This morning I got up too late to watch GM Nakamura win the 2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament. It's probably just as well since his final game was a 22-move draw with Wang Hao. But last week I watched some exciting, fighting chess from Nakamura (on Chessbomb, a great place to watch). Winning this venerable tournament was a significant accomplishment, as Nakamura finished ahead of Anand, Carlsen, Kramnik, and Aronian, among others.
I've long been attracted to this tournament, played on the coast at Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, since 1968, and before that, since 1938, just inland at Beverwijk. Diemer played there, in the lower levels, several times, and in 1956, he won his section--without playing a single Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. For an account of Diemer's adventure there that year, see these previous posts.
I enjoy playing chess, and specifically, the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, the BDG, which many insist is not chess at all. Maybe so--I'm too old to argue.
But I enjoyed playing the BDG so much that I bought the company. Well, no, but I did publish a little magazine about it, called BDG World, for fifteen years. That was a long time ago. So I thought I'd revisit a few of those pages here, plus add a little new content about the BDG, its storied advocate, E. J. Diemer, and whatever else strikes my fancy. Thanks for reading.