The London system

Sep 8, 2011, 3:31 AM |

 The London system is a complex of chess openings, which involves some basic variations. In this article I'll reveal some basic info on the London System, as well as show you the 3 basic variations.


The London System
     The London system is a system that involves related chess openings that usually begin with 1.d4 followed by an early Bf4. The pros of TLS (The London System) is that it requires little knowledge on opening theory and normally results in a Closed Game
   These are the ordinary variations, however if you are clever enough you can develop more:


 These are the 3 basic variations of the London System. It can be developed more. For those that don't have Java and can't see the board, here's the move sheet:
  • 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4
  • 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4

 This system gives white a solid position in the beginning.  Vlatko Kovačević and David Bronstein are among the sharp tactical players who have played the London System. This is pretty much everything there is to say about it. I for one play the London System as well, and if played properly can lead to a great position. It's also notable that it works great against the queen indian defense and it's great for beginners looking for a solid opening


  As for my next article, I'm going to have a special post about the computer technology behind chess : How chess programs are made, and how they work.