Monday, November 23, 2015

Kevin Sheldrick Wins BDG!

I hope you enjoy this from our Blackmar-Diemer Gambit friend Kevin Sheldrick who writes about hard to see backward moves.

"Hi Tim and all BDG adherents across the world, wherever you are. I often find some of the hardest moves to find in chess are ones where you move a piece backwards. As you study chess more, you hopefully find more examples of excellent backward moves which may stick in your brain and this may help you think more flexibly about all the directions your pieces can move."

"I played this game a couple of days ago on FICS. On the critical move, I could only think of advancing but retreating would have been a superior way for me to go forwards :).

"Btw, this game was played on my birthday, 18 November, and I did what you suggested one should do on their birthday - play the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit!"

Sheldrick (2045) - NN (1899), FICS 3 0, 18.11.2015 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Qe1 c6 9.Qh4 Nbd7 10.Bh6 Nb6 11.Bb3 e6 12.Ng5 [Best was the retreat 12.Bg5! +=/+- Stockfish, and white can increase pressure on the pinned knight by means of moves like Ne4 and Ne5. But I wanted to move a piece forwards :)] 12...Nh5 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Rad1 h6 15.Nce4 hxg5 16.Nxg5 f6 17.Ne4 Rh8 18.Qf2 Nd5 19.g4 Nhf4 20.Qf3 Rh3 21.Ng3 g5 22.c4 Ne7 23.Nh5+ Nxh5 24.Qxh3 Nf4 25.Qe3 Qh8 26.Bc2 Qh4 27.Rf3 Qxg4+ 28.Rg3 Qh4 29.Qe4 Nf5 30.Rxg5+ Qxg5+ 31.Kh1 Bd7 32.Rg1 Rh8 33.Qxf5 exf5 34.Rxg5+ fxg5 35.Bxf5 Rh4 36.Bg4 Ne2 37.Bf3 Rf4 38.Bg2 [Black forfeits on time] 1-0

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