Monday, August 29, 2016

IM Mellado Trivino Plays BDG

Juan Mellado Triviño earned an International Master title in 1993 the year he turned age 25. In 2016 IM Mellado Trivino caught my attention when he played the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit for the third time in a year. IMs with 2400 ratings rarely play a BDG.

I found hundreds of his games in my database. Mellado Trivino plays a wide variety of 1.e4 and 1.d4 openings. Those include the Trompowsky and Veresov as White and the Scandinavian as Black, especially the 3…Qd6 variation. But of course any 1.e4 d5 player as Black must be prepared for the BDG possibility of 2.d4.

In 2016 Mellado Trivino was rated the fourth highest in Andorra. You may ask, “Where is that?” Andorra is located between Spain and France. It is famous for ski slopes in the beautiful Pyrenees. I read that in 2013 the Principality of Andorra had an average life expectancy of 81 years, the highest in the world.

None of his three master opponents accepted the BDG in these games. Here he faced Grandmaster Chandra Sandipan of India. I noticed that the opening could be evaluated as equal for more than 20 moves. And the younger higher rated grandmaster won.

GM Sandipan played the 4...c5 Brombacher variation. White has four reasonable responses. Juan Mellado Trivino chose 5.Bb5+ (rather than 5.Bf4, 5.d5 or 5.dxc5). They both castled queenside. The battle stretched from one end of the board to the other.

The line 4.f3 c5 is section 3.2 in my Blackmar-Diemer Games 2 book.

Mellado Trivino (2427) - Sandipan (2572), 17th Miquel Mas Open 2016 Castell de Sant Ferran ESP (8.3), 17.08.2016 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 c5 5.Bb5+ [5.d5 or 5.dxc5] 5...Bd7 6.dxc5 [6.d5 Bxb5 7.Nxb5 Qa5+ 8.Nc3] 6...Qa5 [6...e6 7.Be3] 7.Qe2 Bxb5 [7...e6] 8.Qxb5+ Qxb5 9.Nxb5 Na6 10.Be3!? [10.a3=] 10...Nd5 11.Bd4 e5 12.Bxe5 Bxc5 13.0-0-0 Ne3 14.Re1!? [14.Rd2=] 14...0-0-0 15.Nh3 [15.fxe4 Nxg2 16.Re2=] 15...f6 16.Bf4 Nxg2 17.Rxe4 Rd5 18.Rd1 Rhd8 19.Rxd5 Rxd5 20.Bd2 [20.Re2=] 20...Rh5 21.Nf4 Nxf4 22.Bxf4 Kd7 23.Nc3?! [23.Bg3=] 23...Rf5 24.Kd2 [24.Na4 Bg1=/+] 24...g5 25.Bg3 Rxf3 26.Nd5 h5 27.b4 [27.Ke2 Rf5=/+] 27...Bd6  [27...h4-/+] 28.Ke2 g4 29.Re3? [29.a4 Bxg3 30.hxg3 Kd6-/+] 29...Rxe3+ 30.Kxe3 Ke6 31.Bxd6 Kxd5 32.Bf8 Kc4 33.a3 Nc7 34.Ke4 h4 35.Bc5 Nb5 0-1

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