Saturday, May 14, 2016

Blackmar-Diemer vs GM Naroditsky

In 2011 an International Master with the handle "deaf" won a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit on the Internet Chess Club. His opponent was "Danya" noted as the young Daniel Naroditsky. Of course anyone can lose a five minute blitz game to a titled master.

The progress of Daniel Naroditsky has been amazing. In 2013 Naroditsky earned the FIDE title of International Grandmaster. It would be harder to beat Daniel now.

This solid BDG Gunderam 5.Nxf3 Bf5 6.Ne5 e6 7.g4 Bg6 8.Bg2 c6 9.h4 position has been played many times. Most often the line seems to be reached via the Teichmann after 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5 e6 9.Bg2 c6 10.h4.

As often happens in this line, Black went wrong after move 10. He was saddled with a weak isolated e6 pawn. At first the position looks like White's king is wide open, and possibly in trouble. But in reality Black's king became far more vulnerable.

deaf (2435) - Danya (2469), ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 18.07.2011 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bf5 6.Ne5 e6 7.g4 Bg6 8.Bg2 c6 9.h4 Bb4 10.0-0 Bxc3 [10...Nbd7 11.Qe2 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Bc5+ 13.Kh2 Nd7 14.h5 Nxe5 15.Bf4=] 11.bxc3 0-0 12.Qe2 [12.Ba3!+-] 12...h6 [12...Qa5 13.Bb2+/-] 13.Nxg6 fxg6 14.Qxe6+ Kh7 15.g5 Re8 16.Qf7 Re7 17.Qc4 [17.Qb3!+-] 17...Nd5 [17...hxg5 18.Bxg5+/-] 18.gxh6 gxh6 19.h5 gxh5 20.Qd3+ Kh8 21.c4 Nc7? [21...Nb4 22.Qd2+-] 22.Bxh6 [22.d5!+-] 22...Ne6 23.d5 Ng7 24.Bg5 Qb6+ [24...Nd7 25.Bxe7 Qxe7 26.Rae1+-] 25.Kh1 Re8 26.Rf7 Black resigns 1-0

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  1. I wonder if "deaf" is Birchbeer playing on his own merit ;). Birchbeer is still in FICS' list of 20 highest blitz ratings of all time.

  2. I don't know, but that it interesting. My guess is they are not the same based on ICC comments and the gap of time between when Birchbeer stopped and deaf started. Whoever they are, they are pretty good!

  3. No, they are not. It was reported Birchbeer used a computer to help him find the best move. Once that secret was out, he left on his own.

    1. Good point Lev. Computer use was legal in the early ICC years (as it is in ICCF). When ICC changed their rules, then Birchbeer left.


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