Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit!

Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit!

The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit starts off with the following moves:

1. d4 d5
2. e4


1. e4 d5
2. d4

Notice how I gave two different lines and variations which go into the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. It is usually reached by playing d4, and then instead of going for a Catalan Opening or Queen’s Gambit we simply switch things up and offer that central pawn. However, it is a great chess gambit for e4 players as well against the Scandinavian Defense! Either black is going to go into the accepted variation (which is exactly what we want) or they will have to opt for a Nimzowitsch Defense, Caro-Kann Defense, or French Defense. All of a sudden, you have a Scandinavian Defense player transposing into a completely different opening, and that works in our favor. The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is not super dangerous against Grandmaster competition, because if black plays perfectly they will reach a slightly better middlegame. However, even then the positions are playable and give white attacking chances with tons of checkmate patterns in the air. The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is a fun chess opening for white that can help you improve at chess, beat higher rated players, and win games more quickly. The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is also a great chess opening for beginners, and a good chess opening for intermediate players as well. It looks to put chess opening strategy, chess opening moves, chess opening tactics, chess opening tricks, and chess opening traps at the forefront of every line and variation. The Blackmar-Diemer is good for e4 players and d4 players, with the transposition of the chess opening shown above. Chess gambits and traps are fun for beginners, and really players of all levels. Similar to the Smith-Morra Gambit, we are not trying to win this game within 8 moves. We are simply giving up a pawn and in return get a rapid edge in development. The Blackmar-Diemar Gambit is also a good chess gambit for bullet chess and blitz chess, as your opponent won’t have us much time to calculate and you’ll be playing positions YOU are more comfortable with. This is a top tier chess gambit for white, getting exactly what you want out of it every time. We hope you enjoy learning how to play the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit!

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  1. Awesome. And timely. I've been tinkering with this just recently.

  2. Waiting for this to crush the Scandinavian and caro kann tartakower players!😂

    (Scandinavian : E4 D5 D4)
    (Caro kann : E4 C6 D4 D5 nc3 dxe4 f3)

  3. Damn bro, you going for it with the crazy gambits, I love it but make sure you keep some for later content. There ain't infinite number of openings and you are known to be that "opening teaching guy".

  4. I’d like to see a video on the Ryder gambit in the blackmar diemer, it has some powerful traps and attacks which deviate from the main line

  5. Nice coverage of the BDG! May have missed it but would you recommend against 1…Nf6 for the BDG player? Trompowsky, Jobava London or the ‘Paleface Attack’? Thanks!

  6. Good to see a video about blackmar, was wondering when you make one. im a e4 player but i play d4 in blitz. Blackmar against d5 and trompowsky against nf6. Great blitz repertoire, but not really for a longer game. Love your videos keep it up. 😇👌🏻

  7. The games of Emil Diemer are full of many branches of this opening, (as well as playing against it). Tim Sawyer has written more than one instructive book and many articles about it. Thanks, Solomon, for distilling this 'nice surprise' for opponents expecting a more fashionable London. Cheers, buddy.

  8. It took me a few days to get this watched, but it is already my favorite video on the BDG. You cover a couple of lines I've not seen in any other videos on the opening.

  9. Awesome video. I think I will start playing this. My favorite opening I put a lot of study in is the Colle-Zuckertort. Try it out.

  10. Please make a video covering everything about the Ryder Gambit variation. Although it involves sacrificing 2 pawns but still I think this opening is GREAT because you go FAR AHEAD in development for the cost of 2 pawns. I like playing it a lot. But I don't know how to continue the best way if the opponent plays the best moves and don't fall in the trap. So please guide about that. I want to know everything about the Ryder Gambit.

  11. 1.e4 d5 2.d4 is WHY I'm looking to learn the BDG! The only other "anti-scandinavian gambit" is the tennison gambit, which WILL surprise a scandinavian player the first time they see it IF you play the less sound 1.e4 d5 2.Nf3 dxe5 3.Ng5 (3.Ne5 is better), but the BDG is more sound. As a scandinavian player, I NEVER see the BDG and have only played 2 tennison players. it's a nice way to surprise scandinavians, but honestly, 1.e4 d5 2.e5 is what drives ME nuts. I can't wait to learn the BDG (via 1.d4 to start) as a 2200 player I knew actually BEAT deep blue with it in a blitz game!

    I forget what the opening is called, but if all 4 pawns are in the center 1.d4 d5 2.e4 e5, then 3.dxe5 dxe4? 4.Qxd1+! takes black's castling rights away. i actually BEAT chessmaster (tal personality) as a lowly 1450 when I questioned allowing the trade as black and switched sides telling tal to "prove it" and he didn't.

  12. After finishing dis vid I feel a like Gm to beat magus n get the world title.kudos you Sir

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