Friday, January 27, 2017

French Defence My First BDG

This was my first chance at a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit as Black. Up until 1978 no one had tried to play the BDG against me. All I knew was that I didn't want to face it. When I entered a 7 player Tennessee Chess Association postal event Richard Searles as White began with 1.d4. I played 1…Nf6 to prevent him from playing 2.e4. We continued 2.Nc3 d5. I figured that d5 pawn will keep White from playing 3.e4. But Searles played 3.e4 anyway! That guy must be crazy! Or a dangerous attacker.

Let me look this up in Modern Chess Openings. There was hardly anything there. I was afraid to play 3...Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 (Huebsch Gambit). Defending my kingside without my knight seemed risky. Worse might be 3...dxe4 4.f3 exf3 (Blackmar-Diemer Gambit). I had never played against that opening in my life. Searles must know it pretty well. Yikes! I knew what to do. I transposed to a French Defence (though I'd never played it). What a fool I was! Ten years later I played the BDG and the French Defence as White all the time. Now I am comfortable in either opening. Back in 1978 I was learning.

My new French 3.Be3 Playbook is a step by step guide to the Alapin Diemer Gambit.

Searles - Sawyer, corr TCA 1978 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 e6 [I was afraid to play either 3...Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 Huebsch Gambit or; 3...dxe4 4.f3 exf3 Blackmar-Diemer Gambit] 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Be3 [Years later I often played 6.Be3.] 6...Ne4 7.Qg4 g6 8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 c5 10.Bd3 h5 11.Qf3 Qa5!? [11...Nxc3 12.dxc5=] 12.Ne2 cxd4 13.Bxd4 Nc6 14.0-0 Nc5?! [14...0-0 15.Bxe4 dxe4 16.Qxe4+/=] 15.Qf6 Rg8 16.Be3?! [16.Rfd1+/=] 16...Nd7 17.Qg5 Ndxe5 18.Qh6 Bd7 [18...Ng4 19.Qh7 Nf6 20.Qh6 Ng4= repeats moves] 19.Rfb1 [19.h3=] 19...0-0-0 20.Rb5?! [20.h3] 20...Qa4 [20...Ng4 21.Rxa5 Nxh6=/+] 21.Rab1 b6 [21...Ng4=/+] 22.R1b3 [22.Bxb6 axb6 23.Qe3 Nxd3 24.cxd3 Kc7 25.Qxb6+ Kd6 26.Qc5+ Ke5-/+ when the Black king will hide around his kingside pawns.] 22...Nxd3 23.cxd3 Nd4 24.R5b4 Nxe2+ 25.Kf1 Qa6 [25...Qc6-/+] 26.Kxe2 Ba4 27.Rb2 b5? [Now White's attack springs to life. Better was 27...e5 28.Bxb6 e4=/+] 28.Qf4 Rd7 29.c4! dxc4 30.Rxc4+ Kd8 31.Rxa4 Qxa4 32.Qxa4 bxa4 33.Rb8+ 1-0

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