Wednesday, May 31, 2017

London System Chess Opening

Grandmaster Axel Bachmann wins a London that feels like a Blackmar-Diemer. White sacrificed a piece against his master level opponent Manuel Ocantos for a quick win.

My London 2.Bf4 Playbook is a step by step opening guide. London System with 2.Bf4 is a simple safe super solid solution to your repertoire for White. Your plan is to play 2.Bf4 with e3 and Nf3. The London makes your opening preparation easy. This Playbook helps you easily prepare to play your opening after 1.d4 d5, or 1.d4 Nf6, or even 1.d4 f5. The 200 diagrams in this playbook cover the variations that you are most likely to face.
Chess Digest listed me as a Research Assistant in the 1993 book on the London System by Andrew Soltis. My copy has a note inside the front cover: “To Tim Sawyer, Thanks for helping make this book possible. Ken Smith.” Very cool. Below is that London quickie!

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Bachmann (2646) - Ocantos (2248), 48th Mar Del Plata Open Mar del Plata ARG (3.1), 09.04.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Nbd2 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.c3 Nc6 8.h3 c4 9.Bc2!? [White plays for attack. The alternative is 9.Be2 b5 10.b3=] 9...b5 10.a3 a5 11.e4 Bb7 [Maybe 11...dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nd5 13.Bh2 f5 14.Ned2 Rf6=] 12.e5 [12.Qe2!?] 12...Ne8 [12...Nd7 13.h4!+/=] 13.h4 f6 [13...f5 14.Ng5+/=] 14.Ng5! [This reminds me of a Fishing Pole line by Brian Wall.] 14...fxg5 [A move such as 14...g6 loses to 15.Nxe6+-] 15.Bxh7+ Kxh7 16.hxg5+ Kg6 [16...Kg8 17.Rh8+ Kxh8 18.Qh5+ Kg8 19.g6 Nf6 20.exf6 Rf7 21.Qh7+ Kf8 22.Qh8# mate] 17.Qh5+ Kf5 18.Qh3+ Kg6 19.Qh7+ 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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