Category Archives: London System

Karpos Open 2013 Rd8,GM Berkes F(HUN)-TWIC 958

TWIC 958
Anti-London System
GM Berkes shows another useful formation to fight against the London System. Black quickly launches the kingside pawns forward and storms the kingside. The key was …Nh6, to free the f-pawn for a quick advance.

13…Kh8


Here is the feature game.

Yurtseven,M (2135) – Berkes,F (2702) 
London System vs …g6,Bg7[A41] 
Karpos Open 2013 Skopje MKD (8.32), 15.03.2013


Position 1
Black has sacrificed a pawn for the attack on the kingside. What do you recommend for black now?

Black to Play

24.Bg3

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Josef Varosi Open 2013 Rd2 (March 15-17)

I got off to a normal 2-0 start which is not so easy in Budapest, at least for me. As I left strong junior, Tibor Bodi, was down a piece for a pawn in what looked like a lost ending.

Here’s my round 2 game.

Bege,V (1757) – Yip,M (2009) 
London System vs. Queen’s Indian[A47]
Josef Varosi Open (2), 15.03.2013


Position 1
After 39.Kg2, the kingside looks secure. What do you recommend for black now?

Black to Play

39.Kg2

Karpos Open 2013 Rd1-GM Berkes F(HUN)

TWIC 957

The first round GM vs. non-GM game in a big open will usually go unnoticed and be forgotten quickly. Here white tried the London System against the Hungarian Champion GM Berkes. Black responded aggressively with a King’s Indian with an anti-London twist that should be noted.

Anti-London System Method
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 0–0 5.Be2 d6 6.h3 Nc6 7.0–0 Nd7!? 
With the idea of …e5/f5 to neutralize Bf4.

7…Nd7

The resulting queenless game was a nice example of complete tactical domination with white having an extra pawn but a horrible position.

Cherednichenko,E (2175) – Berkes,F (2702) 
London System vs King’s Indian[A48] 

Karpos Open 2013 Skopje MKD (1.2), 09.03.2013

Position 1
The queenless phase has reached a sharp stage and precision is called for. White has just captured on a6 and is attacking e5 too. How should black respond?

Black to Play

18.ba

This is the kind of routine GM vs non-GM win that will pass unnoticed, but has a mysterious effortless air to it. There are two major things to notice about this game.

(1)Black’s formation against the London System is effective. The ..Nd7/Ne7!? development allow black to hunt Bf4 with a quick …e5 and ..Nf5
(2)The endgame method used to exploit the bishop pair and compromised pawn structure.

Scipioni,G (2041) – Horvath,Cs (2514)
London System vs Averbakh[A40]
2nd Adriatico Open A Montesilvano ITA (1.1), 01.03.2013


Position 1

Black has many imbalances to work with in the ending.

  • The strong Bd4
  • The bishop pair
  • Active rooks
  • Better structure

What do you suggest for black now?


Black to Play

28.Kd2

Defend Against the London System

Here is a nice recent example of how to defend against the London System.

Telljohann,Sven (2423) – Adams,Michael (2725)
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bf4 c5 [D02]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013 (2.1), 23.01.2013

Position 1
White is nowhere close to organizing an attack on the kingside which gives black some freedom to choose plan. What do you suggest for black?

  • ..Nf6 and then ..Ne4 if allowed. 
  • …f6 and prepare to break in the center with …e5 
  • ..h6 and wait to see what white is up to first 
  • Something else 

Black to Play

14.Bh2


Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd2-Fairbairn(CAN)

Here is Stephen Fairbairn’s(CAN) rd2 game. White tried the solid London System and ran into a wall.

Fairbairn,Stephen (2021) – Cramling,Pia (2518)
London vs Queen’s Indian[A47]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013  (2.70), 23.01.2013

Position 1
The endgame has arrived. White has active minor pieces but black has the favorable pawn structure. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play

24.Nxe4

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd2

The London System can be tricky to face. Here is GM Hoang’s rd2 win with the London System.

GM Hoang,Thanh Trang(HUN)

Hoang,Thanh Trang (2469) – Olhovik,Andrei (2246)
London System 2.Bf4[D02]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013  (2.45), 23.01.2013

Position 1
Black has just played 26…Kf7 to defend the queen. How should white continue?

White to Play

26…Kf7


Morin,Y(CAN) 4.5/7 at 38th Guernsey Open 2012

Narciso Dublan,M and Hebden,M tied for first with 6/7. Morin,Y(CAN) got 4.5/7.

                                             1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Narciso Dublan,M 2535      -1 +1 -½ +1 -½ +1 -1           6.0/7
2 Hebden,M           2529      +1 -1 +1 -½ +½ -1 +1           6.0/7
3 Tischbierek,R      2468 -1 +1 -1 +½ -½ +½ -1                5.5/7
4 Mack,W           2283 +1 -1 +½ -1 +1 -½ -0                5.0/7
5 Houska,Jo           2398 +1 -1 +1 -0 +1 -0 +1                 5.0/7
6 Norman,K           2190 -1 +½ -½ +1 -1 +1 +0                5.0/7
7 Dilleigh,S           2099 +1 -½ +½ -½ +1 -½ -1                5.0/7
8 Burrows,M           2108 -1 +1 -0 +1 -½ +½ -1                5.0/7
9 Purdon,C           2099 -½ +1 -0 +1 -1 +1 -½                5.0/7
10 Hillarp Persson,T 2556 +1 -1 +½ -1 +½ -0 +½           4.5/7
11 Bakker,Joo           1982 +1 +½ -½ +½ -½ +1 -½      4.5/7
12 Morin,Y(CAN)      2183 -½ +1 -1 +0 -1 +1 +0           4.5/7

Final round – GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson (front left) and GM Raj Tischbierek (back right).

Morin,Y (2183) – Hillarp Persson,T (2556)
London System [A48]
38th Guernsey Open Guernsey GCI (4), 24.10.2012
White tried the solid London System but black responded in model fashion. What is next for black? Is there a combination? Attack on the kinside perhaps?

Black to Play