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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77 Comments

  1. with the London system i always end up in a good middle game but i don't what to do after that but now💀

  2. I didn't know this was called the London System. I play my pawns and knights in a similar way. I was just trying new things in games. I've seen the set up many times on the black side, where you have pawn-bishop-knight-pawn or some variation. What is this system called? I need to learn how to defend against it better.

  3. at 6:18 black can move either pawns in front of king and stop mate, right ??

  4. Qxa7+, Qxa7, Rxa7+, Kxa7, Ra5++. Rook on b8 keeps king from moving and pawn has b7 covered so king is mated

  5. Re5
    Is quite disturbing
    If he tried to take with the rook or the queen it's a mate

  6. Awesome video man. I just started learning about two weeks ago.. still not sure what to study but just been gathering how people think about the game in different positions so far.

  7. Great video! Excellent breakdown of the London. I'll watch this a few more times to absorb properly but this is some well thought out stuff!

  8. Puzzle: 1. Ra7 Qa7 2. Ra5 Black has no defense.

  9. Great to see all comments are about The Game and not about the cat in background

  10. Is not there like 3 solution to final puzzle? 😂😂 Rxa7 wins ra5 wins and even rfb5 wins. And even qxa7 qxa7 rxa7 … Ra5#

  11. You are the best chess youtuber hands down. Your content is incredibly informative, you present that information in a very logical and easy to consume manner, and you take into account the bad moves that nearly all players below 2100 will fall into and you give that relevant information the proper focus and detail that it deserves. I specifically appreciate the way you are able to show us all of the different lines without making it confusing, they're just natural continuations and alterations to the greater game.

  12. Of all the youtubers. . . This channel is so calm, informative and delightful to watch. Great work.

  13. ► Chapters

    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?

  14. I was impressed by the Greek gift + tethered goat Queen sliding over from a4 to h4, something I'm not alert to enough.
    Thank you very much, I know that you put a lot of effort into these.

  15. Very interesting video. However nowadays 2.Nf3 is hardly played and 2.Bf4 is played

  16. What's the correct solution for the puzzle at the end?

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