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Emil Joseph Diemer vs Spohn
"There is No Spohn" (game of the day Sep-06-2007)
corr (1970)
Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: Bogoljubow Variation. Studier Attack (D00)  ·  1-0


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  Themofro: Nice pun!
Sep-06-07  aleister23: yeaaaaah
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  CapablancaFan: Yet another example of somebody sacrificing an early pawn in exchange for rapid development. Actually the first half of the game, black was playing pretty reasonable moves. Black had actually a neat little combo going beginning with 9...Ng4. Problem was his failure to "see it all the way through" after which if he did, he would have known the folly to come if he tried it. After 15.Nd5! it becomes difficult to find an adequate defence for black. I personally would have tried 15...Bxg5 16. Nxg5 h5 (The only move that stops immediate mate) But then I saw 17. g4 breaking up the kingside pawns mashes that little scheme. Sidenote: Notice even in my continuation (that dosen't work) the e7 pawn remains completely immobile due to Nf6+ fork threats! Good game by white.
Sep-06-07  Judah: Diemer only played one way: all-out attack. But he was good at it.
Sep-06-07  BalaKKa: it's not queens pawn game, it is the blackmar-diemer gambit
Sep-06-07  Rad Jacket: I like 13.Rad1. It kind of gives the black knight a double fork but forces it to take the other rook & give white a better position. I would like to be able to see moves that! It also spells my name ;)
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  C3r3brum: <Yet another example of somebody sacrificing an early pawn in exchange for rapid development.>

This isen't just "somebody" it's the crazed and somewhat brilliant Emil Joseph Diemer, who developed the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit aka. BDG (1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 ...), as an "improvement" on the Blackmar Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.f3 ...).

Against strong opposition this is a somewhat unsound gambit since it often forces white to play very aggressively and with a tactical style, because you can't allow the game to end in an unfavorable endgame being a pawn down. Although in the lower levels, in classical chess, it's often an stunnning weapon. And in blitz it's very effective.

Sep-06-07  D4n: Nice mate tactic.
Sep-06-07  a30seclegend: <CapablancaFan> 15...Bxg5?? 16.Nxg5 h5 then 17.Nxc7 pretty much does it.
Sep-06-07  a30seclegend: The line would have to go 15...Be6 16.Nxc7 Qc8 17.Nxa8 Bxc4 which is still kind of shaky for black after trading the bishops and picking up the pawn but much better than the latter
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  Sneaky: Diemer is one of my favorite players of all time. No, he never was on a top-10 list ... probably never on a top 100 list ... but when it comes to appreciating sheer genius and original thinking, he was tops in my book.
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  Chessmensch: <Sneaky> Everyone should read Diemer's bio on this Web Site. Very interesting in many ways.
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  kevin86: I,too liked Rad1-not often does a player move INTO a fork-of course,the knight is immune due to black's pin of bishop against queen.

The ending is nice-If black stops mate by 17...exf6 18 ♘xf6+ (the fork is totally incidental here-the target is the king)♔h8 19 ♕xh7#.

So much for the power of the fork.

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  tatarch: Kind of game I wish I had played as white-- ballsy and entertaining
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  Crowaholic: What I'm wondering is: Did Black miss 17. Qh6! exf6 18. Nxf6+ Kh8 19. Qxh7# or did he think it's all over anyway when playing 16. ..Nxf3 ?

Possibly the latter because 16. ..exf6 17. Nxf6+ Kg7 18. Nxe8+ Rxe8 19. Nxe5 Rxe5 20. Qd4 f6 21. Qd8! only prolongs the suffering.

Sep-06-07  soberknight: Cute miniature game. As a curiosity, White and Black both move their queen Q-K1 for the queen's first move: I have never seen this before.
Sep-06-07  Morphyisgod: o snap is that a starcraft related pun?
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  Themofro: <Morphyisgod: o snap is that a starcraft related pun?>

It's a "Matrix" pun!

Sep-06-07  mworld: <soberknight: Cute miniature game. As a curiosity, White and Black both move their queen Q-K1 for the queen's first move: I have never seen this before.>

The only reason you saw this phenomenon here is because the gambit allowed for white to have a half open F file allowing for the castled rook immediate development; however, the E file was also half open and would normally be where the rook would have gone to, but as said the rook had a good spot, so the Queen took this job.

For black the move was simply in response to a threat on the Queen with nowhere else to go.

Sep-06-07  realbrob: Too bad... I always wonder how can one possibly lose in this way in a correspondence game! I mean, in an OTB game you can become nervous and mess up, it happens to everyone... But in a CC game you're supposed to be sitting at home with a day or two to think of the next move!
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  Rodrigo Gutierrez: <Themofro: It's a "Matrix" pun!> I'm glad someone else got it too! (I was starting to feel like the only geek around that has seen "Matrix" twelve-plus times).
Sep-06-07  Judah: <Rodrigo>, I got the pun--but only after Googling "there is no spoon".
Sep-07-07  Spohn: Wow someone with my last name who can play chess! Too bad they lost... lol
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