Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A New BDG from the Catalan Championships

I like an optimistic approach to chess. In fact I noticed that GM Nakamura, discussing his play in winning the US Championship a few days ago, attributed his success in part to overcoming the fear of losing. Still, when an untitled player takes on a GM with the Blackmar-Diemer, some might say that’s a bit too optimistic.

Farran Martos,F (2238) – GM Magem Badals,J (2531)
ch-Catalunya Lleida ESP (1.1), 16.05.2009
BDG Declined, Vienna Defense

1.e4 d5 2.d4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 Bf5 5.g4 Bg6


6.h4 [6.g5 Nd5 7.Nxe4 e6 8.h4 h5 9.c3 Nc6 10.Bb5 Qd7 11.Ne2 0-0-0 12.c4 Bb4+ 13.Kf2 Nb6 14.c5 Na8 15.a3 Bxc5 16.Nxc5 Qd6 17.Bf4 Qe7 18.Bxc6 bxc6 19.Qa4 1-0 Gedult,D-Jean, Paris, Caissa 1965] 6...h5 7.g5 Nd5 8.Nxe4 e6 9.c4


9...Ne7 [9...Nb6 10.Nh3 Nc6 11.Be3 Qd7 12.Nf4 Bxe4 13.fxe4 0-0-0 14.c5 Nxd4 15.cxb6 axb6 16.Kf2 Qc6 17.Bd3 Bc5 18.Rc1 Qd6 19.Qa4 Kb8 20.a3 Nb3 21.Kf3 Bxe3 22.Kxe3 Nxc1 23.Rxc1 Qe5 24.Qc2 Rd4 25.Ne2 Rd7 26.Qc3 Qh2 27.Qe1 Rhd8 28.Rc3 Qe5 29.Qg3 Qxc3 30.Nxc3 Rxd3+ 31.Kf2 Rxg3 32.Kxg3 e5 33.Nd5 Rxd5 34.exd5 f5 0-1 Burger-GM W. Unzicker, Munich simultaneous 1964] 10.Qb3 Nbc6 11.Ne2 Nf5 12.Be3 Nfxd4 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Qxd4 15.Qxb7 Bxe4 16.fxe4 Rd8 17.Qc6+ Rd7 18.Qa8+ Ke7 19.Rh2 g6 20.Qb7 Bg7 21.Re2 Be5 22.Qb3 Rb8 23.Qa3+ Ke8 24.Rc1 Bf4 25.Rcc2 Qd1+ 26.Kf2 Be5 27.Kg2 Rd3 28.Qa4+ Kf8 29.Qa5 Rg3+ 30.Kf2 Qd4+ 31.Ke1 Rf3 32.Rg2 Rd8 33.Qd2 Qxe4+ 0-1


The Catalan Championships, a knockout event with sixteen players, took place 16th-23rd May 2009. The winner of this game, Jordi Magem Badals, finished second, losing to Josep Lopez Martinez in the final.

Play through this game and download a PGN file here.