Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Ryder Gambit

In his book, Vom Ersten Zug an auf Matt, Diemer concentrated on the variation 5.Qxf3, which he called the Ryder Gambit, or the "classical double-pawn sacrifice." If the BDG is rare in "serious" chess these days, the Ryder Gambit is almost never seen. Here's an exception from a couple of years ago. BDG / Ryder Gambit Ribicic,M (2204) - Solic,K (2135) Open B Djakovo CRO (5), 03.05.2006 [Purser,Tom] 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Bf5 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Qxf3 Arriving at an unusual form of the Ryder Gambit in the BDG. 5...Qc8 6.Bc4 Nf6 [6...e6 7.Nge2 Nf6 8.h3 Bb4 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.g4 Bg6 11.g5 Nh5 12.Ne4 Nb6 13.Bd3 0-0 14.c4 Be7 15.N2g3 Nxg3 16.Qxg3 Bxe4 17.Bxe4 Nxc4 18.Qd3 Nd6 19.Bxh7+ Kh8 20.Bd2 g6 21.Bxg6 fxg6 22.Qxg6 Rxf1+ 23.Rxf1 Nf5 24.Rxf5 exf5 25.Bc3 Bb4 26.Bxb4 Qg8 27.Qxf5 Re8 28.d5 Qh7 29.g6 Black's flag fell 1-0 Mantia,T-Andreas,P/1456 Ohio Congress, Sept 1991/BDG WORLD 56] 7.Bg5 [7.Bf4 c6 8.Nge2 e6 9.0-0 Be7 10.Ng3 Bg6 11.Nce4 Nbd7 12.Nd6+ Bxd6 13.Bxd6 Nb6 14.Bb3 Qd7 15.Be5 0-0-0 16.c4 Ne8 17.Rfd1 f6 18.Bf4 Nc7 19.a4 Rhe8 20.a5 Nba8 21.a6 Nxa6 22.Rxa6 bxa6 23.Ba4 Kb7 24.d5 exd5 25.cxd5 Qe7 26.Bxc6+ Kb6 27.Qb3+ Kc5 28.Rc1+ Kd4 29.Qc4# 1-0 Talbot,R-Pryer,W/0843 England? 1973/BDG WORLD 41] 7...Bg4 8.Qe3 Nbd7 9.h3 Bh5 10.g4 Bg6 11.0-0-0 Nb6 12.Bb3 Qd7 13.d5 0-0-0 14.Nf3 Qe8 Concerned about Ne5, but he doesn't know the half of it. 15.a4 a5 16.Nb5 Nfxd5 17.Bxd5 Rxd5 18.Rxd5 Nxd5 19.Qa7 Qc6?? [Finding the worst possible move. 19...f6 was required.] 20.Qa8+ Kd7 [20...Kd7 21.Ne5+] 1-0