Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Drill

Frank Drill of Germany enjoyed a long career of winning chess. His rating has been over 2200 at times in the past. Drill could be a difficult player to prepare for due to the breadth of chosen openings. Drill specialized in lesser known openings.

Frank Drill played 1.d4 and 1.e4 pretty much interchangeably but almost never the main lines for any popular opening. Against the Sicilian he preferred lines with an early f4, Nc3 or b4. In the King Pawn 1.e4 e5 openings he played the Center Game or Vienna. As White after 1.d4 d5 Drill often played 2.Bf4, 2.Bg5, 2.Nc3 or even 2.e4. As Black he has played the Latvian Gambit or 1…Nc6 or 1…b6, as well the Accelerated Dragon Sicilian Defence.

During the early part of his career Drill seems to have avoided the BDG. That changed. During the past 20 years he has played a number of successful games in the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Here Frank Drill wins a game in the 5.Nxf3 e6 Euwe Variation. He chose the 7.Qd2 line against Gintautas Petraitis of Lithuania.

This Euwe 7.Qd2 is in section 2.5 in my Blackmar-Diemer Games 1.

Drill (2049) - Petraitis (1920), Panevezys Open 2016 Panevezys LTU (6.8), 09.06.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Qd2 [More popular is 7.Bd3] 7...0-0 8.0-0-0 Nc6 [The alternative is 8...Nbd7 when White can choose between 9.Bd3 or 9.Kb1] 9.a3 a6 [9...Nd5 is more challenging.] 10.Bd3 g6 11.Qf2 [Another idea is 11.Rhf1!?=] 11...Ng4 12.Qh4 Nf2?!  [12...Bxg5+! 13.Nxg5 h5=] 13.Ne4 [White has an amazing move that many players would miss in a live tournament with the clock running. That move is 13.Bxg6! fxg6 (13...hxg6 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Qxf2 b5 16.Ne4+/-) 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Qxf2 b5 16.h4+/-] 13...Nxd3+ 14.Rxd3 f6 15.Be3 Rf7 16.Qg3 b6  [More aggressive is 16...b5=/+] 17.Rf1 [17.Bf4!=] 17...Bb7 18.Nc3 Bd6 19.Qh3 Bc8? [19...Qe7=/+] 20.g4 [20.Ne5! Bxe5 21.dxe5 Qe7 22.exf6 Rxf6 23.Rxf6 Qxf6 24.Ne4+/-] 20...Qe7 21.Rd2 [21.Ne4 e5 22.d5=] 21...Na5 [21...e5 22.dxe5 Nxe5 23.Nxe5 Bxe5=/+] 22.Rdf2 Nc4 23.Ng5 Bxa3 [23...Rf8! 24.Nge4 Nxe3 25.Qxe3 f5 26.Nxd6 Qxd6 27.Ne4 Qe7 28.Ng5 Qf6=] 24.Nxf7 Bxb2+ 25.Kd1 Bxc3? [25...f5 26.Nh6+ Kg7 27.Bf4+-] 26.Rxf6 Bb7 27.Rxg6+ 1-0

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  1. After 11. Rhf1!?, black can play 11...Nxd4, so I don't understand how white can be equal there...

    1. Yes I also had my doubts about 11.Rhf1!? but computer analysis indicated a possible slight White advantage even though down two pawns. 11...Nd5 might be okay. After 11...Nxd4 12.Nxd4 Qxd4 13.Qe1, White threatens to pick off the g6 pawn which regains one pawn with a dangerous attack after 13...Nd5 14.Bxe7 Nxe7 15.Bxg6. White's full development and tactical threats are hard to meet when analyzed beyond move 30, but I went with = because it seems Black should be okay in some line, say with 11...Nd5 or 11...b5. Thanks for the interesting comment.


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