To French or not to French. White must choose. Black invites a French Defence after 1.d4 e6 with 2.e4. Blackmar-Diemer Gambit players face this issue. Queens Gambit players will attack the fifth rank with the c-pawn. Since Black here is a Dutch Defence player, he would probably answer a move like 2.c4 with 2...f5. Chess players who are comfortable with either 1.e4 and 1.d4 will play 1.d4 e6 2.e4.
Ray Haines won a French Defence Tarrasch Variation against Lance Beloungie in the second round of a tournament played in Maine. Black got his pieces tangled up. White attacked and picked off two knights. Black resigned since he could only regain one piece.
New today is Blackmar-Diemer Playbook 7. Also, my French 3.Be3 Playbook covers the Alapin-Diemer Gambit.
Haines - Beloungie, Houlton, ME (2), 03.06.2017 begins 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Bd3 [4.e5] 4...c5 5.exd5 Nxd5 [5...Qxd5! 6.Ngf3 cxd4=] 6.Ngf3 Nc6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Ne4 Bb6 [8...Be7 9.0-0 f5!?=] 9.0-0 Bd7? [9...f5!?] 10.a3 [10.c4 Nf6 11.Nd6+ Kf8 12.b3+-] 10...Qc7? [10...Bc7 11.c4 Nf6 12.Bg5 Ne5 13.Re1 Bc6 14.Nxf6+ gxf6 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.Rxe5 fxg5 17.Qe2+/=] 11.c4! Nde7 [11...f5 12.cxd5 fxe4 13.Bxe4 exd5 14.Bxd5 0-0-0 15.Bg5+-] 12.c5 Bxc5 13.Nxc5 Ne5? [13...Rd8 14.Qc2+-] 14.Nxe5 1-0
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