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1 1 knight on c6 and allow a White knight to


a b c d e f g h jump into e5.

Black just played Qb6 with the typical You


idea of attacking the b2 pawn. Which #3
move is recommended for white? The The London System
move 1.Nc3! is best as the capture of
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all variations. After Qxb2 2.Nb5 Na6
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3.Rb1 Qxa2 4.Ra1 Qb2 5.Rxa6 bxa6
6.Nc7+ Kd8 7.Nxa8 White has a 7 7
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White have several plans, one of which
is to control the e5 square. Which move
did White play to achieve that? The Black has just played Nxe5. Which move
thematic 1.Bb5 aims to eliminate the is better 1.Rxe5 or 1.dxe5? In this
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position it is better to play 1.dxe5! You


claiming the strong d4 square for the #5
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the bishop and the e5 pawn controls the
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3 3 In variations with an early Bf5 by Black,


White usually plays either c4 or c3 and
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Qb3. However in this game White found
1 1 another interesting plan. What did he
a b c d e f g h play? White played 1.Bd3 offering the
exchange of bishops. After Bxd3 2.Qxd3
c6 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Ngf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0
Black has just played Bd6. How should 6.h3 Nbd7 instead of the more natural
White continue? 1.Bg3! White should breaks like c4 or e4, White preferred the
not allow the exchange of the bishop plan with a4 and a5 with a good position.
without getting something in return. Now
if black plays Bxg3 2.hxg3 White gets
to open the h-file and if black does not You
take on g3, White will end up playing #6
Ne5 occupying a powerful outpost and The London System
protecting the bishop.

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White uses of the main plans against


the Slav setup. What is it? 1.Qb3!
attacks the weak point b7 and, after Qb6
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with idea of moving the knight to a5,
with Nb3 and Na5, putting pressure on
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b7. It is not good for Black to exchange
7 7 the knight, with Bd8 and Bxa5, since
bxa5 opens the b-file, and from a5 the
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2.c5! White forces the advantageous
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White has an advantage with the passed
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b-pawn but Black can still save the game.
5 5 How? 1...Nd7 maintains control and
equality - you have to stop the b-pawn.
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[ In the game 1...e4?? was played and
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What is the strongest plan for White in


this position? The plan is 1.Nd2!
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1 1 With 1.Bxa6! Rxa6 2.Be5! Nd7 3.Bxg7


a b c d e f g h Kxg7 4.b4! White consolidates his extra
pawn.

Black exchanged queens on b3 but this


allows White to apply pressure along the You
a-file. How should White continue this #11
plan? The main idea is to pressurize the The London System
a-pawn. In the game 1.Ba6 Bxa6
2.Rxa6 Nb8 3.Bxb8! Rfxb8 4.Rfa1 a b c d e f g h
was played with a clear and comfortable
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advantage, playing against the weak a7
pawn. 7 7
[ Another good plan was 4.b4
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Black wants to recapture the c5 pawn.


How can White keep the advantage? What is the best plan for White in this
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position? With 1.Rc7! Ba6 2.Bxa6 a b c d e f g h


Rxa6 3.Rac1 dominating the c-file and
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the 7th rank, White have a practically
decisive advantage. The g3 bishop is 7 7
much stronger than its g7 counterpart
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and the White queen will come to b5 to
put pressure on the queenside 5 5
weaknesses.
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How should White meet ...Bd6 ? 1.Bg5!
7 7 White should not allow the exchange of
the f4 bishop without getting anything in
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return Be7
5 5 [ 1...f6 2.Qh5 g6 3.Bxg6 hxg6
4.Qxg6+ Ng7 5.Bxf6 with a clear
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3 3 2.Bc2! The idea is Qd3 creating
weaknesses in Black's King position.
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How should White continue here? Once
again the thematic 1.Qb3 is the best
move. When black moves the c8 bishop (Diagram)
White must pressure b7 with Qb3.
White has the opportunity to get a clear
advantage. How? With 1.Nb5!
You threating Nxc7. If Na6 2.Qa4!
#13 and now the lesser evil is c6
The London System [ In the game 2...Nb4 was played
which allows 3.Nxc7+ Kf8 4.Nxa8
with a decisive advantage. ]
(Diagram)
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2.b4 a6 3.b5! cxb5 4.Bxb5 Rc8 5.Bd3
followed again by the plan of b4-b5 with
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Black has just played ...Bxa5. How
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should White recapture? The correct
7 7 move is 1.bxa5! opening the b-file for
the white rooks to put pressure on the
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b7 pawn. In the game, White got his
5 5 rooks to b4 and b3, won the b7 pawn
and the game.
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What is the best plan for White in this
position? The b5 break with 1.c5! Nbd7 Can you find the best move for White in
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this position? The break with 1.c4! Be4


[ if 1...dxc4 2.d5! exd5 3.Nxd5 Bd8
4.Bxc4 with clear advantage ] You
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Black has just played the tricky ...Bf5. 3 3


What should White do? 1.Qxf5!
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gives White the advantage with the d5
pawn undefended. If the position had, 1 1
for example, knights on f3 and f6 then a b c d e f g h
Qc1 would be the best move. After Qxb2
2.Qxd5 Qc1+
[ 2...Qxa1 3.Qb5! ] What is the best move for White? With
3.Ke2 Qb2+ 4.Kf3 with a winning 1.Rd5 White is winning a pawn after Qe7
advantage after Qxa1 5.Bxc4! e6 2.Nxe5! Nxe5 3.Rxe5 since Qxe5
6.Qb5 4.Bxb7+ wins the queen.
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Can you find the winning move for


White? 1.Be6+! fxe6
[ 1...Rd7 2.Bxd7+ with mate in few
moves ]
2.Qxe6+ Rd7 3.Qxd7#
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