Friday, February 18, 2011

BDG Books: an Update

I received a note from Guido De Bouver today, informing me that had shipped his copy of the long-awaited BDG book by Christoph Scheerer, The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: A Modern Guide to a Fascinating Chess Opening. So, it seems the footsteps that we hear down the hall are real.

The page at shows the book is indeed available, and provides the capability to "click to look inside." As of now, the US Amazon page (which also provides the "look inside" capability) only has the message "Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available."

Guido asked me to announce:
I am working on the second volume of my book, including the euwe and bogoljubow defense. But time is a problem right now.  What I am looking for is some help, someone who could help me with this effort of detailed analysis of the various lines.
You can contact Guido here: AT

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bad Day at the Rock

Here's a pleasant little knockout of the Euwe Defense from the Gibraltar Masters. Black wastes time with pawn-snatching by his queen and bishop, and then fails to guard f7 sufficiently. I'm fond of this Rxf7 sac when Black is locked in by a wall of his own pieces--a rook on e8, bishop on e7, and pawn on e6, having played it myself in many skittles and blitz games.

The PGN for this game is here. And what's a cockle?