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Emil Joseph Diemer
E J Diemer 
Number of games in database: 208
Years covered: 1933 to 1987

Overall record: +159 -39 =8 (79.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (115) 
 French Defense (7) 
    C00 C11
 French (7) 
    C00 C11
With the Black pieces:
 King's Pawn Game (24) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    D00 A40
 Reti System (9) 
    A04 A06
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
    B00 A00
 Sicilian (4) 
    B34 B24 B32
 Old Benoni (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   NN vs E J Diemer, 1978 0-1
   E J Diemer vs T Heiling, 1984 1-0
   E J Diemer vs Portz, 1948 1-0
   E J Diemer vs Toth, 1948 1-0
   H Krebs vs E J Diemer, 1974 0-1
   E J Diemer vs Schickner, 1950 1-0
   E J Diemer vs Schuppler, 1937 1-0
   E J Diemer vs Burger / Bartsch, 1948 1-0
   E J Diemer vs NN, 1979 1-0
   E J Diemer vs H Halosar, 1934 1-0

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   Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: Ryder Gambit games by vasileios
   The Ultimate BDG by manjudnaik
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   Winning with 1 d4! by alligator
   Gambit scrapbook by Zorts
   Blackmar-Diemer Gambits by Ray from Bristol by RayDelColle

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(born May-15-1908, died Oct-10-1990, 82 years old) Germany

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Emil Joseph Diemer was born in 1908 in the German town Radolfzell, in Baden. In 1931 he was out of work and decided to join the Nazi Party. He eventually became the "chess reporter of the Great German Reich," was present at all important international chess events, and appeared in several Nazi newspapers and magazines. In both 1935-36 and 1936-37 Diemer took first place in the Premier Reserve Tournament at Hastings.

After the war, Diemer wrote for numerous minor magazines and papers, sold chess books, and gave simultaneous displays, but soon found that it was difficult for a middle-tier master to support himself in this way. He won the Baden Cup in 1951 and 1953. In 1952 he was first at the Swiss national tournament in Zurich.

1956 was Diemer's most successful year: he won the Reserve Group at Beverwijk, the Open Championship of the Netherlands in Kampen, and an international tournament at Rapperswil in Switzerland. He also finished second at Thun in the International Swiss Championships, and took the same place at Ghent behind Grandmaster O'Kelly.

Alas, he was unable to repeat these successes. Diemer became less interested in chess, and increasingly obsessed by Nostradamus, the famous 16th century French clairvoyant. He believed that he had cracked the great seer's secret code, and during a period of 25 years he is said to have mailed over 10,000 letters on this subject.

In 1965 Diemer was committed to a psychiatric clinic. The doctors considered that chess was too much of a strain for his nerves, and forbade him to play the game. In six years this order was rescinded, and Diemer, while no longer in form, nonetheless took great enjoyment in his return. In 1976 he won the Senior Master tournament at the Baden Chess Congress.

Diemer played many unorthodox openings, but is most famous for his refinements to an old idea by Armand Edward Blackmar, commonly known as the Blackmar-Diemer gambit, 1. d4 d5 2. e4. It is described in his book, Vom Ersten Zug an auf Matt!

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 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 208  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bogoljubov vs E J Diemer 0-1141933Simultaneous, Baden-BadenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
2. E J Diemer vs H Halosar 1-0101934?D00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Alekhine vs E J Diemer 0-1281934Simultaneous, KarlsruheC12 French, McCutcheon
4. E J Diemer vs Schuppler 1-0261937Villingen (KTp (DD00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. E J Diemer vs Schluppler 1-0521937VillingenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Lange vs E J Diemer 1-0171937WeidenauA84 Dutch
7. G Rogmann vs E J Diemer 1-0621938KrefeldB32 Sicilian
8. E J Diemer vs C Kruijer  1-0431938KrefeldD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. E Eliskases vs E J Diemer  1-0351938KrefeldA06 Reti Opening
10. H Elsas vs E J Diemer 1-0341938KrefeldA43 Old Benoni
11. W Schlage vs E J Diemer ½-½531938KrefeldB01 Scandinavian
12. H Hussong vs E J Diemer  0-1311938KrefeldD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
13. E J Diemer vs NN 1-0321938Baden-BadenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. R Kassel vs E J Diemer  1-0271941FrankenthalC05 French, Tarrasch
15. K Junge vs E J Diemer tournament oC34 King's Gambit Accepted
16. K Junge vs E J Diemer 1-0261942corrC34 King's Gambit Accepted
17. E J Diemer vs F Lamb 0-181947corrD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Poehlmann vs E J Diemer 0-1231947corrC40 King's Knight Opening
19. E J Diemer vs Portz 1-0131948LindauD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Elbert vs E J Diemer 0-1231948GermanyC40 King's Knight Opening
21. E J Diemer vs K Locher 1-0191948Lindau mD00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. E J Diemer vs Toth 1-0111948Lindau City CZED00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. E J Diemer vs Portz 1-0201948LindauD00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. E J Diemer vs K Locher 1-0141948Lindau mD00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. E J Diemer vs K Locher 1-0161948LindauD00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 208  PGN Download
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Sep-29-11  abstract: but u know one may get fascinated by his 80% winning percentage.. this feeling fades away as soon as u c it was mostly against patzers
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  OhioChessFan: That feeling doesn't fade away for me.
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  Garech: Winning percentage with the white pieces:


Even Morphy would be jealous; kudos to the great gambit inventor!


