On Black Friday retailers stop losing money and start making a profit for the year. This game was one of those dark moments when Black stopped losing to the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Any of us from time to time might lose a game as White. In this game White transposed into the Blackmar-Diemer after 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3. Note that Black could have played the Huebsch Gambit 3…Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4, but many defenders prefer to have a Black knight on f6.
In this game Black declined the BDG with the Vienna Variation 4…Bf5. This gives White four obvious choices: 5.Bc4, 5.Bg5, 5.g4, and 5.fxe4. The last two pawn move options are reliable and good. Developing a bishop on move five is not accurate. Otto Blumel of the Czech Republic played the White pieces in this clash of veterans. His opponent was Rudolf Hampel. Both sides attacked. The extra pawn helped Black make strong threats. White’s king got into trouble. Black won the Exchange.
The line 5.Bc4 is section 4.0 in my Blackmar-Diemer Games 2 book.
Blumel (2061) - Hampel (1710), Ricany Open A 2016 Ricany CZE (1.15), 27.08.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 Bf5 5.Bc4 [5.g4] 5...e6 6.Bg5 [An alternative is 6.fxe4 Nxe4 7.Nxe4 Bxe4 8.Nf3 Be7=/+] 6...Bb4 7.fxe4 [7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Nbd7-/+] 7...Bxe4 8.Nf3 Nc6 [8...Bxf3! 9.gxf3 (9.Qxf3 Qxd4 10.Be2 Nc6 11.Rd1 Qe5-+) 9...Nc6 10.Bb5 Qd5 11.Bxc6+ Qxc6-/+] 9.a3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Nxd4 11.Qf2 Bxc3+ [11...Bc5! 12.Rd1 Bb6-/+] 12.bxc3 Nf5 13.Bd3 [13.0-0 0-0 14.Rad1 Qe7-/+] 13...Qd5 [13...Ng4!? 14.Qf4 Nfe3 15.Bxd8 Nxg2+ 16.Kd2 Nxf4 17.Bxc7 Nxd3 18.cxd3 0-0-/+] 14.0-0-0 Qa5?! [14...Ne4 15.Bxe4 Qxe4 16.Rhe1 Qg4 17.Bf4 Rc8-/+] 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.g4? [16.Bxf5! Qxc3 (16...Qxf5 17.Qxf5 exf5 18.Rhe1+ Kf8 19.Rd7=) 17.Qh4 Qa1+ 18.Kd2 0-0-0+ 19.Bd3 Qb2 20.Qb4=] 16...Ne7 17.Qxf6 Qxa3+ 18.Kd2 0-0-0 19.Qxf7 Nd5 20.Qxe6+ Kb8 21.Qe5 Rhe8 22.Qg7 Qc5 [Black has a forced checkmate with 22...Nb6 23.Rb1 Nc4+ 24.Kd1 Qa2 25.Kc1 Rxd3 26.Qxc7+ Kxc7 27.Rxb7+ Kxb7 28.cxd3 Qb2+ 29.Kd1 Qd2#] 23.Qd4 Qe7 24.Kc1 Ne3 25.Qa4 Nxd1 26.Rxd1 Rd6 27.Rf1 Rf8 28.Rxf8+ Qxf8 29.g5 a6 30.Qe4 Qg7 31.h4 Qxc3 32.h5 Qa1+ 33.Kd2 Qa5+ 34.Ke2 Qxg5 0-1
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