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Baadur Jobava vs Alexey Sarana
European Rapid (2015) (rapid), Minsk BLR, rd 11, Dec-20
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  fredthebear: Here's one variation of the Nc3 & Bf4 Baadur System, aka Jobava-Prie Attack or Jobava London System, or call it something else.

Symmetrical pawn structures need a pawn break to open lines, but here the pair of knights on Nc3 & Nf3 hinder that. Thus, 9.e4 is played similar to the more familiar Colle 5.c3 Koltanowski System. However, the Baadur System will play Ne5 and g4 if allowed as well as other ideas -- whatever is necessary.

Also similar to the Colle, White delivers a Greek gift with 12.Bxh7+. Black can defend against checkmate by returning the piece with 13...Kg8 14.Qh5 Be4 15.Nxe4 Be7 16.Rad1 Qe8 etc. White is better, but took the GM draw. Georges Koltanowski taught us to play the queenside pawn majority for a win.

The Baadur System looks easy enough for the common player to use. Just don't expect to defeat a GM with it. Then again...

James Mason is the original opening inventor: J Mason vs Max Weiss, 1882

Here's Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava in action with a straight-forward h-pawn thrust and exchange sacrifice:

Surely The Great Kaspy would not have trouble with the simple Baadur System, blitz or otherwise:

Grandmaster Denes Boros has another name for this system. Watch his video from St. Louis:

Jobava himself lacks a good pawn break here, but one thing leads to another, and another, the position opens, and "Magnus is in danger":

Yep, the Queen's pawn: Mason variation, the Sarratt Attack, Baadur System, etc. is more than playable.

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