Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Alapin French 3.Be3 by Diemer

Emil Josef Diemer (1908-1990) was a master who became famous for his bold gambit play. Diemer had an incredible career living in Germany throughout both World Wars. Diemer is most well-known for Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (BDG): 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3. In 1956, E.J. Diemer wrote his BDG book covering early deviations and 4... exf3 5.Qxf3 entitled (in German) "From the First Move until Mate!" Diemer intended to write a second volume covering the more popular 5.Nxf3 line; alas, he never did.

My Alapin French book cites 35 Diemer games. The French Defence moves 1.d4 d5 2.e4 e6 3.Be3 are the "Alapin-Diemer Gambit". As Black, Diemer played both the Elephant Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5) and the Soller Gambit (1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 f6!?).

In 1992, I wrote a book covering everything that Diemer played after 1.d4 entitled the "Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook." For ten years I enjoyed playing Diemer's repertoire from both sides. E.J. Diemer's games taught me how to play a mating attack. This Alapin Diemer vs Stefan Martin was played late in Diemer’s life.

Diemer - Martin, Viernheim 1984 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 e6 3.Be3 Nf6 4.f3 Be7 5.Bd3 [A possibility is 5.Nd2 0-0 6.e5 Nfd7 7.Bd3 f6 8.f4 f5 9.g4 Bh4+ 10.Kf1 fxg4? 11.Qxg4+/- and 1-0 in 22. Sawyer - Huth, Skittles game, Hatboro PA 1989] 5...b6 [Black could try 5...dxe4 6.fxe4 e5 7.dxe5 Ng4 8.Qe2 Nxe3 9.Qxe3=] 6.c3 c5 [Again, 6...Ba6? 7.Bxa6 Nxa6 8.Qa4+ winning the N/a6] 7.e5 Nfd7 8.Nd2 Ba6 [Beware of transpositions with 8...cxd4 9.cxd4 Ba6=] 9.Bc2 Nc6 10.a3 Rc8 11.f4 0-0 12.Ngf3 f6 13.h4!? [Diemer weakens his kingside to attack. A safer choice was 13.Qb1= but that was not the Diemer way.] 13...f5 [13...h6 14.Qb1 f5=/+] 14.Ng5! Bxg5 15.hxg5 g6 16.Rc1 cxd4 17.cxd4 Na5 18.g4 Qe7 19.gxf5 exf5 20.Qf3 Qe6 21.Kf2 Rfd8 22.b3 [22.Bb1! Nf8 23.Ba2+/=] 22...Nf8 23.a4 Nc6 24.Qd1 Nb4 25.Nf3 Rc6 [25...Na2=/+] 26.Bb1 Rdc8 27.Qd2 Qe7 28.Rxc6 Rxc6 29.Rc1 Rxc1 30.Qxc1 Bd3 31.Ne1 Bxb1 32.Qxb1 Qc7 33.Bd2 Nc6 34.Qc1 Ne6 35.Nf3 Qd7 36.Ke3 Kf7 37.Qh1 Ke8 38.b4 Kd8? [38...a6=] 39.b5! Nb8 40.Bb4 Kc8 41.Bd6 Kb7 42.Nd2 a6 43.Qxd5+ Kc8 44.Nc4 Qf7 45.Nxb6+ Kd8 46.Bxb8+ Ke8 47.bxa6 1-0

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