Monday, September 29, 2008

The Beginning of His Best Year (Part 3)

Continuing an account of Diemer's success at the 1956 Premier Reserve Master Tourney at the Beverwijk Open... In round three Diemer won again, over one Dr. Bergsma of Rotterdam, in an opening Diemer called a Sicilian Counterattack: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.c3 Nf5 5.Qe2 Qc7 6.0-0 Ng4 7.h3 h5, 0-1 in 62 moves. Another chance with White in round four brought no BDG; Diemer won in 40 moves against a King's Indian by a player from Amsterdam named Frank. The streak ended in round five when another of his Sicilian Counterattacks lost in 34 moves to Ditt of Bremen in a game Diemer termed an "echtes Kunstwerk," a genuine work of art. Then in round six, against a master from Portugal (who later became an international master) came the following game. E. J. Diemer - J. Durao Beverwijk, 1956, Round 6 Hübsch Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bf4
5...Nd7 6.f3 exf3 7.Nxf3 Nf6 8.Bc4
(to provoke Black's next)
8...e6 9.0-0 Be7 10.Qe1 0-0 11.Bd3 Nd5 12.Be5 Bf6 13.c4 Bxe5 14.dxe5 Nf4 15.Bc2 Qe7 16.Qe3 Ng6 17.Ng5 h6 18.Nxf7 Rxf7 19.Bxg6 Rxf1+ 20.Rxf1 Bd7 21.Rf7 Qd8 22.Qf3 1-0
Black saw no way to stop mate, e. g., 22...Bc6 23.Rxg7+
In round seven Diemer lost a 43-move Sicilian Defense to Crabbendam, a young master from Amsterdam.
There was a young master named Crabbendam, Who came down from the city of Amsterdam, In chess quite a schemer, He mastered Master Diemer, And said,"What a damn fine player I am!"
So after seven rounds, with two left to play, Diemer stood in great shape with five wins and two losses. His eighth-round game was to produce fireworks. (To be continued)