Sunday, April 10, 2016

London System Spigel Kings Indian

We think of the London System as 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4. Related lines fall under the same umbrella. These may include 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 or even 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 and 3.Bf4. David Spigel played a King's Indian Defence against my London System in 1993.

The issues with London vs KID center around moves five and six. The first four moves are common: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 0-0. Is White going to play 5.h3 or 5.Be2? Is White going to push his c-pawn to c3 with Nbd2 or c4 with Nc3? Is Black going to attack d4 with ...c5 or ...e5? Where will his queenside minor pieces be developed?

Andrew Soltis recommends 5.h3 on page 100 of his "London System" book published in 1993. On page 2, I am named as a research assistant. Smith knew that I had cited the Tim Harding book "Colle, London and Blackmar-Diemer Systems" in my BDG book in 1992. Smith asked to borrow my copy because it was sold out and hard to find.

Earlier vs David Spigel, I had won a French Defence. In our other games, he beat my Bird and my Latvian. At first, we both played a lot of pawns to the dark squares. Black pushed his pawns to the light squares. We reached a rook endgame where we both had a weak backward pawn on an open file. We started to repeat moves and agreed to a draw.

Sawyer (2003) - Spigel (1954), corr APCT Q-171 (8), 08.1993 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 0-0 5.h3 b6 6.Nbd2 d6 7.Be2 c5 8.0-0 Ba6 9.c3 Bxe2 10.Qxe2 cxd4 11.exd4 Nc6 12.Ne4 [12.Rfe1+/=] 12...Nxe4 [12...Nh5=] 13.Qxe4 d5 14.Qe2 a6 15.Rfe1 b5 16.Ne5?! [16.Qe3+/=] 16...Nxe5 17.Bxe5 e6 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Qe5+ Qf6 20.f4 Rfc8 21.g4?! [21.a3=] 21...Rab8 [21...b4!=/+] 22.a3 a5 23.g5 Qxe5 24.fxe5 Rc7 25.Re3 b4 26.axb4 axb4 27.Rf1 bxc3 28.bxc3 Rb2 29.Rf2 Rb1+ 1/2-1/2

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