Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mellado Trivino Meets BDG Elbert

Juan Mellado Triviño played another Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. For me this was sweet and sour. Sweet because I love to see International Master Mellado Trivino play a BDG. Sour because I do not like the way he handled the move 4…e5. The Elbert Variation 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 e5 implies confusion by Black and sometimes by White. Black may confuse it with the Lemberger 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 e5. The line with 3…Nf6 4.f3 e5 leaves Black with a vulnerable knight on f6 and it gives White a combination. 3…e5 and 4…e5 are quite different.

Grandmaster Tartakower demonstrated the win in 1954. White needs to know three moves. White gets a material advantage after 4…e5. Play it this way 5.dxe5! Qxd1+ 6.Kxd1! Nfd7 7.Nd5!! White wins one pawn or two pawns or the Exchange or a rook. IM Mellado Trivino chose 7.f4 leading to an equal position. Unfortunately White got outplayed by Vicenc Esplugas Esteve of Spain.

The line 4.f3 e5 is section 3.0 in my Blackmar-Diemer Games 2 book.

Mellado Trivino (2410) - Esplugas Esteve (2280), XXIV Balaguer Rapid Open Balaguer ESP (8.7), 18.09.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 e5 5.dxe5 Qxd1+ 6.Kxd1 Nfd7 7.f4 [7.Nd5! Kd8 (7...Nxe5? 8.Nxc7+ Kd8 9.Nxa8+-; 7...Na6 8.Bxa6 bxa6 9.Nxc7+ Kd8 10.Nxa8+-; 7...exf3 8.Nxc7+ Kd8 9.Nxa8 fxg2 10.Bxg2 Nxe5 11.Bf4+-) 8.Bg5+ f6 9.exf6 gxf6 (9...Nxf6 10.Nxf6 h6 11.Nxe4+ hxg5 12.Nxg5+-) 10.Nxf6 h6 (10...Be7 11.Nxe4 Bxg5 12.Nxg5+-) 11.Nxd7+ hxg5 12.Nxf8 Rxf8 13.Kd2 exf3 14.Nxf3 g4 15.Ne5+/-] 7...f5 [7...Nc5 8.Nge2 Nc6 9.Be3 Be6 10.a3 0-0-0+ 11.Kc1 a5 12.Ng3+/=; 7...f6 8.e6 Nb6 9.f5 g6 10.a4 a5 11.Nxe4 Be7 12.g4 h5 13.Ne2 hxg4 14.fxg6 Bxe6 15.Nf4+/=] 8.Bc4 [8.Nge2!? Bc5 9.Nd5 Kd8 10.b4 Nb6 11.Nxc7 Kxc7 12.bxc5 Na4 13.Be3=] 8...Nc5 [8...Nb6 9.Bb3 c5 10.Be3 Na6 11.a3 Nc7 12.Nge2=] 9.Be3 [9.Nb5 Nba6 10.Nd4 c6 11.Nge2=] 9...Be6 10.Bb3?! [10.Bxe6 Nxe6=] 10...Nxb3 11.axb3 Na6 [11...Nc6!=/+] 12.Nge2 0-0-0+ 13.Kc1 c5 14.Nb5 Kb8 15.Nec3 Be7 16.Na3 h6 17.Nc4 [17.Nab5=] 17...Nb4 18.Nd6? [18.Nb5=] 18...Bxd6 19.exd6 b6 20.Nb5 Rd7 [20...a6-/+] 21.Bd2 Nc6 22.Bc3 Rhd8 23.b4 cxb4 24.Nd4 Nxd4 25.Bxd4 Kb7 26.Be5 Rc8 27.Kd2 Rc5 28.c3 bxc3+ 29.bxc3 Rb5 30.Ke3 Kc6 31.h3 Rb2 32.g4 Rg2 33.gxf5 Bxf5 34.Rhb1? [34.Rag1 Rc2 35.Rxg7 Rxg7 36.Bxg7 Kxd6-/+] 34...Rg3+ 35.Kd4 Rxh3 36.Rd1 h5 37.c4 h4 38.Rac1 a5 39.Rb1 Rd3+ 40.Rxd3 exd3 41.c5 [Or 41.Kc3 h3-+ and White cannot stop the passed rook pawns on both sides of the board.] 41...bxc5+ 42.Ke3 a4 43.Rb8 h3 44.Rc8+ Kd5 45.Rf8 g6 46.Rh8 Ra7 47.Re8 a3 48.Ba1 Kxd6 49.Be5+ Kd5 50.Rd8+ Kc4 51.Kd2 a2 52.Ba1 Re7 53.Ra8 Re2+ 54.Kd1 h2 0-1

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  1. The simple 7 Nd5! Kd8 8 Bg5+ f6 9 ef6 wins easily. All of which proves does not know beans about BDG theory!!

  2. Yes, I played 7.Nd5! all 25 times from this position and won almost all of them up two pawns. The first time I met 4...e5 I did not know White was supposed to take with the King. I took with knight after 5.dxe5 Qxd1+ 6.Nxd1?! and only drew.


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