Saturday, March 13, 2010

Short Game, Long Notes

David Gedult had a lot of fun with his notes to his games. This one, played on a train ride between Paris and Grenoble, probably set some sort of wpm (words per move) record.

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Gedult David - Deverriere
1-0 (Paris-Grenoble Train)1973
[#] 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 c5 4.Bf4 Qxd4 5.Nd5 [1-0]

Here I must say that this was my shortest Blackmar-Diemer Gambit — or, in fact, the shortest game I've ever played! The Austrian Freidl, researcher, collector of BDG games, was completely fascinated with this game. For my part, I'm a little less so. In fact, I could box my ears! Also I've called myself all possible names — and for that the German language is especially suited.

Yes, if one just thinks of it, I've played the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit since I960. The answer 4. ... Qxd4 (after 3-... c5 4. Bf4) has been played against me at least a dozen times. Exactly like the worm who sits in the horseradish and believes there's nothing better in the world, I believed that after ...Qxd4 (whether on the third, fourth, or fifth move) that there was nothing better than Queen takes Queen (that our Diemer also believed it is no great consolation for me...) and then Nb5, etc., etc.

But now, I don't know what moved me to play 5. Nd5! — perhaps it was the rattling of the train that induced my gray cells to move faster — this time (it was like a light went on for me). And see: right away (after some consideration) Monsieur Deverriere resigned! (And this demonstrated that Monsieur Deverriere understood something about the game!) It can also be said, after 5. Nd5 Black can play what he wants, a whole, living Rook — the one on a8 — is lost. At any rate, I must express my thanks to Monsieur Deverriere for this 5. Nd5 move — and also to the rattling of the train.