Is the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit easy to refute? How about if you have an average of three days to ponder every move? Could you find a win for Black? Back in 1989 there were few books that covered the BDG and computer chess engines were very weak. I regularly played this gambit as White with great success in 10 sections of the 1989 USCF Golden Knights Postal Chess Tournament on my way to becoming a USCF postal master.
David Hutchings was probably pretty much on his own for this game. My first nine move were well known in this BDG Bogoljubow. 8.Qe1 Bf5 9.Qh4. David's 9...Ng4 likely a surprised for me. I think 10.h3 may be an improvement over what I played. As it was, I decided to strengthen d4 and work toward a kingside attack. Black's pieces get tangled up and he drops a piece or two. Eventually there is no good defence against White's mate threats.
Sawyer (2192) - Hutchings (1790), corr USCF 89N278, 16.07.1990 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Qe1 Bf5 9.Qh4 Ng4 10.Ne2 [10.h3] 10...e5? [10...Nc6 11.c3 Na5 12.h3 Nxc4 13.hxg4 Bd3 14.Bh6=] 11.Bg5 Qd7 12.h3 Ne3? [In trouble, Black hangs a knight. If 12...e4 13.hxg4 exf3 14.gxf5 fxe2 15.Rf4+-] 13.Bxe3 b5 14.Bb3 Nc6 15.Bh6 Nxd4 16.Nexd4 exd4 17.Ng5 Qe7 18.Rae1 Qf6 19.g4 [Maybe quicker is 19.Bxg7 Qxg7 20.Re7+- with tactics on f7.] 19...d3 20.gxf5 gxf5 21.Bxg7 Qxg7 22.cxd3 Qg6 23.Kh1 Kh8 [Or 23...Qc6+ 24.Kh2 Qd6+ 25.Rf4+- and checkmate is not far off.] 24.Rg1 f6 25.Re7 fxg5 26.Rxg5 Qc6+ 27.Rg2 h6 28.Re6 1-0
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