Friday, June 30, 2017

Carlsen Wins London System

The London System is an easy chess opening to play at any level. The first dozen moves come naturally. White gets a good position. Final success depends on White's ability to outplay Black. It is one of my favorites when I am not in a gambit mood.

Magnus Carlsen won with the London System. I highlight his opponent Fabiano Caruana this month in his win with the Italian 2.Bc4. Below, White's counter attack in the London turned the tables with 24.e4. Carlsen pressed his advantage with a set of checks to win a piece and the game.

[My new London 2.Bf4 Playbook was my best seller for June 2017. Thank you.]

Carlsen (2832) - Caruana (2808), GCT Blitz Paris 2017 Paris FRA (1.1), 24.06.2017 begins 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nf3 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.Bg3 0-0 8.Bb5 [8.Bd3 is more popular. Carlsen chose bishop to d3 to beat Kramnik in this event but there Black had played Nge7.] 8...Bxg3 9.hxg3 Qb6 10.a4 h6 11.0-0 Ne7 12.Qb3 Qc7 13.a5 Bd7 14.Be2 Ng6 15.Qa3 c4 16.b3 cxb3 17.Nxb3 [17.c4!?] 17...Ne4 18.Rfc1 Bc6 19.c4 dxc4 20.Rxc4 Qd8 [20...Rac8 21.Rac1=] 21.Nc5 Nd6 22.Rc2 Bd5 23.Bd3 b6 24.e4 bxc5 25.exd5 exd5 26.dxc5 Ne4 [If 26...Nc4 27.Bxc4 dxc4 28.Rxc4+/- White is up a pawn.] 27.c6 Qc7 28.Qb3 [28.Nd4+/-] 28...Rfd8 29.Qb7 Rac8 [29...Rdc8 30.Qxc7 Rxc7 31.Nd4+/-] 30.Rb1 [30.Nd4+-] 30...Qxa5 31.c7 Rf8 32.Qb5 [32.Qa6 Qxa6 33.Bxa6+-] 32...Qa3 33.Qxd5 Nc3 34.Rxc3 Qxc3 35.Bxg6 Rxc7 36.Ne5 Qc5 37.Bxf7+ Rfxf7 38.Rb8+ 1-0

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