Friday, October 28, 2016

BDG Lemberger vs Robin Forman

Robin Forman is a USCF National Master rated 2265. An article dated September 14, 2016 in “The Hullabaloo” announced a new member added to the Tulane administrative board, “senior vice president of Academic Affairs and provost, Robin Forman.”

In the article Emily Fornof wrote “Outside of academia, Forman has played chess for many years and is a former stand-up comedian. Forman still remains interested in these activities, but he says his passion has remained with education.”

An intelligent chess master guy with a sense of humor! My guess is this is the same Robin Forman whom I played in a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit thematic correspondence tournament 1996.

Forman and I drew an unrated game in the Lemberger line 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 Nc3 e5 4.Nxe4 exd4. The best move is 5.Nf3! Here I experimented with 5.Bb5+!? c6 6.Qe2?! Analysis shows Black had a good reply 6…Bb4+! We got bishops of opposite colors.

The line 4.Nxe4 exd4 is section 2.6 in my Blackmar-Diemer Games 2 book.

Sawyer - Forman, corr BDG thematic 1996 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nxe4 exd4 5.Bb5+ [5.Nf3! Nc6 6.Bb5 Bf5 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.Ng3 Qe7+ 9.Ne2 c5 10.0-0 0-0-0=; 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.0-0 Be7 8.c3 dxc3 9.Qe2 0-0 10.bxc3 Re8=/+; 5.Bc4 Qe7 6.Qe2 Nc6 7.Bg5 f6 8.Bf4 Bf5 9.Bd3 Be6 10.Nf3 g5=/+] 5...c6 [5...Bd7 6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nf3 f5 8.Bxd7+ Nxd7 9.Neg5 Qxe2+ 10.Kxe2=; 5...Nc6 6.Ne2 (6.Nf3 Bf5 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.Ng3 Qe7+ 9.Ne2 c5 10.0-0 0-0-0=) 6...Bd7 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Nxf6+ Qxf6 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.Qxd4 Nxd4 11.Bxd7+ Kxd7 12.Rd1=] 6.Qe2 [6.Bc4! Nf6 (6...Bf5 7.Ng3 Bg6 8.Nf3 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Qe7+ 10.Ne2 Nf6 11.0-0=) 7.Nxf6+ (7.Ng5 Qe7+ 8.Qe2 Nd5 9.Ne4=) 7...Qxf6 8.Nf3 Bb4+ 9.Kf1 (9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 c5 11.Qe2+ Be6 12.0-0 0-0 13.Bxe6 Qxe6=/+) 9...0-0 10.Bg5 Qd6 11.Qxd4 Qxd4 12.Nxd4 Nd7 13.c3 Bc5 14.Re1=] 6...Be7 [6...Bb4+! 7.c3 (7.Nd2+ Ne7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.Ngf3 Re8-/+) 7...cxb5 8.cxb4 Ne7 9.Qxb5+ Nbc6-/+] 7.Bc4 Bf5 [7...b5 8.Bb3=] 8.Nf3 Bg6 [8...Bxe4 9.Qxe4 Nf6 10.Qxd4 Qxd4 11.Nxd4 Bc5=] 9.0-0 Kf8 10.Bf4 c5 11.Ne5 [11.Rae1!?+/-] 11...Nc6 12.Nxc6 [12.Rae1 Nxe5 13.Bxe5+/-] 12...bxc6 13.Be5?! [13.Rfe1 Qd7 14.Qd2 Re8 15.Qa5+/-] 13...Nf6 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nxc5 Qe7 16.Qxe7+ Kxe7 17.Rae1+ Kd6 18.Ne4+ Bxe4 19.Rxe4 Rab8 20.b3 Rhe8 21.Rxe8 Rxe8 22.Bxf7 Re2 23.Rc1 1/2-1/2

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  1. You could have followed up 6. Qe2 by sending a quick email/letter message to your opponent "Uh oh! I've dropped my bishop on b5! Why do I do this all the time?" which may have coaxed him into a quick 6...cxb5 - a little hopeful perhaps, but could be tried nevertheless.

    1. Yes, some players fall for that, especially in blitz chess. Your comment reminds me of some swindles pulled off in live face to face games.


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