Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Luc Henris Plays BDG O'Kelly

FIDE Master Luc Henris of Belgium showed his preparation and flexibility. He transposed to four openings in four moves. The game began as an Alekhine Defence with 1.e4 Nf6. Then the game became a Scandinavian with 2.Nc3 d5. Rather than capture on d5, White played the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit with 3.d4 dxe4 4.f3. Black declined the gambit by turning the opening in a Caro-Kann with 4…c6. I call it a BDG O’Kelly.

Luc Henris is a 1.e4 player. His repertoire is varied. Black did not play the Huebsch Gambit 3…Nxe4 but instead chose 3…dxe4. Henris is known for his extensive work on the Albin-Counter Gambit. That gambit resembles a Blackmar-Diemer in reverse. Lucas Chaignet turned this opening into a Caro-Kann Defence. The O’Kelly leaves White with a choice to make on move five.

I have seen nine different fifth moves played for White. Three are pretty good. Three are subpar, and three are extremely suspect. Half the time 5.fxe4 is played. The move Henris played in 5.Bc4 is even more popular because it transposes to the Caro-Kann Defence line 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.f3. Third is 5.Nxe4 which looks dull, but it is fully sound, if that is important. The best attacking move is 5.Bc4. Henris played it in a way that reminded me of a BDG Declined Vienna Hara-Kiri 4.f3 Bf5 5.g4.

The line 4.f3 c6 5.Bc4 is section 3.3 in my Blackmar-Diemer Games 2 book.

Henris (2149) - Chaignet (1871), 7th LUCOPEN 2016 Lille FRA (6.17), 13.04.2016 begins 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 dxe4 4.f3 c6 5.Bc4 Bf5 6.g4 [6.fxe4 Nxe4 7.Nxe4 Bxe4 8.Qe2 Bg6 9.Nf3 e6 10.0-0 Nd7=/+] 6...Bg6 7.g5 Nd5 8.Nxe4 e6 9.Ne2 [9.h4!?] 9...Be7 [9...h6 10.gxh6 Qh4+ 11.N2g3 gxh6 12.Qe2=] 10.h4 [10.0-0 Nd7 11.N2g3 0-0 12.Bb3=] 10...h6 11.Kf2 Nd7 12.Bb3 Qb6 13.c4 Nb4 14.Be3 Bxe4 15.fxe4 e5 16.Kg2 Qc7 17.d5 Bc5 18.Qd2 Bxe3 19.Qxe3 Qb6 20.Qxb6 [20.Qc3 0-0-0 21.a3+/=] 20...Nxb6 [20...axb6 21.Ng3=] 21.Ng3 hxg5 22.hxg5 Kd7? [22...0-0-0 23.Nf5+/=] 23.c5 Rxh1 24.Rxh1 Nc8 25.Rh7 cxd5 26.exd5 Ne7 27.Ba4+ 1-0

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