This Blackmar-Diemer Gambit win by David Wight reminds me of a lesson from Bobby Fischer. Bobby won with a combination, but he missed the fastest win. Fischer commented in effect that the win you see is better than the one you don’t. The important thing is to keep searching for a win. When you find it, then you play it!
David Wight won this Blackmar-Diemer Gambit vs “evgeny1955” in the BDG Euwe. This variation may be good for Black in theory, but it is terrible in practice. White has a huge plus score. Black can easily fall prey to a winning combination at all levels of play.
White has a kingside attack that flows naturally. Prime targets in Black’s position are nine squares from f6 to h6 to h8 to f8 and everything in between. The White army aims at these squares with obvious strong threats. Both bishops take aim. The queen arrives diagonally from d1, d2, or e1. The Nf3 knight hops to g5 or e5. The Nc3 knight moves to e4 for reinforcement. The Rf1 may capture the Nf6 followed by Raf1.
David Wight missed the bishop sacrifice Bxh7+ on moves 10 and 11. But by move 12 Wight realized it could work. Sure enough, he won! This BDG Euwe 6.Bd3 is section 2.1 in my Blackmar-Diemer Games 1 book and my Blackmar-Diemer Theory 3 book.
Wight (1694) - evgeny1955 (1595), Live Chess Chess.com, 12.12.2016 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bd3 Bb4 [6...c5 7.dxc5 Nbd7 8.Qe2 Nxc5 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.Bg5 a6 11.Bxd7+ Ncxd7=; 6...Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Qe1 c5 9.Qh4 cxd4 10.Bg5 g6 11.Nxd4 Nd5=; 6...Nc6 7.a3 a6 8.Ne4 Be7 9.c3 Nd5 10.0-0=; 6...Bd6 7.Qe2 0-0 8.0-0 h6 9.Ne4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4=; 6...b6 7.Qe2 Bb7 8.Bg5 Nbd7 9.0-0-0 Be7 10.Kb1=] 7.Be3 [7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 c5 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Kh1 Qd5 11.Qe2=] 7...0-0 [7...c5 8.a3 cxd4 9.Bxd4 Ba5=/+] 8.0-0 b6 [8...Nc6 9.a3=] 9.Qe1 [9.Ng5!? Nbd7 10.Qf3 Rb8 11.Qh3 h6 12.Nf3 c5 13.Bxh6 gxh6 14.Qxh6+/-] 9...Nd5 [9...Ba6=] 10.Bd2 [10.Bxh7+! Kh8 (10...Kxh7 11.Ng5+ Kg8 12.Qh4+-) 11.Bg5 f6 12.Qh4 fxg5 13.Nxg5+-] 10...Bb7? [10...f5 11.Nxd5 Bxd2 12.Qxd2 Qxd5 13.c3 Nc6 14.Rae1=] 11.a3 [11.Bxh7+!+-] 11...Bd6 [11...Be7! 12.Qg3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 f5 14.Rae1=] 12.Bxh7+ [12.Ng5 Nf6 13.Rxf6 Qxf6 14.Bxh7+ Kh8 15.Qh4 Qxd4+ 16.Qxd4 Bc5 17.Qxc5 bxc5 18.Bd3+-] 12...Kxh7 13.Ng5+ Kg8? [13...Kg6 14.Rxf7 Bxh2+ 15.Kxh2 Qd6+ 16.Kg1 Rxf7 17.Nb5+/-] 14.Qh4 Re8 15.Qh7+ Kf8 16.Rxf7# 1-0
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