Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Letter from Diemer

When E. J. Diemer was in his prime during the second half of the 1950s he gave many simultaneous exhibitions. In his second book (Band 4 in the Schmaus BDG series) Alfred Freidl mentions several of Diemer's successful exhibitions during this time. For example, during November and December of 1957 Diemer scored +89, =7, -7 in a series of exhibitions in East Germany. Several years ago a friend--I believe it was Anders Tejler--gave me a copy of a letter which Diemer wrote from Genht, Belgium, on May 28, 1958. Diemer noted that in the past eight days he had played four exhibitions, with a score of +61, =4, -3. He included the following reizende (attractive) game from one of his exhibitions (the note and exclamation points are Diemer's): BDG, Teichmann Defense E. J. Diemer --- Anonymous Belgium, 1958 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5! e6 (We arrive at the almost identical position after 5...Bf5 6.Ne5! e6 7.g4 Bg6 8.Bg2 c6 9.h4) 9.Bg2 c6 10.h4 h6 11.Nxg6 fxg6 12.Qd3 Qd6! 13.Qxg6+! Ke7 14.Rh3!! Qxd4 15.Be3! Qxg4 16.Bc5+ Kd8 17.Rd1+ Nbd7 18.Rxd7+!! Kxd7 19.Qf7+ Kc8 20.Nb5!! etc. 1-0.