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How to beat the London System ?

How to beat the london system 

Máté Jánosik

Máté Jánosik 6 months ago


First, you have to understand that you can't expect to win straight from the opening (unless your opponent plays dubious). Your goal is to develop your pieces, castle and fight for the center. The real fight comes in the middlegame and maybe in the endgame.

Against the London System You can play the Grunfeld setup with d5, Nf6, g6, Bg7, b6, Bb7, c5, Nc6. It's pretty easy to learn and your plan is Qc8-Ba6, then advancee on the queenside.

The other setup I recommend (and i play) is 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. Nf3 e6 4. e3 Bd6
5. Bg3 O-O 6. Bd3 b6 then Bb7 and don't let White play e4.

Then there is 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 c5 and if you play Nf6 (Benko which is recommended here, or any others) apart from d5 you can play 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 c5 3. e3 Qb6 hitting b2.

Hope this helps and if you have questions email me or write here.

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 6 months ago

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GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 6 months ago

Quite large question:) 
In the course playing against d4 sidelines, after trompovsky, the 2nd section gonna be betaing London system :)