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Diemer's first Blackmar Gambit

... marginalia by Tom Purser

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In Vom Ersten Zug an auf Matt!, Diemer relates that he first saw a Blackmar Gambit in late 1932, and that shortly thereafter, in a game with his friend Dr. Borel, of Baden-Baden, he played his first Blackmar Gambit. Here is that game, the Uraufführung, or first performance, as Diemer called it, Game No. 1 in his book:

Diemer, E.J. - Dr. Borel
Baden-Baden, 1932


1.e4 d5 2.d4 dxe4 3.f3 exf3 4.Sxf3 Lg4 5.Lc4 e6 6.O-O Sf6 7.Lg5 h6 8.Lxf6 Dxf6 9.Sc3 c5 10.Sb5 Dd8 11.d5 a6 12.dxe6 Lxe6 13.Lxe6 fxe6 14.Sfd4 cxd4 15.Dh5+ Kd7 16.Tf7+ Le7 17.Sxd4 Sc6 18.Sxe6 Db6+ 19.Kh1 Kxe6 20.Td1 Sd4? ... Diemer merkte an, daß 20... Db5 die Partie halten sollte.
21.Te1+ Kd7 22.Texe7+ Kc8 23.Dg4+ Kb8 24.Df4+ Ka7 25.Dxd4 Tad8 26.Txb7+


All well and good. However, while browsing through copies of Kampars' Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, I came across another Diemer - Borel game in Vol. 2, No. 5 (May 1963). It is also a transposition to the Blackmar from the Center Counter Defense. A short introduction to this game states (as best as I can make out the Latvian language) that it (must?) be Diemer's first BDG, and that it was played (about?) 1931 in Baden-Baden. This game turns out to be identical to No. 259a in Diemer's book, which he states was his second game with Borel.

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