Top 5 Chess Opening TRAPS in the London System!

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the top 5 chess opening traps in the London System for White. The London System is a chess opening for White that can be used against virtually any Black defense, where White usually plays the following setup: 1.d4 2.Nf3 3.Bf4 4.e3 5.c3.

The London System opening is extremely popular nowadays mainly because of its simplicity and the rock-solid pawn structure for White in the center.

These traps are of high quality, meaning that you don’t play any bad moves, desperately hoping for your opponent to fall for the traps. Rather, you play very solid moves so you get a great position even if your opponents don’t fall for the traps.

Whether you play the London System as White, or wish to give it a shot after watching this, or want to be aware of this trap as Black, you’re going to love this video lesson!

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00:00 Top 5 Chess Opening Traps in London System
00:56 Trap-1: Mainline of the London System
01:59 Exploiting Black’s weakness
05:25 White’s nasty checkmating attack
06:23 Trap-2: If Black tries to push e5
09:12 Trap-3: Deadly kingside attack
10:56 GM Smirnov won 3 games with this trap
12:45 Trap-4: If Black develops Bg4 earlier
14:10 Reversed Cambridge Springs Trap
15:38 Trap-5: If Black plays symmetrically
18:58 Puzzle of the day: can you find the win?

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94 Comments

  1. Useful traps. All we have to do is Remember it. Can we have traps in kings Indian defence,Pirc,kings Indian attack. Thanks

  2. not covering the another black set up black plays inverted blackmar deimer ?? ie like chigoring defense lol

  3. Rd4 the queen any way qh2 is mate and rook take queen so qh2 is mate.. thanks sir

  4. Just love the way you do these videos, perfect in every way 🙂

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  6. Whenever i use this system, my formations get disrupted after i put my dark square bishop there. And then i suffer a bitter defeat

  7. Puzzle : rook a7+, Queen takes,rook a5,exchange queens on A6,rook a6#

  8. 5:14 That rook lift is risky. You're going to hang your queen. Black might put pressure to counter it with his rook.

  9. This video is so inspiring. Thanks for the traps

  10. Very usefull traps but can we have traps on colle opening and kings indian? Ty

  11. You re a gift to cheese, and chesse is a gift to me,,))

  12. Hi Igor, here's my solution:
    Rxa7 Qxa7 Qxa7 ra5#

    Thanks for your videos. I enjoyed it.

  13. RxR RxR any other move by black would-be mate next move
    R to f8 – Q to F4
    RxQ any move by black
    R to f8 black cannot stop mate
    RxR KxR as long as Black rook is not at B8 next move is mate
    Q to B7
    This is how I would finish.

  14. 17:28 If you re-capture the pawn on b5 with the white bishop, using the pinned pawn on the a-file, you allow black to capture your knight on b1. If you re-capture with your Rook, you unpin the pawn and black will take your b5 Bishop. So black kind of forces you to trade your white squared bishop for the Knight on d7. So after the pawn re-capture on b5 you sort of release the pressure you had on black? I'm not sure though. The position ends equal i think with white's knight on e5. But white's bishop is gone and that is quite an important piece.

  15. When we started playing chess roadside in our post student era as unemployed youth, I can remember, we used to play this opening without knowing it's name. We called this opening as 'Temple' Opening looking at its temple-like pawn structure.

  16. Rf5 to d5
    Q to f4
    K to g8
    Now whatever black plays…
    next comes Qa7

  17. Rxa7+ wins though after qxa7 , Ra5 bye-bye

  18. Now I know why most of players used this variation.Especially in blitz

  19. I get frustrated playing the london system because they always take the bishop even when I move down, and they always move their white bishop down to take my knight on F3 and it throws my game plan off. Also the Queen coming to B6 frustrates me as well, throwing me off while I"m trying to learn how to play my game plan. I've watched so many London games from many different GM's and they all play differently and still win while one wrong move of mine sends me to purgatory lol. Anyone got a shoulder to cry on…

  20. Wtf i watched the first trap, and as black I could play f5 and Qg6. Im a beginner. I’m actually disappointed.

  21. Most people take the bishop on g3 in my games. I'm only 1000 elo, and I win 80 percent of the time when they do

  22. I will start playing the London system just to try these haha

  23. 19:05 Puzzle: took b8. If king takes queen c7 is mate. If black decides to take back with bishop, rook f8 pinning blacks rook to the king again. If black decides to move their rook again off the b file to take, queen b7 is still mate, and if he decides to play anything else, rook takes on b8, king takes back, and queen c7 is once again mate

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