Friday, June 12, 2015

An interesting novelty

Today I faced an interesting novelty, something I never encountered before in my 15-year Blackmar_Diemer experience ( ok, maybe I forgot a few less memorable games, but it wont be a many ). In any case, black tried to exchange a few pieces but quickly lost the way in the labyrith of moves.

1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 Ng4 (diagram)

This is the novelty, black tries to exchange a few pieces as to use his pawn majority in the endgame.

My silicon assistant indicate sthat both 9.Bxe7 and 9.Qd2 might be slightly better, but 9Ne4 is good enough.

9...Bxg5 10.Nfxg5
I gave this a 30 minutes thought, but I could not find a good move after 10.Nexg5 h6. I was hoping somehow that black would try 10...Ne3 ??, but I guess the white refutation 11.Qh5 was too obvious.

10...Qxd4+ (diagram)
And now I played a great move... can you find it ?

Creating three different threats :
> the attack of h7
> the knight on g4
> the queen is undefended after Bxh7+
My opponent noticed the chances were turning and hoose the only reasonable defense

11...f5 12.Bxf5 Qxd1 13.Bxh7+ Kh8 (diagram)

Here I choose 14.Raxd1, resulting in an equal game, but 14.Nxd1 would have been better after 14...Rxf1 15.Kxf1 Nxh2+ 16.Ke2 Ng4 17.Ne3 (diagram) with nasty threats along the h file.

Black has no other option than 17...Nf6 18.Bg6 and white is leading the dance, despite being a pawn down.


  1. Nice! Great reading...I'm addicted to this opening lately.

  2. Nice! Great reading...I'm addicted to this opening lately.

  3. I just started to play chess a bit active again after 20 years. In those days I played BDG standard if given the chance. It was the time Internet was hardly a source for knowledge. It was hard for black to prepare against BDG.

    Nowadays it's much easier, people just look what they should play without understanding the openings.

    But that's a different topic, I started playing again (around 1900 currently ) and got in to a game with 8 h6 and 9 Ng4

    Problem is that with 8...h6 and 9.Be3 9...ng4 does give the extra opportunity to exchange on e3

    It also make nc6 easier.

    I was a little bit surprised not to see this move here, do I miss something? No Be3? bh4?