf1+ 14.Kd2 Ne4#” Of course 10…Qxe4+ deserves a “?”)".
Apr-04-23  VerySeriousExpert: Here is a continuation of Yury Bukayev's new sensational analytical research:

'The Winning Part of the Same Jerome Gambit – 4.c3 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.b4 Nxf2 7.Bxf7+! (Part 2)'.

It contains also a new detailed view on a true pseudogambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 is considered in details)!

The link is the following: .

May-18-23  VerySeriousExpert: Here is a new and a very important game which is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful Jerome gambit games (with 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxe5 Qe7) in the whole history: .
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