Generating An Attack#2 - London system middlegame plans
Welcome to my new series...there will be a regular release of 1 article each weekend, and in this series I want to explain some of my attacking ideas in chess. To get you warmed up, here is a puzzle from one of my recent games:
As important as it is to understand some opening principles, middlegame attacking ideas are also needed, if you want to checkmate your opponent.
And, it is not good enough to have just one idea for each opening, because your opponent can respond in a number of ways, and in some lines, your plan will just never work. In this series 'Generating An Attack', I will explain some ways of quickly transforming a position of roughly equality into a winning position. The series will focus primarily on the London system, and also the Dutch defense. I aim to produce new material, but I will of course mention ideas of some great players.
Idea#1 Apply pressure on h7
In almost all variaitions of the London, black will attempt to castle kingside, because castling queenside is often very risky, for example my game against @aflaguy63 ended in 21 moves. By putting pressure on h7, you are are attacking the king`s position. The main defender of h7 is black`s knight on f6, so if you take this piece off the board, or force him to retreat, then your attack will be more powerful, and often a move such as g6 must be played in order for black to hold things together...
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