London System – GM Adrien Demuth

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London System – GM Adrien Demuth

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World Champion Magnus Carlsen recently brought the London System back into fashion. Grandmaster Adrien Demuth, a helper of the French national team at the last couple of Olympiads, provides a complete repertoire for White. Get your opponent out of his or her comfort zone while avoiding long theoretical lines!

Come and learn the many different subtleties of the London System and build a reliable repertoire as White.

About the Author

Adrien Demuth is an International Chess Grandmaster from France. He has been the trainer of the French National Team at the Olympiads and has published books on the Reti and the Dutch.

CHAPTER OUTLINE

  1. Intro
    In this introduction to his series on the London System for White, Adrien explains
    the move orders he’s chosen and gives a quick overview of the options for Black that are covered in the upcoming videos.
  2. Part 1: Early sidelines on move 2
    For his first video on the move 1…d5, Adrien decides to focus on the sidelines Black can play on move
    2, and especially the Slav systems and the Chigorin Defence. He explains why White has nothing to
    worry about!
  3. Part 2: Black defers the moves …c5 and …Nc6
    Adrien continues with the systems where Black plays with 2…Nf6 and 3…e6 and tries to delay …c5
    and …Nc6 in order to play different move-orders. Some of these systems can be very smart for Black
    and they shouldn’t be underestimated.
  4. Part 3: Black plays an early …Qb6
    Black starts with the aggressive move 2…c5, and Adrien explains how White should reply when
    his opponent develops his queen to b6 early on. Depending on the situation, White should
    sometimes play Qb3, but sacrificing the b2-pawn can be even stronger.
  5. Part 4: Transposing to the Exchange Caro-Kann
    Black sometimes meets the London System by transposing into the Exchange Caro-Kann. While this is not necessarily White’s aim when playing the London System, Adrien provides you
    with an easy to follow plan that gets the theoretical stamp of approval.
  6. Part 5: Black develops his bishop with 5…Bg4 or 5…Bf5
    One of the critical lines of the London System is when Black decides to develop his c8-bishop after
    seizing the centre. Adrien explains how to handle it, and shows how your position can be both solid and
    dynamic at the same time.
  7. Part 6: Black plays …c5, …e6 and …Be7
    Adrien focuses on the systems where Black uses a Queen’s Gambit setup with an early …c5. Before
    examining the main lines featured in the next videos, Adrien takes a close look at Black’s options when playing …Be7 instead of challenging the f4-bishop with the more natural …Bd6.
  8. Part 7: Black tries the modern lines with …Nh5
    Modern theory is sometimes strange. Adrien looks at one of its eccentricities – the possibility of playing
    an early …Nh5 with the idea of challenging the f4-bishop and, if possible, swapping places with it. White should
    aim for quick and active development in order to restrain Black’s play.
  9. Part 8: Black plays the main line with 6…Bd6
    Adrien looks at what is considered the main line against the London System. Every continuation for Black
    after the moves 6…Bd6 7.Bg3 will be analyzed, with the aim of providing White with a logical way to
    develop his play.
  10. Part 9: Various second moves for Black after 1…Nf6 2.Bf4
    In this first video on the move 1…Nf6, Adrien shows original ways for Black to play on move 2. He
    also explains why he chose to start with the move 2.Bf4, explaining the pros and cons compared to 2.Nf3.
  11. Part 10: Black plays 1…Nf6 2.Bf4 e6
    Adrien analyzes the Nimzo-Indian setups for Black that start with 2…e6 but don’t include …d5 in the
    next few moves. He explains that playing the standard London System is possible, but that you can also try to interfere with Black’s development.
  12. Part 11: Grünfeld and King’s Indian Systems
    Adrien explains the drawbacks of playing the classical London System when Black goes for a kingside fianchetto. Instead he opts for the aggressive move 3.Nc3 in order to follow up with e4. If that is prevented (by 3…d5), he shows how dangerous a quick kingside attack with 5.h4 can be.
  13. Part 12: Dutch Defence, other 1st moves & conclusion
    Adrien ends by talking about different first moves White may face and the possibility of still playing the London System. He pays special attention to the Dutch Defence
    and its various systems, before wrapping up the series.

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Content Outline

  1. Intro
  2. Part 1: Early sidelines on move 2
  3. Part 2: Black defers the moves …c5 and …Nc6
  4. Part 3: Black plays an early …Qb6
  5. Part 4: Transposing to the Exchange Caro-Kann
  6. Part 5: Black develops his bishop with 5…Bg4 or 5…Bf5
  7. Part 6: Black plays …c5, …e6 and …Be7
  8. Part 7: Black tries the modern lines with …Nh5
  9. Part 8: Black plays the main line with 6…Bd6
  10. Part 9: Various second moves for Black after 1…Nf6 2.Bf4
  11. Part 10: Black plays 1…Nf6 2.Bf4 e6
  12. Part 11: Grünfeld and King’s Indian Systems
  13. Part 12: Dutch Defence, other 1st moves & conclusion