The London System is a chess opening when playing with the White pieces that has experienced a huge surge in popularity in recent years. It is suitable for any level of chess player and provides arguably one of the highest cost/benefit openings to learn for any aspiring player. Even the World chess champion and other Grandmasters use this opening with great success at any time control. With this course, you can learn all about the very popular London system chess opening with FIDE CM Kingscrusher.
Many example games are from leading exponents such as US Grandmaster Gata Kamsky and the current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen. The use of 2.Bf4 is seen as the most modern treatment of the London system retaining a great flexibility of options and good ability to handle an early attack by Black on the b2 square which Bf4 left behind. Through annotated games and exploration of key variations, this course gives great insights to be able to play the London system against anything the player with the Black pieces uses.
The use of "Systems" generally is not a new thing. Bobby Fischer in his early years used the Kings' Indian attack system. Bent Larsen used 1.b3. Julian Hodgson won many British champions with his pet Trompowsky. The London "System" means that there is less need to memorise lots of sharp variations, and you can get a comfortable position fairly easily. This, in turn, means you can focus on improving other aspects of your chess, such as more time for tactics training or endgame learning. To be effective at chess means becoming a balanced player in many aspects of chess. If the burden of opening theory is less, then you can spend more time improving other "weak links" within your chess understanding - and hopefully, bring all the links to the same level so you are not let down by a particular area.
By having the London system under your belt, you can focus on improving your chess overall - and better results and more enjoyment of the game will undoubtedly result from such an approach.
Tryfon Gavriel – FIDE Chess Candidate Master
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