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  lost in space: Played him onces when he was nearly blind in the late 80ties.

A person with a very special (supporting) role in Germany during the Nazi-Terror Regime. Don't like him.

May-15-12  LoveThatJoker: Emil Joseph Diemer, today you are remembered for your love of Chess!


May-15-12  JonathanJ: Can you please stop making this Nazi player of the day?
Jun-01-12  zaxcvd: Emil Joseph Diemer -- Great player that I would like to emulate!
Nov-06-13  Karpova: J Diemer played 15-board Simul in the Chess Club "1920 Altona" in Altona (borough of Hamburg) scoring +11 -1 =3 after 2 1/2 hours.

From page 272 of the September 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  whiteshark: <Karpova> fyi, back in the 1920ties <Altona> was still* part of the Prussian province 'Schleswig-Holstein', and as an urban district it was also the biggest city therein.

*until 1937

Dec-21-13  waustad: Somebody actually played the BDG against me in the bar the other night. He was drinking a martini in a shot and beer sort of place too. I wasn't willing to go for the sharpest lines and beat him in the Rook and Pawn endgame. Usually bar games don't get that far.
Dec-21-13  waustad: By the way, the Chessbase app gives a correspondence game where Diemer beat Keres, though I suspect it was some sort of forfeit since Keres was at least equal in the final position according to the comp.
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  offramp: I have a feeling that Nostradamus's Quatrain LXVI may have something to do with Diemer.

It goes like this:

<Les deux mers unis, Negre et Dies.

L'homme riche il dévoile en avant.
Lacus Venetus, scaccus et ries,
Le Roi joue au Trabant.>

Feb-11-14  RedShield: Act normal, will you?
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  whiteshark: <Karpova> Thinking about the <"1920 Altona" in Altona> simul, Emil Joseph was only 16 years back then. I'd guess it was Julius Dimer who mainly played around Hamburg /in Northern Germany
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  offramp: <RedShield: Act normal, will you?> I AM acting normally!
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  whiteshark: <I AM acting normally!> We hereby confirm the content of your post. ;)
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  offramp: That Quatrain again, line by line.

<Les deux mers unis, Negre et Dies.>

"The two seas united, Black and Dead."

Another way of saying the former is <Black-Mar>; the latter Dies-Mer or <Diemer>.

<L'homme riche il dévoile en avant.>

"The rich man unfolds in front"

The rich man is the e-pawn, from the Tinker, Tailor nursery rhyme. The defining move of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is <2.e2-e4>.

<Lacus Venetus, scaccus et ries,>

Lacus Venetus: Lake Constance. On the shores of this lake is <Radolfzell>, where Diemer was born. Scaccus et ries means "plays and laughs".

<Le Roi joue au Trabant.>

The King plays in Brabant. I am sure that the last word is Brabant. Beverwijk is in the Brabant.

Feb-13-14  Stonehenge: Beverwijk is not in the province of (North) Brabant.
Feb-13-14  thomastonk: <Lacus Venetus: Lake Constance.> Lacus Venetus denotes only a part of Lake Constance, the so-called "Obersee" (upper lake).

I also doubt that the translation of <Scaccus> is correct.

Apr-26-14  Rookiepawn: A nazi scum first, and a wacky prophet later, certainly not the best of mankind.

I like some of his games though. Not brilliant imho, but with that "caffe-chess" flavor that makes them fancy.

Let's say Tal is Bruce Lee, then Diemer is some good alley gang fighter. Can't compare.

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  whiteshark: Exclamation marks! don't! make! always! sense!
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  perfidious: <whiteshark> Why? not?
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  whiteshark: Because!

(An homage to Diemer's well-balanced annotations)

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  juan31: The ideas in the field of chess of Master Diemer are uniques, maybe he was political incorrect but this site is., i want to see many of his critiics play the half of the briilance of Diemer.
Jan-04-15  GoldenBird: Eww Blackmar Diemer gambit, after 1.d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 exf3 5. Nxf3, black has so many options to equalize, including c6 the O'kelly defense, Bg4, the Teichmann variation, and e6, the Euwe variation
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