Yesterday my wife gave me a clipping from a local paper with the following joke:
A man went to visit a friend and was amazed to find him playing chess with his dog. He watched the game in astonishment for a while. "I can hardly believe my eyes!" he exclaimed. "That's the smartest dog I've ever seen." "Nah, he's not so smart," the friend replied. "I've beaten him three games out of five."
Tom Purser provided us with a creative idea in the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit which he called the "Mad Dog Attack". It follows 5.Nxf3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 with 7.h4!?, worked on with his dog present. In his BDG World magazine Tom Purser describes it this way:
"When I first showed this move to our English Bulldog Polly, she let out a yelp and ran under the bed. At first I was offended, but then it occurred to me that she has the same reaction to a strong bolt of lightening. She came out when I started to play through some of the games. Intellectual curiosity, I think, although my wife says it was the Alpo."
Tom Purser had quick success after 7.h4!? in the BDG Bogoljubow. I quote his game below vs T. Giles (including Purser's own notes). You can teach an old dog new tricks. Tom's approach to the game was a great encouragement when I needed it in the 1980s. Discovering ideas in the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is still fun today. Enjoy!
Purser - Giles, Stuttgart, Germany 1980 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.h4 [I began some postal games with this line in 1979, but the first completed game was this one played over the board.] 7...0-0 8.h5 Nxh5 9.Rxh5 gxh5 10.Qd3 [The basic, if somewhat crude, idea of all this is a direct mating attack with 11.Ng5.] 10...e5? 11.Ng5 e4 12.Qxe4 Bf5? [White need not fear a pin on his Queen since on 12...Re8 or 12...Qe8 he has 13.Bxf7+] 13.Qxf5 Qe7+ 14.Ne2 Rd8 15.Bxf7+ Kf8 16.Nxh7# [It's better not to test a new idea against the strongest opposition the first time out.] 1-0 [Notes by Purser]
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Did he finally go mad ?
2 days ago