John Crompton won a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit that shows the danger of hiding from the BDG in a French Defense. White chose the Steinitz Variation after 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5. Then Black boldly jumped to 4...Ne4. This is an easy line for Black to reach, so maybe he knew it in advance. If so, then Black would be familiar with the normal continuation 5.Nxe4 dxe4 with either 6.Be3 or 6.Bc4. Then 6.f3 must have been a surprise.
My guess is that Black rarely plays the French. He got there because he was afraid to accept the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Why do I think that? Because 40 years ago, that was my fear as Black. Because I didn't know the French Defence, back then I got in trouble anyway. Later I fell in love with the BDG. I almost always accept the gambit.
My French 3.Be3 Playbook is a step by step guide to the Alapin Diemer Gambit.
JECmate (1609) - benztoyzII (1581), Live Chess Chess.com, 01.06.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Ne4 [4...Nfd7] 5.Nxe4 [5.Nce2 Nc6? 6.f3 Ng5 7.h4+-] 5...dxe4 6.f3!? [6.Be3 c5 7.dxc5 Nd7 8.Qg4 Nxc5 9.Bb5+ Nd7 10.Ne2 Qa5+ 11.Nc3 a6 12.Bxd7+ Bxd7 13.Bd4 Bc6 14.0-0-0=; 6.Bc4 a6 7.a4 b6 8.Ne2 Bb7 9.Nf4 Nc6 10.Be3+/=] 6...exf3 [6...c5 7.Be3 Qb6 8.fxe4 Qxb2 9.Nf3 cxd4 10.Bxd4 Bb4+ 11.Kf2=] 7.Nxf3 Be7 [7...c5] 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0 Nd7 10.Qe1 c5 [10...f5 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.Qh4+-] 11.c3 cxd4 12.cxd4 f6 13.exf6 Nxf6 14.Bg5 [14.Qh4+/-] 14...a6 [14...Bd7 15.Qh4 h6 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Qe4 Bc6 18.Qh7+ Kf7 19.Ne5+ Ke8 20.Kh1+/-] 15.Qh4 b5 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Qxh7+ Kf7 18.Ne5+ Ke8 19.Qg6+ Ke7 20.Nc6+ John Crompton 1-0
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