Friday, April 28, 2017

Richard Torning in BDG Zeller

The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Zeller 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Bf5 is rare. The standard move is 4.f3. Some BDGers prefer 4.g4 Bg6. In Blackmar-Diemer Theory 4, I analyzed 5.Nge2, 5.Bg2, and 5.Be3 leading to equal chances. Richard Torning (AussieKiller) plays 5.Qe2 which appears once in my database. I quote his comments edited for space:

"Greetings Tim, Thank you for your Blackmar enthusiasm! I purchased Vols 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the Blackmar Gambit. The line I usually play does not appear to be mentioned in your books? Please correct me if I am wrong. Would I be so bold as to suggest that this variation be referred to as the Torning line if it is not already taken?"

"I love gambits and I coach children using miniature games. I also encourage the use of gambits in their opening repertoires. I am the current editor of the New South Wales Junior Chess Magazine. I enjoy assisting in the development of other chess coaches / administrators (emphasizing process goals as opposed to outcome goals). I am also an arbiter and chess administrator for the NSWJCL. Kindest regards, Richard Torning"

AussieKiller (1809) - smc000130 (1537),, 02.09.2016 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.g4 Bg6 5.Qe2 h5 [5...Qd7 6.Nxe4 Bxe4 7.Qxe4 c6 (7...Nc6=) 8.g5 h6 9.Bh3 e6 10.g6 f5? 11.Bxf5 Nf6 12.Qxe6+ Qxe6+ 13.Bxe6 and 1-0 in 43. Ulf Brambrink - Kuhn, Recklinghausen 2002; 5...h6 6.Qb5+ Nd7 7.Qxb7 e6 8.Bb5 Bb4? (8...Ngf6=) 9.Bxd7+! (Torning tried 9.Bd2 and won 1-0 in 24. AussieKiller - Aremando, 2015) 9...Kxd7 10.Qxb4+-; 5...Nf6 6.Bf4 (6.g5!=) 6...e6 (6...Nc6!) 7.Qb5+ Nbd7 8.0-0-0 b6? 9.d5 a6 10.Qc6 exd5? 11.Nxd5 Be7? 12.Nxc7+ 1-0 AussieKiller - machur_leShach, 2016; 5...Qxd4 ("Greedy grabbing a second pawn and thinking e4 is the key point for protection." Torning) 6.Qb5+ Nd7 7.Be3! Qe5 8.Qxb7 Rb8 9.Qxa7 Rxb2?! 10.Bd4! Qd6 11.0-0-0 Qb4 12.Bb5+-] 6.Bf4!? [Or 6.Qb5+ Nd7 7.g5!? e6 8.Bg2=] 6...hxg4 [6...a6 7.g5 e6 8.Bg2=] 7.0-0-0!? [7.Qb5+ Nd7 8.Qxb7=] 7...Nf6 [7...e6=/+] 8.Qb5+ c6? [8...Nbd7 9.Qxb7 Rb8 10.Qxa7 e6 11.Bxc7 Ra8 12.Bxd8 Rxa7 13.Bxf6 Nxf6 14.Bb5+ Kd8 15.Nge2=] 9.Qxb7 Nbd7 10.Qxc6 [10.d5!+-] 10...e6 [10...Rc8 11.Qa6=] 11.Nb5 [11.Ba6+/-] 11...Rc8? [11...Nd5!-/+] 12.Nc7+ Ke7 13.Bd6# 1-0

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  1. Thanks Tim for posting my pet variation. I do use the 1.d5 d5 2.Nc3 Bf5 3.e4 move order (rather than the Diemer move order of 1.d4 d5 2.e4). There is a nice miniature trap in the Qb5 variations that I like aiming for if Black gets greedy. This trap is worthy of being included in an anthology of chess traps.

    (Richard Torning)
    AussieKiller (1809) –
    amol52 (1424)

    1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Bf5 3.e4 dxe4 4.g4 Bg6 5.Qe2 (my pet line) Qxd4 6.Qb5+!? Qd7?? 7.Qxb7 Qc6 8.Qc8#


    1. Yes, that's a nice trap similar to the Englund Gambit 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Bf4 Qb4+ 5.Bd2 Qxb2 6.Bc3 Bb4 7.Qd2 Bxc3 8.Qxc3 Qc1 mate

  2. Yes indeed, Tim. My idea actually stemmed from the Williams Gambit trap - which I came across in the late 1980s.
    ECO "A03"
    1. f4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Qe2!? Bf5 5. Qb5+ Bd7 6. Qxb7 Bc6 7. Bb5 Qd7 8.Bxc6 Qxc6 9. Qc8# 1-0
    Richard Torning


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