The London System Chess Opening – IM Andrew Martin
Foxy DVD Series – Vol 75
On this DVD, IM Andrew Martin will teach you this very solid and sound opening system. You will learn typical queen side attacking plans which White uses against all of Black’s systems.
This opening for White has been played on the highest level and is difficult for Black to meet. This is an easy-to-learn chess opening and recommended for all levels.
The most attractive attribute of the London System is that you can play it against nearly anything Black responds with – massively reducing the amount of time spent studying openings.
White plays 1.d4, 2.Bf4 and either 3.e3 or 3.Nf3. We end up with a strong pawn on d4, well protected by e3, without blocking in our dark-squared bishop. This gives us harmonious development and no real targets for Black.
About the Author:
Andrew David Martin is an English chess player and author with the title of international master. Martin has won various national and international tournaments. He has been playing for years in the Four Nations Chess League.
Martin received his international master title in 1984. He earned his first grandmaster norm in the British Championship of 1997 in Brighton. He was a commentator on the chess world championship between Kasparov and Kramnik in 2000.
On February 21st of 2004, IM Martin set a new world record for simultaneous chess games, as he played against 321 opponents at the same time. His result was: 294 wins, 26 draws and only one loss. Martin is also known as a professional chess teacher and head trainer of the English youth team.
How is this course going to help me?
As you learn how to play the London System, you’ll notice you can choose the type of positions you end up in too. If you’re a sharp, tactical player, you will find there are many ways to force the game into those waters.
If you prefer a Karpov-Style positional squeeze then you’ll love the rich Queenside strategies available too.
If you want to learn a clever opening system that even Kramnik (2808 Elo) has now decided to turn to, The London System with GM Damian Lemos is the perfect course for you.
The London System can be a very powerful weapon to surprise your opponents and unleash unexpected attacks against their king.
Unlike the Colle System, White develops his dark-squared bishop outside the pawn chain. White’s next few moves depend on the setup that Black chooses.
Usually, White plays 1.d4, 2.Bf4 and either 3.e3 or 3.Nf3. White ends up with a strong pawn on d4, well protected by e3, without blocking in the dark-squared bishop.
If studied well, the London System can also serve as a strong psychological weapon.
Thanks to the latest developments, the London System definitely carries some theoretical bite in many lines.
Finally, there are several setups for Black which are a lot less common and not played that frequently.
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