Welcome to my Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (ECO D00) game with William R. Killion!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the White side of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

The game includes analysis and diagrams.  This game is a good example of how not to play this gambit as White! This makes the third loss I have found for me playing this opening! In this game Black attempted to play the Scandinavian defense (Center Counter Gambit) and I transposed into the Blackmar gambit from there.

Correspondence Chess Game
Section: 96RT25
Dates Played: 28 October 1996 to 23 July 1997
Mike Serovey(1839) Black: William R. Killion (1653)

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1. e4 d5 2. d4 dxe4

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 2... dxe4.

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 2… dxe4.

The correct move here is 3. Nc3. The early f3 ended up causing problems for me because Black surprised me with his moves.

3. f3 e5 4. Be3 exd4 5. Qxd4 Qxd4

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 5... Qxd4.

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 5… Qxd4.

Trading queens here may have been a bad idea because I am down a pawn and may need that Queen for an attack later. The idea behind a gambit is to give up material early in the game in order to gain a led in development or the initiative. That didn’t happen in this game.

6. Bxd4 Nc6 7. Bb5 Bd7

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 7... Bd7.

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 7… Bd7.

Taking the Knight on c6 may have been another mistake because it puts Black’s Bishop on a really strong diagonal.

8. Bxc6? Bxc6 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. O-O-O O-O-O 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. fxe4 f6

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 12... f6.

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 12… f6.

Black is in no hurry to grab the White pawn at e4 because White can’t defend it right away.

13. Nf3 Bxe4 14. Rhe1 Bxf3 15. gxf3 Bd6

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 15... Bd6.

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 15… Bd6.

White is now down a pawn with no compensation for it. His pawn structure on the Kingside is shattered with 2 isolated pawns there. I think that White’s best strategy here is to play h3 instead of h4 and keep his pawns on light squares in order to keep them safe from Black’s Bishop and out of the way of his own Bishop.

16. h4 Rhe8 17. c3 c5

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 17... c5.

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 17… c5.

I think that White’s best move here is 18. Bf2 keeping the Black Bishop off g3.

18. Rxe8 Rxe8 19. Bg1 Bf4+ 20. Kc2 b6 21. a4 Bg3 22. h5 Re5

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 22... Re5.

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 22… Re5.

White can’t save his h pawn so he decided to double Black’s pawns on the h file.

23. h6 gxh6 24. b4 h5 25. Kb3 Re1! 0-1

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 25... Re1! (Final position).

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit after 25… Re1! (Final position).

Black has forced the exchange of the rooks. After that White will be down 2 pawns with no compensation and will have no way to keep the h pawn off h2. Once White sacrifices his Bishop for the fist pawn to arrive on h2 he will be unable to prevent the other h pawn from queening.

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