Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mingos vs Shamkovich BDG

John Mingos played the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit vs GM Leon Shamkovich in a simultaneous exhibition 30 years ago where this grandmaster took the Black pieces. The game was played in the small town of Bradford in western Pennsylvania, 78 miles south of Buffalo, New York. I vaguely remember a pit stop at McDonald's in Bradford with my wife on a cold snowy day in the early 1990s.

Like many strong players, Grandmaster Shamkovich chose to decline the 4.f3 gambit pawn with 4...e3. I find this noteworthy because Shamkovich was famous for his detailed knowledge of chess openings. Anyway, in this BDG Langeheinecke, Black continued with the early development of the light squared bishop 5.Bxe3 Bf5. The main alternative is 5...e6 to more quickly bring the dark squared bishop into the action.

Below White castles queenside and manages to busts open the center with 20.d5! The game illustrates that even grandmasters miss tactics, especially in simuls and blitz games. Nice win by John Mingos.

Mingos - Shamkovich, Bradford, PA simul, 1985 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 e3 5.Bxe3 Bf5 6.Bd3 Bg6 7.Nge2 e6 8.Bxg6 [8.0-0=] 8...hxg6 9.Qd3 Nc6 10.a3 Bd6 11.0-0-0 Qe7 12.Nb5 0-0-0 13.Nxd6+ Qxd6 [13...Rxd6 14.Bf2=] 14.Bf4 Qd7 15.Bg5 Ne7 16.g4 Qc6 17.Nc3? [17.h4= Purser] 17...Rh3 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.Qe4 Rxf3? [19...Qd6-/+] 20.d5! exd5 21.Qxf3 Qc4 22.Qxf6 1-0

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