Saturday, April 28, 2018

Blackmar-Diemer Zeller Mitkov

White avoided a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit with 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Bf5 3.f3 Bg6 4.e4 dxe4 which transposed to a BDG Zeller. Players rated over 2000 rarely choose this from the move order 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.f3 Bg6, but the Zeller move 3...Bf5 is more common for players rated below 1800. In Joshua Sheng vs Nikola Mitkov, Black outplayed his opponent, although White did have some attacking chances.

Sheng (2392) - Mitkov (2461), PRO League Group Stage INT, 03.02.2018 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Bf5 3.f3 Bg6 4.e4 dxe4 [The BDG Zeller move order would be 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.f3 Bg6 reaching the game position.] 5.fxe4 e5
6.dxe5 [More common is 6.Nf3 exd4 7.Qxd4=] 6...Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Nd7 8.Bf4 0-0-0 9.Bd3 Nc5 10.Ke2 Ne6 11.Bg3 Nd4+ 12.Ke1 Bb4 13.Nf3 [13.Kd2 Nb5 14.Nge2 Bxe4 15.a3=] 13...Ne7 14.a3 Bxc3+ 15.bxc3 Ne6 [15...Nb3 16.Rd1 Nc5 17.Rf1 Rhf8 18.Rd2 Nxe4 19.Bxe4 Bxe4 20.Rxd8+ Rxd8 21.Ng5=] 16.Ke2 Rhe8 17.Ke3 a6 18.Nh4 Nc6 19.Rhf1 Rd7 20.Nf5 Bxf5 21.Rxf5 g6 22.Rf6 Ned8 23.Rb1 Nxe5 24.Bxe5 Rxe5 25.Kf4 Rc5 26.Rxa6 [26.c4 Nc6-/+] 26...Ne6+ 0-1

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