Webinar 20. How to Beat London System

Webinar 20. How to Beat London System

FM Gertsog

My Dear Chess Friends!

Do you like to play against 1.d4? As for me, I really enjoy the positions I can get there. After 1.d4 white usually has 2 options:

  • To play 2.c4 and start Queen’s Gambit or Catalan Opening
  • To play 2.Bf4 or 2.Nf3 and choose London System

Why do people play London? It’s well-known that if black plays properly, white doesn’t get any advantage in London System. That’s why the question why players choose this opening is quite logical. I think the reason is that it’s easy to learn this opening – move the bishop to f4, and then play e3 and c4 to support d4.

Some of my students also asked me to teach them to play London System, because it’s difficult for them to learn the lines. But when you play London, you have almost nothing to learn.

The other reason why people play London is that not every player knows how to defend against London System. But what is more important black doesn’t know what plan to apply in the middlegame. And this is where white can obtain an advantage.

I know how to play against London System and successfully played several games in this opening as black. For example, I outplayed IM Vladan Rabrenovic giving him no chance. That’s why I decided to share with you how to play against London System on my next webinar!

I want to invite you to my 20th webinar: “How to Beat London System”. On this webinar I’m not only going to share my experience of playing this opening, but will explain how to play in this or that modification of this line based on what GMs play. One of the best experts of how to play against London System is GM Matthias Bluebaum from Germany. And partially my analysis is based on his games!

The webinar starts on Sunday (9th of February) at 10 a.m. (EST), 3 p.m. (GMT), 6 p.m. (Moscow time). This webinar is free.

Please, register for the webinar with this link:

Please, don’t forget to register in advance and reserve your spot in case of high number of attendees.

If you attend such webinar for the first time – please, read the information below:

What to expect from the webinar?

I’m going to conduct this webinar as a group and interactive chess lesson. I prepared questions and exercises for you and I want you to suggest the moves, plans and share your ideas on the webinar.

Why group lessons are important?
I’m studying and teaching chess for many years and I’m absolutely sure that the key to success in chess depends on proper training methods. That’s why I have no doubts that a training program for almost any student should consist of:

  • Individual lessons (where the coach tries to explain and correct mistakes that the student makes)
  • Puzzles solving (can be part of the lesson or a homework)
  • Group lessons (where students may learn openings and typical plans that can be applied in certain types of positions. Group lessons also help to analyze common mistakes that many students make. And of course, group lessons increase competition between students and stimulate them to get ahead of each other!)
  • Tournament games (why not online games? Because, only tournament games keep you concentrated from the beginning to the very end of the game. This is where you can improve)

See you on the webinar!
FM Victor Neustroev