The best way to learn an opening is to play it! A loss is a lesson. I learn a lot when I fail by falling forward. I like this quote: “If you FAIL, never give up because F.A.I.L. means “First Attempt in Learning“. END is not the end; in fact E.N.D. means “Effort Never Dies“. If you get NO as an answer, remember N.O. means “Next Opportunity“.” That comes from Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam who was the 11th President of India. He is known as A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
John Dowling is not just any chess player. In 2014 John Dowling was listed as the 19th highest rated correspondence player in the USCF at 2345. He also earned a National Master certificate in tournament play. For me it was a privilege just to play him.
This particular game was in a thematic postal tournament shortly after I wrote my original Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook. All the players had to play the BDG from both sides. I lost twice. Dowling was usually a 1.e4 player, however John enjoyed trying out the BDG in thematic events. Dowling won most of his games from either side. John did lose one game to Ernst Rasmussen. That became Game 66 in my Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Keybook II covered on pages 270-274.
When you are just learning an opening, you probably do not want to play it when an important rating or money is at stake. There is value in losing a game like this.
First, losing in an opening may indicate whether a line is good.
Second, losing in an opening reveal who you do not understand.
Third, losing in an opening tells you how to play the other side.
Or fourth, losing in an opening shows your opponent played well!
The 4.Nxe4 Qxd4 line is section 2.5 in my Blackmar-Diemer Games 2 book.
Sawyer - Dowling, corr BDGW 5-B (1.2), 03.1992 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nxe4 Qxd4 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Qd5 [6...Qd7!?=] 7.Qe2 [7.0-0!=] 7...Bg4 8.Bc4 Qd7 9.c3?! [9.Be3 0-0-0 10.h3=] 9...0-0-0 10.0-0 h6 11.Ng3 Bd6 12.h3 Be6 13.Bxe6 Qxe6 14.Re1 Nge7 15.Bd2 [15.b4 Kb8=/+] 15...f5 16.Nd4 Nxd4 17.cxd4 e4 0-1
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