The London System: Essential Theory, TRAPS to Win Fast

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The London System chess opening became widely popular in the last 10 years or so. Therefore, you definitely have to be ready to face it, at least when you are playing Black. And maybe after watching this video, you would consider playing it as White after learning about the different ways to crush Black. 🙂

The London System arises after the moves like this: 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.e3 and then 5.c3. In this setup, the rock-solid pawn structure in the center really secures White from any early attacks by Black.

Also, the setup can be played virtually against any replies of Black, which makes it appealing for a lot of players to play it as White, as you don’t need to study any theory. White can simply play the same setup over and over again.

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov teaches you the general theory of this opening for White, key attacking ideas, interesting traps, and also, how to play the London System as Black.

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00:00 Introduction
00:18 What is the London System?
01:07 Game-1: Sharp attack
03:33 Game-2: Deadly trap
05:03 The winning continuation
06:52 Even Carlsen fell for this trap
08:14 Trap the Black’s queen
09:01 Another trap if Black plays Qxb2
11:11 Bxh7+ sac and tactical ideas
15:05 How to play against the London System as Black?
18:12 The double pin
20:39 Final quiz for you

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  1. ► Chapters

    00:00 Introduction

    00:18 What is the London System?

    01:07 Game-1: Sharp attack

    03:33 Game-2: Deadly trap

    05:03 The winning continuation

    06:52 Even Carlsen fell for this trap

    08:14 Trap the Black's queen

    09:01 Another trap if Black plays Qxb2

    11:11 Bxh7+ sac and tactical ideas

    15:05 How to play against the London System as Black?

    18:12 The double pin

    20:39 Final quiz for you

  2. Bf7+ Kxf7 followed by Ng5+. If King goes to e8 or f8, Ne6 wins the Queen. If King goes to g8, Ne6 Qf8 followed by Nxc2 wins the rook.

  3. Ok, Maby the idea is Bxf7+ Kxf7 and now Ng5 + try to jump to e6 and attack the Queen and now c7 is under attack what wins the quality!?

  4. Nice video.Thanks for sharing.i love to play london.

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