Sunday, April 17, 2011
GM Alexander Stripunsky played the London System vs. GM Alexander Ivanov yesterday in the 2nd Round of the United States Championship. It ended in a draw, but I thought I'd post it!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
GM Victor Korchnoi wearing the famous glasses during one of his world title matches vs. GM Anatoly Karpov! ChessBase presents a nice tribute to GM Korchnoi here.
I want to show a game where GM Korchnoi defeats GM Bobby Fischer as Black.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
GM Vassily Ivanchuk was born March 18, 1969 in the Ukraine. He plays all kinds of openings and is always exciting to watch! I've included a nice game he won vs. GM Alexander Morozevich of Russia. It is an Exchange Slav which has alot of the ideas of "The London". I hope you enjoy it!
Friday, March 11, 2011
Joel Lawrence Benjamin was born on March 11, 1964 in New York, USA.
He obtained his GM title in 1986. The above picture is from last year's U.S. Championship, a game which GM Gata Kamsky won. The below game is a game from the 1991 U.S. Championship in which Gata played the London System and Joel won!
Going into the 3rd round, I was leading the tourney with 2-0 and Joe was at 1.5-0.5. Well, I miscalculated and dropped a center pawn in my London System game. I then disregarded my King's safety and the rest is history! Joe played well and deserved the win! Nobody likes posting losses, but I felt that I learned a few things from this game and hope to play better the next time I play Joe!
My 2nd round game was vs. James Whiddon. James is a London System player and I was a bit surprised that he chose not to play it here. He won his 1st round game in around 10 moves and I was expecting a hard battle. He started a pawn storm on the Kingside and lost track of his King's safety!