Originally Posted by KyleJRM82
Anyone with any thoughts on defending against the BDG? It doesn't seem all that scary to me, but I'm sure it's worse if I'm underestimating it.
1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 Nbd7!?
Idea is simply 5. fxe4 e5!
It's the same position as reached from 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nbd7 4. f4 e5 5. f4xe5? dxe5. The nice thing about the BDG is that that line, which would normally rely on a blunder, is practically forced. White has no good way to retain the tension. Something like 5. Be3 can even be met with e5 again immediately relieving the tension. Normally it might not be such a good idea to keep trying to relieve the tension but I find basically every single BDG player's rating tend to drop about 300 points when the position isn't a standard throw everything at the kingside one so it's very effective even if on some sort of a metagame level.