Wednesday, 22 January 2014

London System Game

by Sverre Johnson and Vlatko Kovacevic
In the first chapter, Kovacevic includes one of his infamous games of 1980 against Hans Ree.  This game has inspired many Londoneers!
Vladimir Kovacevic (?) vs. Hans Ree (?)
Maribor | Maribor | 1980 | ECO: D02 | 1-0
1. d4Nf62. Nf3d53. Bf4e64. Nbd2c55. e3Be76. c3O-O7. Bd3Nbd7The ideal London System!
8. h4!b68.h4 is ignored!
9. Ne5Nxe510. dxe5Nd711. Bxh7+A Bishop sac!
11... Kxh712. Qh5+Kg813. Nf3f614. Ng5A Knight sac!
14... fxg515. hxg5Rf516. Qh7+Kf717. g6+Ke818. Qxg7Bf819. Qh8Was this the best move?
19... Rg520. Qg8Nxe521. Bxe5Kd722. Rh8Hmmm...why not the quick Rh7+?
22... Bb723. Qh7+Black resigned and his book revealed possible continuations, like 23...Qe7 24.Bf6 or 23...Kc6 24.g7 

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