Tips And Tricks Of The London System

Tips And Tricks Of The London System‎

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Grandmaster Aman Hambleton has played both sides of the London System for years. He knows that many players try the London to reach an easy-to-play, quiet position, but there are tricks for both sides that can win quickly against an unprepared opponent.

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Tips And Tricks Of The London System: Bxh7 GM Aman Hambleton demonstrates a devastating trick that has won him many games in his favorite opening, the London System. In quiet-looking positions, watch out for Bxh7+, a trap that has even caught top grandmasters.

Tips And Tricks Of The London System: Common Structures What happens in the London system when queens face off on the b-file? GM Hambleton demonstrates the key idea of forcing the opponent to capture your queen to give you doubled b-pawns and a half-open a-file. Both sides can use this trick, so pay close attention, and you can win a lot of games!

Tips And Tricks Of The London System: Black Fianchetto    

How can Black cause serious problems for an inflexible London System player? GM Hambleton recommends an early g6-setup with c5xd4 and an e7-e5 break to throw a wrench into White's plans. If you play the London with White, don't worry, he has recommendations for you here as well!

Tips And Tricks Of The London System: Early b2 Attack What should you do if Black attempts to steal a pawn quickly on b2? Traditional theory thinks there's likely to be a forced draw, but GM Hambleton demonstrates some tricky ideas for both sides. Once again, GM Hambleton has key ideas to challenge anyone too stuck in their ways.

Tips And Tricks Of The London System: Random Moves What tricks do you need to learn as early as move two in the London System? Find out what rare but dangerous moves GM Hambleton has faced and used himself in the London. Catch your opponents or be ready to diffuse these tricks in your own games.

Do you have experience on either side of the London? Let us know if it worked for you in the comments!

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