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Par Hammargren vs Emil Joseph Diemer
Stockholm (1974)
Zukertort Opening: Arctic Defense (A04)  ·  0-1



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  Sneaky: An unusual opening indeed! I wonder how Black would have proceeded after 4. Be3. Surely not 4...e5? 5. dxe5, and 4...Qxb2?! 5. Nd2 leaves White with a healthy lead in development.

That leaves 4...d5 which I am also skeptical of, since it doesn't address the issue of how Black is going to develop his Kingside.

Oct-19-02  pawntificator: Very unusual indeed... it's a wonder black could win! Perhaps in response to Be3 he would have only pushed the e or d pawn one square?
Oct-19-02  Danilomagalhaes: Nice strutured pawns of Diemer... This game is cool... The first captured piece was a pawn, at the 13th move...
Oct-19-02  Danilomagalhaes: Very different from today...
Oct-19-02  Danilomagalhaes: Let´s exchange problems by e-mail??????? (
Oct-19-02  Danilomagalhaes: After 13... f5, a pressure move can be good if black doesn´t defense right. Maybe 14. Nb6 can make some changes at the position...?
Oct-19-02  Danilomagalhaes: Sneaky, I guess 4. Be3 is a little bad, because of the possible continuation of 4...Qxb2, 5.Nbd2, d5, 6.c4, e6, 7.a4, Bd6...
Dec-22-02  Bears092: This looks like one of my blitz games...
Dec-29-03  Dick Brain: This just doesn't look like it should be classified as the Reti Opening.
Nov-18-08  blindhermit: anyone have an idea who this hammargren character is?
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  OhioChessFan: 5. d5 is horrible
Nov-25-09  Shams: <OCF> agreed, an awful decision that justifies black's setup. I'd play crap like the "Arctic Defense" too if I thought people would respond thusly.
Nov-25-09  Shams: great pawn formation after 23...cxd5<!>

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  OhioChessFan: That's got to be a unique Pawn setup. Maybe Diemer was going for artistic effect is why he didn't just take the Knight.
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  whiteshark: <Actic Defence>

[Event "Ch Baden (MA)"]
[Site "Viernheim (Germany)"]
[Date "1984.??.??"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Grathwohl Roland (GER)"]
[Black "Schulze Ulrich (GER)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "2289"]
[BlackElo "2313"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]
[Remark ""]

1.Nf3 f6 2.d4 g6 3.e4 Nh6 4.h4 e6 5.Nc3 Nf7 6.Bc4 d6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.Qd2 c6 9.d5 cxd5 10.Bb5+ Nd7 11.Nd4 Ke7 12.exd5 e5 13.Ne6 Qg8 14.Nc7 a6 15.Nxa8 axb5 16.Nxb5 f5 17.Qe2 e4 18.O-O-O Nde5 19.Nb6 Qd8 20.Nd4 Qc7 21.Kb1 Kf6 22.Ne6 Bxe6 23.dxe6 Kxe6 24.Qb5 Qc6 25.Qb3+ 1-0

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  whiteshark: <Actic Defence>

[Event "GBR-ch"]
[Site "Scarborough"]
[Date "2004.08.04"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Westwood, Richard D"]
[Black "Surtees, Michael"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "2030"]
[BlackElo "2239"]

1. Nf3 f6 2. d4 d5 3. e3 Nh6 4. c4 c6 5. b3 e6 6. Bb2 Nd7 7. Nbd2 f5 8. Bd3 Be7 9. Qc2 g6 10. h3 Nf7 11. O-O-O Qa5 12. Kb1 Nf6 13. Ne1 Bd7 14. f3 O-O-O 15. c5 Qc7 16. f4 g5 17. g3 h5 18. Nef3 Rdg8 19. Rdg1 Ne4 20. Bxe4 fxe4 21. Ne5 Be8 22. Nf1 gxf4 23. gxf4 Nxe5 24. dxe5 Qa5 25. Bd4 Qe1+ 26. Kb2 Bh4 27. Ng3 Qxg3 28. Rxg3 Rxg3 29. Rh2 Rhg8 30. Ka3 Rf3 31. Rg2 Rgg3 32. Qe2 Bg6 33. Rxg3 Rxg3 34. f5 exf5 35. Qf2 Rxh3 36. Qf4 Bd8 37. e6 Bc7 38. Qh6 b6 39. Qxg6 Kb7 40. e7 1-0

