Friday, January 26, 2018

Alapin-Diemer Gambit in French

The bold French Defence Alapin-Diemer Gambit 3.Be3 is a rare opening that resembles the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. It scores higher against humans because of the surprise factor. While I prefer 3.Nc3 or 3.Nd2, I've played 3.Be3 over 400 times. The gambit wins more than it should. Reimund Schott defeated Manfred Lachnit in a game from Germany. One wasted tempo is all White needs for great chances. Five of Black's first ten moves were with knights. My French 3.Be3 Playbook is a guide to the Alapin Diemer Gambit.

Schott (1965) - Lachnit (1775), 9th Rheinland-Pfalz Open 2017 Lambsheim GER (4.34), 16.06.2017 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Be3 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Nf6 6.Bc4 Nd5 [6...Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nbd2 Nc6 9.Bg5=] 7.Qe2 Nxe3 8.Qxe3 Be7 9.Nbd2 Nc6 10.0-0-0 [10.c3=] 10...Na5 11.Bd3 b6 12.h4 h5 13.Ng5 Bxg5 [13...Bb7 14.Ndf3 Bxf3 15.Nxf3=] 14.hxg5 g6 [14...Qe7 15.g6+/=] 15.Ne4 0-0 [15...Qe7 16.Nf6+ Kd8 17.Rhe1+-]
16.Nf6+ Kg7 17.Qe5 [Another way to win is 17.Nxh5+-] 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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