Saturday, August 23, 2014

Helin vs Skovgaard in Huebsch Gambit

Many players from Sweden play the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Recently Mikael Helin defeated his higher rated opponent Ib Skovgaard of Denmark in the 5.Bf4 variation of a BDG Huebsch Gambit. The 5.Bf4 line Helin chose tries to prevent 5...e5 and prepare White to castle queenside. It has been seen more since Christoph Scheerer wrote his book on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Slightly more popular than 5.Bf4 are 5.Be3 and the traditional 5.Bc4, while less common is 5.f3. All four moves score about the same.

In the game below, Black counter attacks d4 with 6...c5, giving White three choices: (a) prepare to castle with 7.Qd2; (b) snatch the pawn with 7.dxc5; or (c) walk on by with 7.d5, which was White's actual selection. The battle took place all over the board, until the Black king was checkmated on the b-file.

Helin (1885) - Skovgaard (2019), Politiken Cup 2014 Helsingor DEN (8.102), 27.07.2014 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bf4 Nd7 6.f3 c5 7.d5!? [Logical, although not the only alternative: 7.Qd2 Qb6 8.0-0-0 cxd4 9.Qxd4 Qxd4 10.Rxd4 exf3 11.Nxf3=; 7.dxc5 e5 8.Be3 Bxc5 9.Bxc5 Nxc5 10.Qxd8+ Kxd8 11.0-0-0+ Ke7 12.Rd5 b6 13.Rxe5+ Kf6 14.Rd5=] 7...Nf6 [Black could play 7...Qb6!=/+ when White does not have time to castle.] 8.fxe4 Nxe4 9.Qd3 Nd6 10.0-0-0 a6 11.Qf3 g6 12.g4 Bg7 13.h4 Qb6 14.c3 h5 15.gxh5 Rxh5 16.Bg5 Bf5 17.Re1 [If 17.Bd3 Bxd3 18.Qxd3 Qb5-/+] 17...0-0-0 [17...Qa5!-+] 18.Rxe7 c4 19.Bh3 Rxh4 [19...Bh6 20.Bxh6 Rxh6=] 20.Bxf5+ Nxf5 21.Bxh4 Nxh4 22.Qxf7 [White wins with 22.Rxh4! Qxg1+ 23.Kc2 Qc5 24.d6+-] 22...Nf5 23.Re8 Bh6+ 24.Kb1 Bg5 25.Nf3 Rxe8 26.Qxe8+ Bd8 27.Rh7 Nd6 28.Qd7+ Kb8 29.Rh8 Ka7 30.Nd4 [30.Qxd8!+-] 30...Bc7 31.Rh7 Nb5 32.d6 Nxc3+ 33.Kc2 Qxd4 34.dxc7 Nd5 35.c8N+ Kb8 36.Qxb7# 1-0

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