The London System (Lemos Deep Dive vol 2)
The London System is a chess opening that usually starts with the moves 1.d4 and 2.Bf4 or 2.Nf3 & 3.Bf4 by white.
This flexible opening system is a weapon that you can use against virtually any black defense and thus comprises a smaller body of opening theory than many other openings.
The London System is one of the Queen’s Pawn openings where white begins with the move 1.d4 but doesn’t play the Queen’s Gambit. It normally results in a closed game.
The London System (Main Moves)
The most common move order in which the London System opening arises to the board is 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4.
In this case, Black has responded to White’s first move 1.d4 with one of the most popular moves, which could lead to very complicated opening positions such as the King’s Indian Defense, Queen’s Indian Defense, Benko Gambit, Budapest Gambit, etc, but White’s second move 2.Bf4 immediately sets the stage for the London System, instead.
Another common move order in which White could choose to develop the London System opening is 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4.
This time, Black has responded to White’s first move with the move d5, which could lead to some of the main lines of the Queen’s Gambit such as The Slav Defense, The Albin Counter-gambit, etc.
But White’s second and third move again, avoid any of those well-known theoretical lines and sets the stage for The London System.
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- Ideas behind the London System: Kamsky-Steingrimsson
- 6…Bd6 variation: Grischuk-Wang Hao
- Symmetrical variation: Carlsen-Giri
- Slaying the Slav setup: Grischuk-Bartel
- Queenside control: Kramnik-Dubov
- Beating the …g6 systems: Grachev-Kyc
- Punishing the …c5 break: Torre-Srivachirawat
- Taking down targets: Prie-Martin Alvarez
- Reducing Black’s counterplay: Sandipan-Arun Prasad
- Dealing with …Qb6: Ni-Igonin
- Early Queen exchange: Kamsky-Tokarev and Grachev-Ivanov
- Tricky ideas: Miles-Minasian
- Instructive miniatures: Berkes-Czebe and Sedlak-Hobber
- Powerful attacks: Chernyshov-Gayer and Chernyshov-Series
Enjoy the journey to a whole new level in your chess game!