Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Zilbermints BDG Win Over Toth

Lev Zilbermints wins over Toth in the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Black declined the gambit with the Vienna Variation 4...Bf5. White responded with his favorite Gunderam Attack 5.g4 Bg6 6.h4. Black is the International Master Christian Toth of Brasil.

About this game Zilbermints messaged me: “Crushed IM Christian Toth of Brazil in 17 moves with the BDG: Vienna: Gunderam Attack. Textbook example how to play it well.

I heartily agree with Zilbermints. He has shown on numerous occasions that he excels in winning these types of positions. His games are a joy to behold. Whatever risks there might be in this line, Lev seems more than willing to accept them. His results over 20 years of victories speak for themselves.

It seems that Black would be slightly better after 6...h6!=/+ but more than 70% of the time good players choose something weaker. This makes 6.h4 very playable on a practical level. I provided some deeper analysis on this short game. Zilbermints demonstrates a good example of a White in the 6.h4 h5 line.

Zilbermints (2116) - Toth (2175), ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 12.06.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nc3 Bf5 5.g4 Bg6 6.h4 h5 [6...h6!=/+] 7.g5 Nd5 8.Nxe4 e6 9.a3 Nd7 10.Ne2 c5 11.c4 N5b6 12.d5 [12.b4!? Bxe4 13.fxe4 cxb4 14.c5 Bxc5! 15.dxc5 Nxc5 16.Qxd8+ Rxd8 17.Ng3+/=] 12...exd5 [12...Bxe4 13.fxe4 exd5 14.cxd5 Bd6 15.Bh3 Qe7 16.Nc3 Bg3+ 17.Kf1 Be5=] 13.cxd5 Ne5 [13...Bxe4 14.fxe4 transposes to the note at 12...Bxe4 above] 14.N2c3 a6? [Black has two good choices: 14...Bxe4 15.fxe4 Bd6 16.Be2 a6 17.Bxh5=; and 14...Bd6 15.Bb5+ Kf8 16.Be2 Kg8 17.0-0=] 15.Bf4 [Better for White is 15.d6! Qd7 (15...Bf5 16.Bf4 f6 17.Bxe5 fxe5 18.Qb3+-) 16.Bf4 Qf5 17.Bxe5 Qxe5 18.Qb3+-] 15...Nec4? [15...Bd6! 16.Nxd6+ Qxd6 17.Qe2 Nbc4 18.Qxc4 Nxc4 19.Bxd6 Nxd6=; 15...Bxe4?! 16.Bxe5 Qe7 17.Nxe4 Qxe5 18.Qb3 Qc7 19.Bh3+/=] 16.Bxc4 Nxc4 17.Qe2 Black resigns 1-0

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  1. I found it hard to grasp the positional condensation white has after 12. b4!? so used Stockfish to help me. One example line is 12...cxb4 13. c5 Nd5?! 14. axb4 Nxb4?! 15. Nf4! Bxe4 16. fxe4 and white has full compo (coz the computer says so) e.g. 16...Qc7 17. Bg2 Be7 18. 0-0 g6 19. Ba3 Nc6 20. d5 and finally the advantage looks clear with white stomping through in the centre.

    1. Yes, I thought 12.b4!? was interesting. Some feared that computers would refute gambits. Just as frequently they find winning lines for gambits!

  2. I did not want to bother with 12 b4!? because the text move, 12 d5, looked so much more interesting!

  3. You do well to even consider 12. b4!?... Yes, analysis with computers often find fascinating ideas that otherwise might be missed

  4. When you play in OTB chess, you cannot use a computer to help you analyze!!

  5. True Lev. And you handle blitz games well while in progress. But computers can provide good ideas for future games.


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