Practice the London System

Practice the London System

Learn openings in a new way!

This course will teach you the fun, trendy London System by giving a series of instructive puzzles. You can work your way through these key strategic and tactical positions until you are ready to win with the London in your own games! Get started with the London or sharpen your attacking play today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Learn the common tactics and sacrifices in the London!
  • Learn the key positional ideas of the opening!
  • Learn the key traps to set and which to avoid each game!



Kovacevic - Tokaji

Kovacevic - Tokaji

One of the greatest specialists in the London System is the Serbian Grandmaster, Vlatko Kovacevic.
1 Challenge
Blatny - Seifried

Blatny - Seifried

Pavel Blatny likes to play Queen's Pawns Games as they lead to original positions in which he can use his raw tactical talent.
3 Challenges
Kovacevic - Fressinet

Kovacevic - Fressinet

Many players can attack, but far fewer can obtain the positions from which to do so. A lot of this is about getting as many pieces as possible into the kill zone.
1 Challenge
Hartston - Lawton

Hartston - Lawton

The outpost squares that arise out of the London system offers the side that possesses them an advantage. And knowing what to do with these outposts is an art in itself.
2 Challenges
Kovacevic - Martos

Kovacevic - Martos

When Queen's Pawn Games are played at club level, one thing I've noticed is that Black often plays ...c5-c4. The problem with this is that White no longer has to worry about defending the d4 Pawn which would not be the case if Black's c-Pawn were still on c5. This makes it much easier for him to advance in the centre, as we'll see in this example.
1 Challenge
Kovacevic - Palau

Kovacevic - Palau

Black often feels obliged to exchange on d4 in the London System, but this tends to be quite useful for White if he then gets to operate along the half open e-file. This example features this theme.
2 Challenges
Lein - Maki

Lein - Maki

Players often think of just piece play when they're attacking, but often it's just Pawn levers that do the real damage.
1 Challenge
Petrosian - Chistiakov

Petrosian - Chistiakov

The former World Champion, Tigran Petrosian, was renowned for his strategic insight. In this example he conducts a masterful campaign on Black's weakened dark squares.
2 Challenges
Bronstein - Thorsteinsson

Bronstein - Thorsteinsson

David Bronstein often played the London System, which contradicts the commonly held view that it's a dull opening. Here we see some typical Bronstein fireworks against a young Icelandic player.
2 Challenges
Blatny - Sutter

Blatny - Sutter

One interesting London System idea is to delay the obvious idea of castling on the Kingside so as to be able to advance Pawns over there. Here we see a direct attack using this theme.
6 Challenges
Tseitlin - Leismann

Tseitlin - Leismann

Wilhelm Steinitz argued that a castled position was at its strongest when there were no Pawns moved in front of it. Once the Pawns do move it becomes much easier for it to be opened up, either with a piece sacrifice or Pawn levers. Here we see a good example.
7 Challenges
Hort - Dueckstein

Hort - Dueckstein

Another noteworthy idea in the London System is to play c4-c5 at the right moment and put pressure on the Queenside. In this example we see this theme together with a neat tactical twist.
3 Challenges
Yusupov - Fuller

Yusupov - Fuller

When adopting the London System against the King's Indian Defence, the key piece is White's dark square Bishop, bearing down on the h2-b8 diagonal. In this example we see a World class player use it to great effect.
3 Challenges
Spassky - Bukic

Spassky - Bukic

Here we see a World Champion in action with the London system and a theme very similar to Yusupov - Fuller.
3 Challenges
Bronstein - Zuidema

Bronstein - Zuidema

Once again we see David Bronstein in action and making the London System look like an attacking line. This time Black has obtained 'hanging Pawns' on d5 and c5, which in itself is not necessarily a bad thing. But here the rest of his position is badly damaged.
3 Challenges

Practice the London System

Openings
15 Lessons
No Videos
40 Challenges
Released May 15, 2019
30,867 Students