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  whiteshark: <Actic Defence>

[Event "SLO-chT2 East"]
[Site "Velenje"]
[Date "2005.09.29"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Milinkovic, Nebojsa"]
[Black "Gomboc, Miha"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "2047"]
[BlackElo "2192"]
[EventType "team"]

1. Nf3 f6 2. d4 d5 3. b3 Bg4 4. Bb2 e6 5. e3 Bd6 6. Be2 Ne7 7. Nbd2 Nd7 8. O-O Ng6 9. c4 c6 10. h3 Bxf3 11. Nxf3 f5 12. Qc2 O-O 13. Rfe1 Rf7 14. Rad1 Kh8 15. a3 Qf6 16. b4 Rg8 17. c5 Bb8 18. b5 Ne7 19. Qc3 g5 20. Ne5 Nxe5 21. dxe5 Qh6 22. Qb4 g4 23. Qf4 Qg7 24. Qg3 gxh3 25. Qxg7+ Rfxg7 26. g3 Ng6 27. Kh2 Bxe5 28. Bxe5 Nxe5 29. Kxh3 cxb5 30. Bxb5 Rc7 31. f4 Ng4 32. Rc1 Nf2+ 33. Kh2 a6 34. Bf1 Ne4 35. c6 bxc6 36. Bxa6 c5 37. Bb5 h5 38. Rg1 c4 39. Rg2 Rcg7 40. Rcg1 Rg4 41. Kh3 h4 42. gxh4 Nf2+ 43. Rxf2 Rxg1 44. Kh2 R1g4 45. Rf3 Rxh4+ 46. Rh3 Rxh3+ 47. Kxh3 c3 48. Bd3 Ra8 49. Kh4 Rxa3 50. Kg5 Ra2 51. Kf6 c2 52. Bxc2 Rxc2 53. Kxe6 Re2 0-1

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  whiteshark: <Actic Defence>

[Event "BCF-ch 92nd"]
[Site "Douglas"]
[Date "2005.08.02"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Chaplin, Peter Edward"]
[Black "Surtees, Michael"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "2062"]
[BlackElo "2142"]

1. Nf3 f6 2. e4 c6 3. d4 d5 4. exd5 cxd5 5. c4 e6 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. Bd3 Bb4 8. O-O Nge7 9. a3 Bd6 10. Qc2 g5 11. cxd5 exd5 12. Re1 Kf8 13. Be3 a6 14. Rad1 Bg4 15. Be2 Bf5 16. Bd3 Bxd3 17. Qxd3 h6 18. Bd2 b5 19. Re6 Kf7 20. Rde1 Qd7 21. g3 Nd8 22. R6e2 Qc6 23. h4 Qc4 24. Qb1 g4 25. h5 Ndc6 26. b3 Qxe2 27. Rxe2 gxf3 28. Re1 Nxd4 29. Qd3 Be5 30. Be3 Ne6 31. Bb6 Bxc3 32. Qxc3 Ng5 33. Qc7 Rhe8 34. Be3 Rac8 35. Qf4 Rc3 36. Bd4 Rc6 37. Rc1 Rxc1+ 38. Qxc1 Rc8 39. Qf4 Rc6 40. Kh2 Re6 41. Be3 Re5 42. Qg4 Re4 43. Qd7 Ne6 44. Bxh6 d4 45. Bf4 Nc5 46. Qd6 Nd3 47. h6 Nxf2 48. h7 Ng4+ 49. Kh3 f2 50. Kxg4 f1=Q 51. Qxe7+ Rxe7 52. h8=Q Qd1+ 53. Kf5 Qd3+ 54. Kg4 Qg6+ 55. Kf3 d3 0-1

End of <Actic Defence> games with ELO 2000+ players.

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  OhioChessFan: Now can you list the games with the <Arctic Defense>?
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  whiteshark: OCF, <Arctic Defense> games start with <1.Nf3 f6>. :D
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  OhioChessFan: I guess the <Arctic Defense> is played in colder climates than the <Actic Defense>
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  whiteshark: Oh, now I see what you've meant. :D
Dec-18-13  green ink: According to witnesses, Diemer probably meant to play 1. - f5. But instead of gripping the f-pawn, he just tapped it somewhat nonchalantly with one of his fingers. It slid along - but not as far as intended, stopping while mostly on the f6 square. After that, Diemer had to do what he was best at: confusing his opponent.

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