Daniel King's Power Play Show: Wesley So mangles the London System

by Daniel King
12/4/2020 – In this Power Play Show, GM Daniel King takes a look what Wesley So - the man of the hour - tried against the London System. And there will be a problem by Odette Vollenweider, the most prominent female composer of the modern era. | Power Play is on air most Fridays at 17:00 UTC (18:00 CET, 13:00 ET). All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer. | Photo: Champions Chess Tour | Archive

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Odette Vollenweider

Daniel King: "Odette Vollenweider is arguably the most prominent female composer of the modern era. Born in Zurich June 30, 1933, Odette published her first problem at the age of 25 under the pseudonym of Gabriel Baumgartner. Now, at the age of 87, she is an Honorary Master of chess composition and for more than thirty years she has been the editor of the chess problem section of the high-quality German language daily Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. She has also published a number of theoretical articles in Die Schwalbe, a German magazine focusing on chess problems."

Here's one of her problems:

 

Back to practical chess. What did Wesley So play in this position of the London System?

 

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Daniel King is the prolific author of the Power Play series which numbers 28 volumes to date.  The Tactic Turbo for the King’s Gambit is the subject of his most recent DVD.

Here’s a teaser:


Power Play 28: Tactic Toolbox King's Gambit

Daniel King presents 50 puzzle positions in video format, all arising from the King's Gambit. They feature typical tactics from the opening, so this is a great way of becoming familiar with the tricks and traps that you can set your opponent.


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Daniel King is a regular on playchess.com. Commentating on live events such as the World Championship or analysing themes for his monthly Power Play Show. He also produces a DVD series called Power Play for ChessBase in the Fritztrainer format.
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thirteen thirteen 12/5/2020 11:38
Even as an ex-club player, I know that 'home preparation' can achieve deep/wide/frequent rewards, especially with the vast help available. But seeing the huge ELO difference between Mr Villamayor [2471] vs Mr So [2627] leads me to believe that generally the much higher rated player would be expected to prevail?
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