E.J. Diemer attacked constantly from both sides of the board. Here a couple players who had survived World War II sat down to play. White might have been hoping for a quiet Queens Knight Attack. The game Hanke vs Emil Josef Diemer began 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.d3. The position was closed, but Diemer must open thing up. One can imagine a strategy of slow build up. Maybe they would engage in trench warfare more in line with World War I than II. But that did not happen. Black was a rapid tactical player.
Emil Josef Diemer attacked boldly at every opportunity. Let us consider his first eight moves in this game: 1…d5, 2…d4, 3…e5, 4…g5, 5…h5, 6…g4, 7…Qf6, and 8…Nh6. E.J. Diemer was a master of attack. Diemer is famous as White for his part in the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3. This involves a whole system of attacks after 1.d4. As Black, Diemer played many counter gambits. These included 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 or 2…f5 and 1.d4 e5. Often EJD won brilliantly but not today. In this game Diemer got overextended and outplayed.
Hanke - Diemer, Wangen 1950 begins 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.d3 [4.Ng3] 4...g5 [4...Bd6=] 5.Ng3 [5.Nf3 f6 6.h3 Be6 7.c3 c5 8.cxd4 cxd4 9.Ng3=] 5...h5 [5...Nc6 6.Be2 h6=] 6.Nxh5 [6.a3=] 6...g4 [Black should try 6...Bb4+! 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Kxd2 Nf6 9.Ng3 Ng4=] 7.Ng3 Qf6 8.h3 Nh6 [8...gxh3 9.Nxh3+/=] 9.Be2 gxh3 10.Nxh3 Rg8 11.Bf3 Nc6 12.Bd2 Ng4 13.Bxg4 [13.a3 Bh6 14.Bxh6 Nxh6 15.Qd2+/=] 13...Bxg4 14.Qc1 Kd7 [14...Rh8 15.a3 Qg6 16.b4 0-0-0=] 15.Ng1 [15.f3+/=] 15...a5 16.N1e2 Rh8 17.Rxh8 Qxh8 18.f3 Bxf3 [18...Be6!=] 19.gxf3 Qh2 20.c3 [20.Bg5+-] 20...Be7 21.Kd1 Qg2 [21...Rg8 22.Be1+-] 22.Kc2 Rg8 23.Qh1 Rxg3 24.Nxg3 Qxg3 25.Rg1 Qf2 26.Qg2 [26.f4 dxc3 27.bxc3+-] 26...Qxg2 27.Rxg2 1-0
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