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5...Bg4 just throws away Black's advantage. After 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6, white can play 8.Be3, 8.Qf2!? or more enterprisingly 8.g4!?, when he has compensation for the pawn. The bishop pair is a serious issue, and it should not be granted to the opponent that lightly.
6.h3 Bh5 at best leads to ...c6/Bf5 variations (which are best for Black) with white granted a moderately useful h2/h3 extra tempo.
Not true how? Saying not true doesn't really add anything.
With all respect, your previous variation is just a blunder, sir.
...e5 is a thematic move in these positions, but using your move order, it just loses.
Let's make it happen!
You don't really have to analyse it in depth, dear.
5...Bg4 is not very logical, especially since the ...Bf5 variation is such a strong recipe. Please consult Avrukh's book, I have nothing to add to his analysis (excellent stuff), excluding his suggested variation on 5.Qxf3?!. There, I think Nieuweboer's 6...Qh4+!? is stronger than Avrukh's 6...Qg4 - effectively it refutes 5.Qxf3 completely.
There is a sole point against 5...Bg4: The bishop pair. In some positions, it does not mean much, but when the center is fluid, and white has easy development, it is a very important factor. This is precisely the case here.
Glad to have seen that Yekatrinas twit has been deleted. Anyone who cheats against me, beware.
What she writes to you in the game chat is private, I don't think it's right to share it in the forum unless she agrees.
Just play the Englund Gambit, surprise your opponent
So what happened in math-man's game on Monday??
yes, I see your point. But there is also the extra pawn on the Black side, and many other pieces on the board, the remaining black pieces are also not bad ones. Certainly, the white pawn attack with g2-g4-g5 is bothering, it gives White a lot of space (pointed out to me by sisu before we even started to play). The variant could be saved for Black only if he finds a counterplay that breaks this spatial advantage (sitting and enjoying your own 'nice pieces' is not good enough).
Black can get all the same advantages by playing 5...c6. Maybe 5..Bg4 is playable, but there isn't much point when black gets an advantage with 5...c6.
(I yelled an soundless, "NOOO! Don't do it, Yeka!". He baited you...knowing you'd be offended, and challenge him to a game. It was obvious to everyone, that you had no experience vs the BDG. And we, the silent majority, just knew what would happen. Yes, i was on the verge of pressing the post comment button and thus avoid the result.)
Certainly, there are many self-assured players or "postzers" but one must not be too offended by their opinions. Especially when offering advice or suggesting lines. I believe there are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers. "Trust, but verify".
(Indeed2. I kinda hoped you'd put him in his place, though....if saying so brings some comfort after an unpleasant experience)
Agreed. That's why i mentioned pinning the QN (...Bb4!?) after say, ...e6. The QN is often an decisive piece in an all-out, all-in attack. Following the age-old adage: counter an wing attack in tge centre...
I have an OTB tournament game on Monday. I have the black pieces and my opponent plays ALWAYS the Blackmar-Diemer gambit.
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