Saturday, May 7, 2016

Greene Wins Blackmar-Diemer

Gregory Kearse wrote an article at Chess Drum about Black Chess Masters in America. Beyond well-known stars like Maurice Ashley and Emory Tate, you read about Ken Clayton and his work promoting chess near Howard University in the Washington, D.C. area. Kearse notes, "Senior systems analyst and chess master, Charles Greene, was one of the several fruits of Clayton's labor of love."

USCF Master Charles Greene as "blankman" won a Blackmar-Diemer vs Spicechess in 1999 in the Gunderam 5.Nxf3 Bf5 variation. This game reached the solid 7.g4 Bg6 where Greene played the old 8.Bg2 line. This is at least as good as the more popular 8.Qf3.

Charles and I met together at a few tournaments. Charles Greene gave me the old "Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Magazine" material from the 1960s. We never played against each other, though sometimes we chatted on the Internet Chess Club.

Greene was a prolific player for someone almost my age, playing blitz for hours on end, sometimes more than 50 games on a weekend. The USCF simply notes that he passed away. His last ICC games were played June 5, 2010. Here is one from a decade earlier.

Blankman - Spicechess, Internet Chess Club, 01.02.1999 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 h5 [9...Bb4=] 10.Nxg6 fxg6 11.g5 Nd5 12.Qd3 [12.Qe2+-] 12...Qe7 [Black can put up some defense with 12...Ne7! 13.Qc4+/-] 13.0-0 Nd7 14.Qxg6+ Kd8 15.Rf7 Qd6 16.Ne4 [Also good is 16.Nxd5 cxd5 17.Bf4+-] 16...Qb4 [16...Ne7 17.Nxd6 Nxg6 18.Nxb7+ Ke8 19.Rf2+-] 17.c3 Qb6 18.Qxe6 Qc7 19.Bh3 Nf4 20.Bxf4 1-0

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