The London System by GM Damian Lemos
The London System is a chess opening that usually arises after 1.d4 and 2.Bf4, or 2.Nf3 and 3.Bf4. It is a "system" opening that can be used against virtually any black defense and thus comprises a smaller body of opening theory than many other openings.
The London is a set of solid lines where after 1.d4 White quickly develops his dark-squared bishop to f4 and normally bolsters his center with pawns on c3 and e3 rather than expanding. Although it has the potential for a quick kingside attack, the white forces are generally flexible enough to engage in a battle anywhere on the board. Historically it developed into a system mainly from three variations:
• 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4
• 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4
• 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4
"There is one opening that shines above all others when comparing reward payout to the input effort," says Zhigen Lin. "It is relatively quick to learn and obscure enough that even titled opponents may not have a proper antidote lined up." He is - of course - talking about the London System, popularized by the London BCF Congress Tournament of 1922.
Learning the London system is not hard, and it can be an essential arrow in your quiver!
All you need is a set of videos by an experienced GM and, of course, a lot of practice!
Damian Lemos became a chess Grandmaster at 18 and won the Gold Medal at the Pan-American Games U-20 in Colombia. Damian is an active player: he participated in the Gibraltar Open this year. He is well-known for his video series, which are famous for clarity, being to the point and indicated for beginners and intermediate players.
In this series, GM Lemos offers you his point of view on the London System, and watching the videos will bring you to the next level!
Video 1 - The importance of move order
Video 2 - Queen vs. Queen confrontation
Video 3 - In the center of the Action!
Video 4 - The London System in Slav Structures
Video 5 - How to play the pre-endgame as White
Video 6 - A new idea in the London 8.Bb5!?
Video 7 - Deep into the line 8.Bb5!?
Video 8 - Castle delay
Video 9 - Aggressive gambit!
Video 10 - How to face Black's aggressiveness in the King's Indian
Video 11 - The London pre-endgame #1
Video 12 - The London pre-endgame #2
That's the INTRO + 12 videos in total with 5 hours of video instruction!
An interactive training session in ICC's Learning Center based on the course material.
Challenging Puzzles: 32 puzzles in PGN format for you to practice and sharpen your skills.
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