When can a 1.e4 player play the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit? Luc Henris shows us the way. Previously we saw Henris transpose an Alekhine Defence into a BDG O’Kelly. That game began 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 (3…Nxe4 Huebsch Gambit) 4.f3 (BDG) 4…c6 (O’Kelly). That same position could also be reached from a Caro-Kann Defence after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.f3 Nf6.
FIDE Master Luc Henris of Belgium is known for his extensive work on the Albin-Counter Gambit. It makes perfect sense that an Albin player might try an occasional Blackmar-Diemer since the two gambits resemble each other.
Here Henris won a BDG Langeheinecke against Olivier Potaux in what began as a Scandinavian Defence 1.e4 d5 2.d4!? dxe4. Some of my best Blackmar-Diemer Gambits began this way. Olivier Potaux declined the BDG with the Langeheinecke after 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 e3. This is a common response by humans over the board. The line 5.Bxe3 Bf5 is section 3.9 in my Blackmar-Diemer Games 2 book.
Chess engines never give back this gambit pawn, but computers do not feel the fear that sneaks up and grabs a person in the pit of his stomach when surprised by the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Master Henris played this game well. White’s kingside attack led to a successful checkmate on move 21.
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Henris (2325) - Potaux, Open Le Touquet FRA (4), 29.10.2002 begins 1.e4 d5 2.d4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 e3 5.Bxe3 Bf5 6.Nge2 e6 [6...Nc6 7.g4 Bg6 8.a3+/=] 7.g4 Bg6 8.h4 h6 [8...h5 9.Nf4+/-] 9.Nf4 Bh7 [9...Bd6 10.Nxg6 Bg3+ 11.Kd2 fxg6 12.Bd3 0-0 13.Qg1 e5 14.Ne2+-] 10.g5 hxg5 [10...Nd5 11.Nfxd5 exd5 12.gxh6 gxh6 13.Qe2 c6 14.0-0-0+/-] 11.hxg5 Bxc2 12.Qxc2 [12.Rxh8!? Bxd1 13.Rxd1 Nd5 14.Nfxd5 exd5 15.Kf2+/-] 12...Rxh1 13.gxf6 gxf6 [13...Qxf6 14.0-0-0+/-] 14.0-0-0 c6 15.d5 Rxf1 16.Rxf1 cxd5 17.Re1 Be7 [17...d4 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Qg6+ Kd7 20.Bxd4+-] 18.Qh7 [18.Rh1+-] 18...Nd7 [18...Nc6 19.Qg8+ Kd7 20.Qxf7+-] 19.Nxe6 fxe6 [19...Nf8 20.Ng7+ Kd7 21.Qf5+ Ne6 22.Bf4+-] 20.Qg6+ Kf8 21.Bh6# 1-0
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