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Emil Diemer vs Toth
"Tothache" (game of the day Dec-11-2014)
Lindau City CZE (1948)
Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: Ryder Gambit (D00)  ·  1-0



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  doubledrooks: 10. Qxb8+ and mates next move:

a. 10..Bc8 11. Qxc8#

b. 10...Nxb8 11. Nxc7#

Nov-28-11  abuzic: <5.Qxf3>

5.Nxf3 a natural developing move is better in this position.

This allowed white to grasp the initiative with 7.0-0-0! Black had better moves like 6...Qh4+, 6...Qd7, 6...Qg4 keeping the initiative.

A trap is set by white <sevenseaman: The trap starts with 8. Nb5 when it threatens mate from c7>, black cannot take 8...Bxf3?? 9.Nc7#.

I think this is a natural and only positive defence to 8.Nb5 and the Nc7 threat in this position.

White's trap is still valid... and in fact <9.Qxb7> is the only move that white can play here otherwise he loses, for example:

9.Rd4? Qe1+
10.Rd1 <10.Qd1 Bxd1> 10...Qxd1+ 11.Qxd1 <11.Kxd1 Bxf3+ 12.Nxf3 e6> 11...Bxd1 12.Kxd1 Ng4

or 8...Na6
9.Bd2? Bxf3
10.Bxb4 Bxd1

And black fell into the trap
10.Qxb8+ Nxb8 <10...Bc8 11.Qxc8#> 11...Nxc7#.

9...Qe4 <Nullifidian:> was the only positive defence here:

9.Qxb7 Qe4
10.Qxe4 <10.Qxa6 Qxe3+> 10...Nxe4, and black is OK.

Nov-28-11  Yodaman: <I got it alright, but cannot explain why it took me more than a minute.

Just kept staring at it gawkily, perhaps hallucinating about the possibilities in yesterday's POTD.> Ditto.

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  chrisowen: 9...Rb8s the fish it too banal qe4 dull.
Nov-28-11 oops.
I tried 10.Nxc7 Nxc7 11.Qxb8.
I overlooked that, after the White Knight moved, the Black queen is now covering b8. Ouch!
Nov-28-11  stst: 10.QxR+
IF (A)...NxQ, 11.Nc7#
IF (B)...Bc8, 11.QxB#
The Bk King is smothered in all cases.
Nov-28-11  stst: <If you like pushing pieces around and dreaming up combinations, try <10.Qxa6>>

No dream, the N is the killer. This dream will evaporate once the N is killed.

Nov-14-14  ColeTrane: toth zi kaivo
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  Phony Benoni: I do get tired of Diemer's games because they're all the same. He plays a questionable gambit. His opponent plays an even more questionable defense. Explosive sacrifices and a cute mate follow, whereupon the GOTD punsters start working overtime.

But sugar plums fit the season.

Dec-11-14  drleper: <Phony Benoni: I do get tired of Diemer's games because they're all the same. He plays a questionable gambit. His opponent plays an even more questionable defense. Explosive sacrifices and a cute mate follow, whereupon the GOTD punsters start working overtime.>

This one certainly breaks the usual Diemer mould: E J Diemer vs T Heiling, 1984

Dec-11-14  RookFile: Diemer had a 79.6% percentage in this database. Not bad.
Dec-11-14  morfishine: An excellent example of how not to play chess
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  Once: I feel sorry for the Toths of this world.

First there is the ignominy of being born with only one name, which doubtless caused much mirth at school registrations.

Becoming GOTD pun fodder.

Having Star Wars steal part of your name for an ice world.

Then there is the shame of being slaughtered in an off-hand manner in some dodgy opening. You would just know that your illustrious opponent was playing bad moves somewhere along the line. You just wouldn't know which ones ... or how to exploit them.

Black doesn't play too badly in this game. Apart from 7...Bg4 and 9...Rb8, his moves don't look silly. Fritzie agrees with most of them.

I suppose the bottom line is this ... the defender only needs to make one or two mistake to be put to the sword. An attacker can afford to make more mistakes, as long as he finds the killer blow eventually.

There is another reason for feeling a bit of Toth sympathy in this season of good cheer. If I were sat opposite a player like Diemer, I have a sneaking feeling that I would be ripped apart too.

Dec-11-14  pedro99: Too Old To Hiphop
Dec-11-14  waustad: It might be tough finding out who Toth was, since it is such a common Hungarian name. There are 5 pages of them on the FIDE rating list.
Dec-11-14  kevin86: Funny, the rook is not the problem: the knight must be diverted!

Toth gets pulled!

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  Domdaniel: According to <365chess>, Diemer played a match with Klaus Locher in Lindau, 1948 -- playing White in every recorded game and winning 7-0.

Could this Toth be Locher? Or was a tournament held in addition to this odd match?

Note that the CG database also has a second Diemer-Toth game from Lindau '48 - with a similar opening in which Toth survives for 17 moves.

And isn't Lindau in Germany, not (as here) CZE ...?

Questions, questions...

Dec-11-14  siegbert: Ive got schillers book on the bdg. its full of diemers victories. you get a bit of a shock when you actually play the bdg and often find yourself a pawn down with no prospects.
Dec-11-14  waustad: Somebody played it against me in the bar and I declined, not wanting to step into somebody's prepared attack. I talked to him about it later and realized I know it a lot better than he does.
Dec-11-14  newhampshireboy: I am puzzled by this as I saw this mate coming from a mile away and I am only a rank amateur! You would think a player in a tournament of this level would know more than I do!
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  Domdaniel: <newhampshireboy> That can happen. Occasionally you can see exactly what your opponent is doing, and you still can't find a good way of preventing it.

Case in point: I lost a game recently, as Black against the King's Indian Attack. It's an opening I regularly play as White, and I could see what my opponent was planning ... and yet I failed to counteract his ideas.

Sometimes, by the time when you look for a defence, it's already too late.

Jan-04-15  GoldenBird: Ugh, Ryder Gambit, how disgusting. After 1.d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 exf3 5. Qxf3 c6 and black has a good game, white will have to also be worried about a possible threat of Bg4, gaining tempos on the queen
Nov-29-15  celtrusco: How is it possible? I am Toth!
Dead after only 11
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  Penguincw: That mate closely resembles a "Knight Corner Mate", per Game Collection: Checkmate: Checkmate Patterns.

Of course, black isn't being mated in a corner.

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  FSR: More tenacious is 8...Qe4 9.Qxa6! and amazingly White is winning, e.g. 9...Bxd1 10.Kxd1! Rd8+ (10...Qxe3 11.Qc6+) 11.Bd2 or 9...Qxe3+ 10.Kb1! Bxd1 11.Qc6+ Kd8 12.Qxc7+ Ke8 13.Nd6+! Best was 6...Qg4! 7.Qf2 e5! and now 8.Be2 Qf5 or 8.Nf3 Bb4! 9.Nxe5 Qe4!-+
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