Destroying the Dutch: 2. Nc3 and the Jobava Attack

Destroying the Dutch: 2. Nc3 and the Jobava Attack

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Jul 16, 2018

I've got some interesting new posts planned both on the London system and on other things. In the meantime, this is a repost of a post from the pre-front page days (it has a whopping 242 views to date - let's see whether you guys can beat thi...

London System vs. the Benoni: 3. d5

London System vs. the Benoni: 3. d5

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Jul 4, 2018

Last week we started looking at how White can respond to the Benoni move 1. d4, Nf6 2. Bf4, c5 with 3. e3 and 3. dxe5. This week I'll look at the main recommendation, 3. d5, and try to come to some conclusions (at least for myself) as to which is ...

London System vs. the Benoni: 3. e3 and 3. dxc5!?

London System vs. the Benoni: 3. e3 and 3. dxc5!?

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Jun 29, 2018

It is widely thought by experts that the critical test of the "Neo-London" with 1. d4, Nf6, 2. Bf4 is the Benoni move 2...c5. In this two-part post I want to look at how White can play against this and to try to come to some conclusions (at least ...

London System: Dealing with ...Bg4

London System: Dealing with ...Bg4

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Jun 24, 2018

A few weeks ago we looked at White's best play when Black plays the copycat with ...Bf5 (see here). In the meantime I visited London for some philosophy, but now it's time to look at another way in which Black can surprise White: by p...

London System: Dealing with ...Bf5

London System: Dealing with ...Bf5

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Apr 29, 2018

Most players who take up the London System are probably attracted to the kingside play one gets in the main line where Black plays ...e6, shutting in his own bishop. Relatedly, one of the most common questions beginners ask in the comments of Lond...

London System: An Overview of Books

London System: An Overview of Books

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Apr 5, 2018

This is the first post on a new series on the popular London System. I've written about an interesting way to play London against g6 setups before (see here, here, here, and here). However, this series won't really be on mainstream theor...

Sicilian Defense, Basman-Sale Variation!?

Sicilian Defense, Basman-Sale Variation!?

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Mar 26, 2018

I don't play the Sicilian in live play. However, as I've written about before (see here), I find great value in playing opening-specific daily tournaments. In Round 2 of the recent Sicilian Defense Cup, I had lots of tough matches, but ultimately ...

London & Bf4 Against the Pirc

London & Bf4 Against the Pirc

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Feb 13, 2018

When you put together a London system repertoire you have to choose what to do against the KID/Grünfeld, g6-setups. One way is to play it in typical London fashion with Bf4, Nf3, e3/c3, h3, and focus on the queenside. This is recommended in...

Jobava Attack as the Main Weapon

Jobava Attack as the Main Weapon

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Jan 1, 2018

Happy New Year Everybody!  I thought I'd kick it off with a post on an opening which I'm sure we'll see a lot this year, the Jobava (or Jobava-Prie) Attack (d4+Bf4+Nc3). It's related to both the London (d4+Bf4+e3&c3) and the Veresov ...

Italian, Two Knights Defense, Ulvestad Variation!?

Italian, Two Knights Defense, Ulvestad Variation!?

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Dec 14, 2017

Sometimes the main line of an opening is really well known, but there is a secondary line that is very dangerous unless your opponent knows the refutation. One example is the Ruy Lopez, Marshall Attack, Steiner Variation which I wrote about here. ...

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