Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Timur Gareyev Caro-Kann BDG

Grandmaster Timur Gareyev turned a Caro-Kann Defence into a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit in January 2017. For this game Timur Gareyev avoided the 4.Nxe4 main line Caro-Kann variations. The BDG is an exciting choice, but alas White walked into a bad BDG line. Better are 7.0-0, or earlier 6.Bd3, or even 3.f3!? White cannot afford to leave his king in the center. Guillermo Vazquez defended aggressively. Rather than 8…Bg6 he countered with 8…Nfd7. Black threatens Nxe5 and …Qh4+. This thematic idea comes from both Slav and other BDG variations.

Nigel Short transposed to a related line (see 7.Qe2 below) in a blitz game. Short won as White in 43 moves from a Caro-Kann Defence. The BDG seemed to fit in well with the King’s Gambits that Nigel Short played on the Internet Chess Club fifteen years ago.

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit sets up a battle of the White momentum vs the Black material. Grandmaster Gareyev (sometimes spelled "Gareev") plays a wide variety of sharp openings. At least his play is entertaining for us!

Gareyev (2617) - Vazquez (2437), PRO League Pacific 2017 INT (1), 11.01.2017 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Nf6 6.Bc4 [6.Bd3!?] 6...Bf5 7.Ne5 [7.Bg5 e6 8.Nh4 Bg6 9.Nxg6 hxg6 10.Qd3 Qa5 11.h4! Nbd7 12.0-0-0 Bb4 13.Ne2 0-0-0 14.a3 Be7 15.Qh3 Nb6 16.Bd3 Qd5 17.Kb1 Kb8 18.g4 Ka8 19.Be3 Ne8 20.Qf1 Rf8 21.Nf4=; 7.Nh4 Bg6 8.Nxg6 hxg6 9.Be3 Nbd7 10.Qf3 e6=/+; 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 e6 9.Bd2 Be7 10.0-0-0 0-0=/+; 7.Bf4 e6 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Bd6 10.Bxd6 Qxd6 11.0-0-0 0-0=/+; 7.Qe2 e6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Bf4 Nbd7 [Nigel Short reached this position in a blitz game from a Caro-Kann Defence. White won in 43 moves.] 10.Rae1 0-0=/+ [Short (3314) - Diana (2924), ICC 2004]] 7...e6 8.g4 Nfd7 [8...Bg6 9.h4 Bb4 10.h5 Bxc2 11.Qd2 [Diemer - Gunderam, corr 1983] 11...Rf8 12.a3 Ba5=/+] 9.Bf4?! [White's got to be feeling pretty bad about now. 9.gxf5 Qh4+ 10.Kf1 Nxe5 11.Be2 Qh3+ 12.Ke1 Ned7 13.fxe6 [Geiger - Quinones, corr 2006] 13...Qxe6=/+] 9...Nxe5 10.Bxe5 Qh4+ 11.Bg3 Qxg4 12.Be2 [12.Qd2 Be7 13.Be2 Qg5 14.Bf4 Qh4+ 15.Bg3 Qh6 16.Qxh6 gxh6 17.0-0-0 Na6 18.a3 0-0-0-/+ when Black's f-pawn is a long term advantage.] 12...Qg5 13.Rf1 Nd7 14.Bf3 Bb4 15.Qe2 Nf6 16.Qe3? Qxe3+ 0-1

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