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Slobodan Kovacevic vs Sergei Tiviakov
Linares Anibal op 5th (1998), Linares ESP, rd 6, Jan-25
Indian Game: London System (A46)  ·  0-1



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  fredthebear: London System players MUST know how to deal with early c5, Qb6 defenses. 5.Nc3 a6 eliminates the possibility of Nb5 and Nc7+ and fork Ra8.

Here White offers a b2-poison pawn variation arranging a queen trap via 6.a3 (if 6...Qxa2?? 7.Na4 nets the mermaid). Black eventually accepts the pp, but first creates an interesting escape for the queen on the long diagonal. The Black queen certainly has her say.

The Black knight gets the last laugh. A fascinating skirmish. Sergei Tiviakov is true to his slashing style in this smash and grab.

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  fredthebear: BTW, Slobodan Kovacevic was one of the premier London System players. His queen-pawn games are worthy of study:

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