David Wight asked, “Would you have any Ernst Rasmussen games to post? I have one game that I was black against Ernst and beat his BDG.”
I answered, “Yes David, I have several of his games. I will look for one. If you have any of your games that you would like me to post, send them to me.”
It seems that I did not immediately have to look for a game by Ernst Rasmussen after all. Below is the game that David Wight sent me. Ernst Rasmussen was one of the top BDG players in his prime decades ago when his rating was over 2000.
Here we have a popular line in the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Declined. The moves 4.f4 Bf5 lead to the BDG Vienna Defence. Rather than grab another pawn on f3 Black chooses to hold e4 for the moment. White could develop a bishop at this point.
White has two options. First is 5.g4 Bg6 with either 6.h4 or 6.g5. Second is Rasmussen’s choice 5.fxe4. Black played a common defence 7…Qc8. The battle was balanced until White blundered.
The line 7.bxc3 Qc8 is section 4.6 in Blackmar-Diemer Games 2 book.
Rasmussen (1800) - Wight (1355), TCC Spring Champ, 07.12.2016 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 Bf5 5.fxe4 Nxe4 6.Qf3 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Qc8 8.Bc4 [8.Bd3= is a good alternative.] 8...Be6 [8...e6 9.Ne2 (9.Nh3 Bd6 10.Bd3 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 h6 12.0-0 0-0=/+; 9.Rb1 Bd6 10.Bd3 Nc6 11.Bxf5 exf5 12.Nh3 Qe6+ 13.Kf2 0-0-0=/+; 9.Bb3 Be7 10.Ne2 c5 11.Ng3 Bg6 12.h4 h6 13.h5 Bh7=/+) 9...Bd6 (9...Be7 10.Rb1 c6 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.cxd3 0-0 13.0-0 Nd7=/+; 9...Nd7 10.Rb1 Bd6 11.Rxb7 0-0 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.cxd3 e5=; 9...Nc6 10.0-0 Be7 11.Bd3 0-0 12.Bxf5 exf5 13.Rb1 Bd6 14.Nf4=; 9...c6 10.Ng3 Bg6 11.h4 Bd6 12.0-0 Qc7 13.Ne4 Bh2+ 14.Kh1=) 10.Ng3 Bg6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Rb1 Nc6 13.Ne4 b6 14.Nf6+ gxf6 15.Bh6 Rd8=] 9.Bxe6 Qxe6+ 10.Ne2 c6 11.0-0 Nd7 12.a4 [12.Rb1 b6=] 12...g6 [12...Qd5=] 13.Rb1 b6 14.Nf4 Qd6 15.Be3 [15.Ra1+/=] 15...Bg7 16.Nh3 [16.Nh5 0-0 17.Nxg7 Kxg7=] 16...f6 [16...0-0-/+] 17.Rbe1 [17.Bf4 Qd5=/+] 17...0-0 [17...e5 18.Rd1 Qe6=/+] 18.Bf4 [18.Rd1 Rfe8=/+] 18...e5 19.Bg3 Rae8 20.Qd3 Qd5 21.Bf2 [21.Qa6 f5-/+] 21...exd4 [21...f5-/+] 22.cxd4 Bh6 23.Qa6 g5 24.c4 [24.Kh1 g4=/+] 24...Qd6 [24...Qf7-/+] 25.Kh1 f5 26.c5 [26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Qxa7 g4=/+] 26...bxc5 [26...Qd5-/+] 27.dxc5 Nxc5 28.Qc4+ Ne6 29.Bxa7 Kh8 30.Rd1 Qc7 31.Bc5 Nxc5 32.Qxc5 Re5 33.Qd6 Qxd6 34.Rxd6 Kg7 35.Rxc6 g4 36.Nf2 Rf7 [36...Rd8=/+] 37.g3 Ra5 38.Rc4 Rfa7 39.Ra1 Bg5 40.Nd3 Bf6 41.Ra2 Rd5 42.Nf4 Rd1+ 43.Kg2 Rb7 44.Rac2 Rbb1 45.Ne2 Bd8 46.Rd4 Rxd4 47.Nxd4 Bb6 48.Ne2 Rb4 49.Ra2 Rb3 50.a5 Ba7 51.Rd2 Kf6 52.Nf4 Rb1 53.Ne2 [53.Rd6+ Ke7=] 53...Ke7 [53...Ra1=] 54.Rc2 Kd6 55.h3 gxh3+ 56.Kxh3 Ra1 57.Rd2+ Ke5 58.Rd7 Bc5 59.Rxh7? [59.a6 Rxa6 60.Rxh7=] 0-1
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