Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ferguson Attacks BDG 4...Nc6

I have not written much on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Lamb 4…Nc6 in recent years. Those of us that have played the BDG many times know that Black often chose this. When White plays the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit move 4.f3 may take Black by surprise. He notices that if he takes on f3, White simply recaptures. The move 4…Nc6 is rarely the result of pregame preparation. It is more the inspiration of the moment. Black looks around for something. He sees that White’s d4 pawn is only protected and attacked by the opposing queens. So, Black threatens to win the pawn by the move 4…Nc6.

From time to time I played Brad Ferguson at the chess club that met at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. I admire a player who keeps trying to learn the game by playing stronger opponents. I was the only player in that club rated over 2000. Even though I won all our 29 games, Brad kept learning.

In this game we both developed all our minor pieces by move nine. Ferguson attacked me with two of those by Nc6 and Bg4. The only thing he did not due was to castle. This left his king vulnerable. Black lost big material due to my checks on moves 16 and 18. Suddenly down a queen and a rook, Black resigned.

Sawyer - Ferguson, Williamsport, PA 1997 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 Nc6 5.d5 Ne5 6.fxe4 Bg4 7.Nf3 e6 [7...Nxf3+ 8.gxf3+/= 1-0 (33) Sawyer,T-McElhenney,P/Williamsport, PA 1997] 8.Bb5+ Ned7 [8...c6 9.dxc6 Qxd1+ 10.Nxd1 bxc6 11.Be2=] 9.Bg5 Bb4 [9...Be7 10.Qd4 Bxf3 11.gxf3 e5 12.Qg1+/=] 10.e5 h6 11.exf6 hxg5 12.fxg7 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Rg8 14.0-0 [14.h3!+-] 14...Rxg7? [14...c6 15.dxc6 bxc6 16.Bxc6 Qb6+ 17.Qd4 Qxc6 18.Qxg4+/-] 15.Qd4 Qf6 16.Bxd7+ Kxd7 17.Qxf6 Rg6 18.Qxf7+ Kd6 19.Qxg6 1-0

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