These days it's rare to hear from my old friend Peter Atzerpay, the well-known private investigator and strong amateur chessplayer. Pete's pretty much retired from active investigations since his glory days on the trail in Little Rock, and from active tournament play as well.
The last I heard from him he was hustling five dollar games at knight odds in a little coffee shop in a dead-end alley off Jackson Square. I reminded him of that when he surprised me with a phone call the other day.
"Long time ago," he said. "B. K."
"Before Katrina," he said. "But it was getting harder to get a game even before that. Anyway, these days I just pick up a game now and then down at the shelter."
Before I could respond to that he said, "Get a board. I want to give you a new Blackmar-Diemer."
It goes easier when I don't argue with Pete. I got a board.
"Okay," he said. "Here we go. 1. d4, e5 ..."
"Wait a minute," I said. "I thought it was a BDG?"
"Reversed," Pete said. "I'm playing black. It's a BDG reversed."
"Okay," I said. "In other words, a Soller Gambit?"
"Whatever," Pete said. "Here's the game."
|Anonymous - Atzerpay, Peter|
|0-1 (unrated blitz match) 4/16/2010|