Monday, April 18, 2016

Martin Wins vs BDG Euwe 6...c5

International Master Andrew Martin whips out another Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Here White is challenged with a rare variation. Most of the time in the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit we face the same few lines. This began as a Euwe after 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bg5 c5!?

I know from personal experience that this line can be difficult to deal with. One of the methods White can employ is to take on f6. If 7...Qxf6, when White castles kingside, then the rook on f1 is lined up on the Black queen.

The danger flipped around when both queens participate in mating attacks against their opponent's king. Black got into trouble when he failed to castle by move 13.

White was winning for most of this game and did win in the end. But Black had chances to survive. I assume that for the last 10 moves of this blitz game both sides were very short on time. Then Black dropped a queen and lost on time.

AndrewMartinIM (2373) - Nakajo (2126), ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 17.07.2013 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxf6 [7.d5 a6=] 7...Qxf6 8.Bb5+ Bd7 9.0-0 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Qe5 11.Qf3?! [11.Kh1=] 11...Qxd4+ 12.Kh1 Bd6 13.Qxb7 [13.Bxd7+ Nxd7 14.Nb5 Qe5 15.Nxd6+ Qxd6 16.Qxf7+ Kd8 17.Rad1 Qe7-/+] 13...Qh4? [Leaving the Black king in the center is very dangerous. Better was 13...0-0! 14.Rad1 Qe5 15.g3 Qc5-/+] 14.g3 Bxg3 15.Bxd7+ Nxd7 16.Qxa8+ Ke7 17.Qg2 Be5 18.Rae1 Rb8 19.Re4 Qh5 20.Nd1 Nf6 21.Ra4 Rd8 22.Ne3 Qh6 [22...Bd4=] 23.Ng4 [23.Rxa7+!+/-] 23...Nxg4 24.Rxg4 [24.Qb7+! Rd7=] 24...Rd2 [24...f5!-/+] 25.Qb7+ Kd8 26.Rg2?! Rd7 27.Qe4 Bxb2 28.Qb4 Bf6? 29.Rb1? [29.Qf8+! Kc7 30.Rg4!+-] 29...Qh5 [29...Ke8!=] 30.Qf8+ Kc7 31.Qb8+ Kc6 32.Qc8+ Rc7 33.Qa6+ Kd7 34.Qe2? [34.Rd2+!+- wins easily.] 34...Ke8? [Black hung the queen, but there was 34...Qxe2 35.Rxe2 Bc3=/+] 35.Qxh5+- Black forfeits on time 1-0

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