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This game was also from a simul in ICC. This time my opponent was IM Vojislav Milanovic and the time control was 60|60. I think he was playing against 23 players at the same time and he had a record of 9w/0d/0l after my loss. I don't know the finishing record.
I'm playing against him as black again in 7 minutes :) Let's see if he will play the London again.
I must say, I'm not 100% certain about the ...Bb7 system against London system, but I guess it would make sense for me if I had a Nimzo/Queens Indian kind of repertoire. I can speak from experience that a quick ...Nc6 and ...e5 at appropriate times usually messes up London System / Stonewall attack plans
London system never looked dangerous to me but in this game even if I didn't blunder, I ended up pretty bad after white's f3-e4-e5 advances. I should look at these games in Cox's book. Thanks for the comments, very helpful as always :)
John Cox (Dealing with d4 deviations) says of the London sytem "It would be silly not to be honest - this is not the sharpest opening chess has to offer. White's system is immensely solid and I'm afraid Black just doesn't have a sound aggressive option. These openings do exist: the only reaction really is to hunker down, recall the Russian mantra that it is easier to win from an equal position than a bad one, and resolve to make like Capablanca if necessary"
I've never really played London system as white, but I have often ventured the "Stonewall Attack" - sort of like a Dutch Defence reversed where you start with 1.d4 but play subsequent f4, e3, Bd3, Nbd2, Ngf3 and then O-O and launch a K-side attack. The people who smash my system easily have usually played for early ...e5. Usually this is preceded by ...Nc6
However John Cox's book advocates a Queens Indian Defence sort of set-up and references:Neuzil, Torey (1864) vs. Nepsen, Roland (2206) 2003 http://www.365chess.com/game.php?gid=39857, an internet blitz game by low ranking playersDavid Bronstein vs Alexey Vyzmanavin 1991 http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1035049Milorad Knezevic vs Dragoljub Velimirovic 1978 http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1291345 which reaches London system positions by transposition
Gawd - whoever said the London system was a pushover, huh? Good game, though. I might have to dig up my anti-KID material.
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