The London System, which for a long time had the reputation of a rather harmless sideline, has developed into a very popular opening, and World Champion Magnus Carlsen is only one of many top players who play it regularly. The London System indeed suits the modern approach to openings very well: White does not necessarily strive for an opening advantage but is content to develop his pieces and hopes to outplay his opponent in the middlegame. However, the London System is more dangerous than it seems and if Black is not careful he can easily wind up in a bad position. Theory develops fast today, even in less concrete systems.

On this DVD GM Yannick Pelletier offers Black a repertoire against the London System that you can employ no matter which opening (Systems with d5, systems with g6, Queen’s Indian, Queen’s Gambit, Benoni, Benko, Dutch) you usually play against 1.d4 followed by 2.c4. Thematic games explain and illustrate the theory and ideas of the repertoire Pelletier proposes. At the end of the DVD you are invited to test your knowledge. The author pauses at key moments and asks you to find and to play the best move, after which he gives feedback. A database with carefully selected and annotated games helps you to understand and play the opening better and to counter the London System with success.

• Video running time: 4 h 50 min (English)
• Interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Model Games with annotation by the author
• Including CB 14 Reader


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • 01: Introduction [12:17]
  • Systems with g6
  • 01: London g6 - Theory - 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 and 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 0-0 [19:30]
  • 02: Ballmann,M - Cvitan,O - 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 d6 5.h3 0-0 6.Be2 c5 [12:57]
  • 03: Harikrishna,P - Sasikiran,K - 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Qd2 0-0 [07:34]
  • Systems with d5
  • 01: Theory 1 - Early Nf3 - 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nbd2/c3 [22:32]
  • 02: Theory 2 - Delayed Nf3- 1-d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.c3 Nf6 5.Nd2 Bf5 [14:03]
  • 03: Kovacevic,V - Ribli,Z - 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.c3 Qb6 6.Qb3 c4 [13:26]
  • 04: Indjic,A - Fridman,D - 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 Qb6 6.dxc5 Qxb2 [12:01]
  • 05: Eljanov,P - Ponomariov,R - 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c4 3.e4 dxe4 4.d5 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Qe2 g6 [09:12]
  • 06: Iordachescu,V - Bluebaum,M - 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 d5 3.e3 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nd2 Bf5 6.Qb3 Qc8 [11:35]
  • Queen's Indian
  • 01: Theory Queen's Indian - 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 b6 4.e3 Bb7 5.Nbd2 Be7 [14:21]
  • 02: Mueller,M - Kunin,V - 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Be7 5.Bd3 0-0 6.Nbd2 cxd4 [11:54]
  • Queen's Gambit
  • 01: Theory Queen's Gambit - 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 d5 and 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 d5 [21:38]
  • 02: Kindermann,S - Adams,M - 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nd2 Bd6 5.Bg3 0-0 [09:58]
  • 03: Nabaty,T - Rakhmanov,A - 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bxd6 Qxd6 [13:27]
  • Systems with c5 and f5
  • 01: Benoni/Benko - 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 c5 3.e3 and 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 [06:14]
  • 02: Dutch - 1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 g6 and 1.d4 f5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 [12:33]
  • Conclusion/Test Section
  • 01: Conclusion [03:06]
  • 02: Question 1 [04:40]
  • 03: Questions 2 +3 [07:57]
  • 04: Question 4 + 5 [06:55]
  • 05: Question 6 [03:57]
  • 06: Question 7 [03:02]
  • 07: Questions 8 - 10 [11:31]
  • 08: Question 11 [08:06]
  • 09: Question 12 [02:29]
  • 10: Question 13 [05:00]
  • 11: Question 14 [03:16]
  • 12: Kharlov,A - Sadler,M [04:42]

Dutch Defence

After 1.d4 f5 we have the Dutch Defence. It is not as popular as the Queen’s Gambit (1...d5 2.c4) or the Indian defences (1...Nf6), but there is one thing the three moves have in common: Black would like to prevent 2.e4. In addition, in the Dutch ...Nf6 is intended to follow, which will further increase the control over this important central square.

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