Malcolm Pein on…Destroying 1.d4


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Malcolm Pein showed a recent game in the London System in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph column. He returns to the theme today, with some sharp lines aimed at destroying 1.d4 deviations from the main lines.

Malcolm Pein on…Destroying 1.d4

The London System, Trompowsky and Pseudo Trompowsky are challenging to meet, particularly in speed chess.

If you face these online, here are some tricky ideas to put the first player on the back foot from the off.

The most appealing aspect of this first suggestion is that it appears to be a mouse slip. 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 h5?! If White is not alert he will often continue with 3.e3 and this allows 3…e5!

London System Chess Trap

Black wins material after 4.Bxe5 f6 5.Bf4 g5 6.Bg3 h4 and 4.Bxe5 f6 5.Bf4 g5 or if 4.dxe5 g5 5.Bg3 h4 snares the bishop. I am sorry, but if White plays 3.Nf3, you are on your own.

Vladislav Artemiev’s idea was similar, going after the bishop which has developed so early.

A. Firouzja – V. Artemiev
SIG Bullet KO

1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 f6 3.Bh4 Nh6 4.e3 Nf5 5.Bd3 h5 6.Nf3?

A. Firouzja – V. Artemiev Chess Trap

6…g5! 7.Bxg5 fxg5 8.Nxg5 e5 9.h4 Nxh4 10.Rxh4 Qxg5 11.g3 exd4 12.exd4 Nc6 13.Nc3 Bg4 14.f3 Qe3+ 15.Qe2 Qxe2+ 0–1

I’ve seen some tutorials for White suggesting 3.dxc5 here, 3…e5 in response is not totally sound, but it has some clever points and even if White plays well, it’s not too bad for Black.

F. Kuebart – D. Neukirch
Poessneck 1958

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.dxc5 (If 3.d5 Ne4 followed by d6 is a playable Benoni) 3…e5 4.Nc3 Bxc5 5.e4?! (5.e3 0–0 and White must avoid 6.Nd5 (If 6.Nf3 Bb4!; 6.a3! is best) 6…Qa5+ 7.c3 Nxd5 8.Qxd5 Nc6 9.b4? Bxb4) 5…Qb6 6.Bxf6?

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F. Kuebart – D. Neukirch Checkmate in Two Moves

Black to play and mate in two

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6…Bxf2+ 0–1 If 7.Ke2 Qe3#

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