Huebsch Gambit avoids Blackmar-Diemer Gambit in theory by not in spirit. The Huebsch keeps the feel, the tactics, and the strategy of the BDG. White has five reasonable responses after 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 (3...dxe4 4.f3 is a BDG) 4.Nxe4 dxe4. Options include 5.Bc4, 5.Be3, 5.Bf4, 5.c3, or 5.f3. Those interested in critical variations can find my detailed analysis in Blackmar-Diemer Theory 4.
Black is up a pawn but is missing the helpful Nf6. White does have compensation. If Black is rated over 2000 in a slow game, then White has his work cut out for him. If Black is rated below 2000 in a blitz game, White's chances skyrocket.
John Crompton as White (JECmate) prefers the logical 5.f3!? If Black accepts with 5...exf3 then in theory White has full compensation for the gambit. In practice, Black grabs the pawn about half the time. Crompton demonstrates that White can win quickly because he makes immediate threats that must be taken seriously, or else it's mate.
JECmate (1609) - Qu1ntana (1545), Live Chess Chess.com, 06.02.2017 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.f3!? exf3 [5...e5!-/+] 6.Nxf3 g6 [In another Crompton game Black tried 6...Bg4 7.Bc4 (7.c3=) 7...e6 8.c3 Bd6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Bd3 Bxf3 11.Rxf3 Nd7 12.Bxh7+ (12.Qe2=) 12...Kh8 (12...Kxh7 13.Rh3+ Kg8 14.Qh5 f6-+) 13.Bd3 g6 14.Rh3+ Kg7 15.Bh6+ Kg8 16.Qg4 a6 17.Bxg6 Nf6 18.Qg5 Nh7 19.Bxh7+ Kxh7 20.Qg7 mate 1-0. JECmate - sexsy11, Chess.com 2017] 7.Bc4 Bg7 8.0-0 0-0 9.c3 Nd7 10.Qe1 Nf6 11.Bg5 a6 12.Qh4 b5 13.Bb3 Bb7 14.Bh6 Bd5 15.Ng5 Bxb3? [15...Re8 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Rxf6 exf6 18.Qxh7+ Kf8 19.Rf1 Re2 20.Qh8+ Ke7 21.Qxf6+ Ke8 (21...Kd7 22.Bxd5+-) 22.Qh8+ Ke7= with a draw by repetition.] 16.Bxg7 [White stands much better after 16.axb3! Qd5 (16...Bh8 17.Bxf8 Kxf8 18.Nxh7+ Nxh7 19.Qxh7+-) 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Rxf6 h6 19.Rxf7+ Rxf7 20.Nxf7 Qxf7 21.Rf1 Qe6 22.Re1+-] 16...Kxg7 17.Rxf6?! [This sacrifice is very tempting, but White should recapture the bishop first. 17.axb3 h6 18.Ne4=] 17...Kxf6? [Correct is 17...h6! and now if 18.Rf2 hxg5 19.Qxg5 Bd5-+ White is down a bishop.] 18.Rf1+ 1-0
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