Playing against the Jobava Hyper Attack

Playing against the Jobava Hyper Attack

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One of the most popular openings for White after 1.d4, especially in the last couple of years, was the London System (d4 & Bf4, without playing c4). But it looks that it is a victim of its success - Black has to play against it that many times and a lot of players know all traps and White's ideas. It means that it is very hard to fight for any advantage for White.
But a couple of years ago, a new approach to the "London System" has appeared due to Georgian Grandmaster Baadur Jobava. He started playing it in a modern way that creates a lot of problems for Black, especially if Black does not know what to do.

White's has got 3 main ideas:
1. Attack the c7-pawn by playing Nb5 (Knight and the Bishop create a threat)
2. The attack in the center by playing f3 and e4
3. Attack on the Kingside by playing f3, g4, h4 with a pawn storm.
Below you can see one of my games with live commentary when I was facing that fascinating opening. I hope that you would understand better what White is trying to do in that opening.

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