Tricky Chess Opening Against the London System – Every Move Is A TRAP!

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the trappiest chess opening variation for Black against the London System. The London System is a chess opening system where White plays 1.d4, 2.Bf4, and then have a pyramid of central pawns with e3 and c3.

You can counter the London System with 2…c5, striking in the center. This variation is really tricky and Black sets a lot of deadly traps almost every move. A lot of the players who play the London System as White are unfamiliar with this variation and fall for these traps!

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00:00 Deadly Trap Against the London System
00:44 Play 2…c5, preparing the queen jump
01:29 1) If White plays Qc2
02:34 Trap against a chess noob
03:06 Trap against an advanced player
03:42 2) If White plays Qb3
05:39 Deadly trap to beat a chess nerd!
07:13 Can you find the winning move?
07:50 3) If White plays 3.d5

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59 Comments

  1. After the move pawn to c5, what if white pawn captures the c5 pawn how would you go about then?

  2. 4 system players London did not like this video

  3. At 1:44 White is not threatening Qxc8# mate as Black can retreat his Queen to d8.

  4. At 1:46 its not check mate.
    Its only check sing your queen can still get back and defend your king.

  5. Near 8:08min, after d5, Qb6 what does black play if white simply plays Bc1 ?

  6. Had my best win with this. Against 1820 ELO player

  7. E5 forking the bishop and knight and then Qa5 check wins a piece

  8. The move is e5. If bishop takes then Qa5+ and we pick up the bishop. If he moves one of the pieces, we take the other one with the pawn

  9. actually i have a question. what if the white pawn from d4 captures the black pawn immediately?

  10. in the "can you find the winning move?" section, i think pawn e5 attacking both minor pieces (bishop & knight) and if bishop takes then you go Qa5+ then u pickup the bishop and threaten the knight

  11. Hi Igor, many thanks for your videos, they have really helped me crush people 😂 I have a question if you can help, is it possible to play c5 first and then play the knight as 2nd move? Thank you!

  12. e5! Thanks for the video, very well explained, thumps up with the channel!

  13. ► Chapters

    00:00 Deadly Trap Against the London System

    00:44 Play 2…c5, preparing the queen jump

    01:29 1) If White plays Qc2

    02:34 Trap against a chess noob

    03:06 Trap against an advanced player

    03:42 2) If White plays Qb3

    05:39 Deadly trap to beat a chess nerd!

    07:13 Can you find the winning move?

    07:50 3) If White plays 3.d5

  14. Pawn e5 forking the knight and bishop if bishop capture queen e5 check and grab the bishop

  15. The move is e5. If bishoop takes then Qa5+. If he moves one of the pieces, take the other one with the pawn

  16. Winning move is e5! Forking the two pieces and When Bxe5 you have Qa5+

  17. Very very thankful too you, now I will have a great weapons against london enjoyers!!!

  18. Black wins a piece with 4. … e5 5.Bxe5 Qa5+ picking up the bishop.

  19. thank u so much because of levy too many london systems these days

  20. I’m just learning, but these videos have made a difference. I’m at about two months since I started. I can beat the 1200-1400 bots now.

  21. The pown fork and recapture with qween after check.

  22. Hi Igor, I enjoy your videos and I find the content and your method of presentation one of the best chess educational series available. One question, I have been utilizing your instruction video from about 6 months ago using the using 2…c6 against the London and would like your view on which method you would use against a London player (a Noob like me) in a rapid or blitz game if you were forced to choose. Thanks again for all the great content! Larry

  23. 7:50 e5 forking the knight and bishop, if Bxe5 Qa5+ wins the bishop anyway

  24. I was thinking e5 because of the queen check getting the bishop so it s a fork

  25. I always like your content but SURELY you know that playing e3 instead of c3 in the London is the most common move order. Maybe make the same trap video with that.

  26. This opening is only good for beginners. I just crushed this Black's opening as white

  27. 3. e3, Qb6
    4. Knight a3 preparing Knight b5
    Trap the queen of blacks not careful or fork the rook and king

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