Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gambits and Pieces

In the Vienna Defense to the BDG, after 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 Bf5 5.fxe4 Nxe4 6.Qf3 Nxc3 7.bxc3, Black has a number of possibilities, with 7…Qc8, holding both b7 and the Bishop at f5, being most often played. However,  Bc8?! is played now and then: 


Jyrki Heikkinen in his blog, Gambits and Pieces, writes about one such game which he played.

“White's obvious target is the f7 square. Without knowing the theory recommendation 8.Bc4 e6 9.Nh3, I … played a prophylactic move.”

What was this move? See the game at Gambits and Pieces: My shortest checkmate in BDG. And while you’re there, have a look around Jyrki’s blog. There’s more there than the BDG. It’s “the world of crazy gambits: Diemer–Duhm, Blackmar–Diemer, Staunton, Fajarowicz and more.”