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 Post subject: handling the blackmar-diemer gambit
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:19 pm 
As black vs e4, I play the caro. So, when I encounter the BDG ( 1. d4 d5 2. e4) I usually play into the caro. However, it occured to me that this may not be ideal, and maybe I need to take the pawn.

How bad is the BDG, what do people do to handle gambits when they have a choice between transposition into a line they know well vs taking the pawn and maybe getting getting a slight advantage for black, or atleast full equality.

Or is the concensus that white actually has full compensation for the pawn, in which case transposition to lines I understand well is my best choice. It doesn't look to me that white has enough to justify tossing the pawn, but i'm not a terribly strong player.


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 Post subject: Re: handling the blackmar-diemer gambit
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:39 am 
tiocsti wrote:
As black vs e4, I play the caro. So, when I encounter the BDG ( 1. d4 d5 2. e4) I usually play into the caro. However, it occured to me that this may not be ideal, and maybe I need to take the pawn.

How bad is the BDG, what do people do to handle gambits when they have a choice between transposition into a line they know well vs taking the pawn and maybe getting getting a slight advantage for black, or atleast full equality.

Or is the concensus that white actually has full compensation for the pawn, in which case transposition to lines I understand well is my best choice. It doesn't look to me that white has enough to justify tossing the pawn, but i'm not a terribly strong player.


When you play the Caro-Kann you may run into a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit by 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. f3 exf3 5. Nxf3

I think taking the pawn is best. I played a lot of BDGs in correspondence chess and I always took the pawn. I made 100 % wins. (I used to play the Bogoljubow-Defence which is more complicated. But in otb games you should be safer playing the Ziegler-Defence.)

After 5. - Nf6 6. Bc4 Bf5 7. Ne5 e6 8. 0-0 Bg6! (this move is absolutely essential or White may play 9. Nxf7!), you have reached the key position of the Ziegler-Defence.

The resulting position is about equal (I tested it with the help of several strong engines, e. g. Rybka). I think the stronger player will win.

You may learn more about the Ziegler-Defence if you read my posts about the BDG and "How to learn to play an opening".

Enjoy the game! :)


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