Why bother learning hundreds of complex variations when you can play a simple yet deadly opening – the London System with 2.Bf4. Over the last couple of years nearly all the world’s elite grandmasters have been employing the London System, and on this DVD Simon Williams shows what we can learn from their practice. The “Ginger GM“ takes a look at all the latest developments whilst teaching you all the basics that you need to know in order to play this opening with success.
Following his first bestseller on the London System, Williams‘ new work not only updates previous analyses but is also packed with new and original ideas which can be used even at the highest level - a must for players who want results, yet do not have much time on their hands. If you’re not a practitioner of the London System yet, in fact the only question remains: “Why Not?”
|System:||Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS X (only download)|
|Level:||Advanced , Tournament player , Professional|
Windows 7 or higher
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, (DVD-ROM drive), Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, (DVD-ROM drive) and internet access for program activation.
only available as download! Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10
The Queen’s Pawn games are a series of openings in which, after 1.d4 d5, White does without the advance c2-c4 in the early stages of the game or even completely. This may mean less pressure being put on Black’s position, but in return White is mostly able to deploy his forces without disruption. One very popular system, above all among amateurs, is, e. g., the rapid development of the Nf3 and Bf4, the London System. White’s setup is apparently simple: e3, Bd3, Nbd2 and c3 are meant to follow. If necessary, h3 will create a retreat square on h2 for the Bf4, so as to be able to avoid a threatened exchange after ...Nh5. An additional attraction of White’s setup is that it can be employed not only after 1.d4 d5, but against almost all black setups after 1.d4.=> More products: London System
• Video running time: 7 hours 16 minutes (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Further Training chapter with repertoire and play features
• Including ChessBase Reader
Tactic Toolbox London System
The London System is becoming increasingly popular, both at grandmaster and club level. The theory of the opening is developing quickly, with new things being tested all the time. This, in return, gives rises to fresh tactical ideas which should belong to the basic arsenal of any London devotee – after all, tactics remains the be-all and end-all of the game. On this DVD, Simon Williams shows all the complications in the London System one has to know as White, giving you the tactical tools for a successful practice – the player who knows the typical motifs has an advantage over the board. Using the interactive FritzTrainer format which invites the viewer to answer questions by entering the moves on the screen, the “Ginger GM“, intensively and systematically, makes your familiar with a multitude of typical tactical finesses in positions of the London System. Of course, those who don’t yet have this opening in their repertoire can also profit – after all, a sharp combinatorial vision is always useful in chess.
• Video running time: 3 hours 14 min(English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Bonus: Further database with 82 games and 154 training questions
London System Powerbook 2021
This way of starting the game has long since shed its image as an opening for amateurs, world class players like So, Kramnik, Grischuk, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian and Karjakin play the opening with both colours, and included in the basis for the London Book there are also 126 games by Magnus Carlsen. In order to guarantee a high degree of reliability in the statistics a threshold for the acceptance of games and parts of games was set at 2300. Thus the Powerbook is based on 263 000 engine games and also 32 000 games from Mega 2021 + Correspondence Database 2020.
One of the basic positions of the London System occurs after the most frequently played moves by both sides: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 e6 6.c3 Bd6 7.Bg3 0-0 8.Bd3 b6 and is presented in the following image:
What strikes the eye is the move 9.e4!?’s statistics. The early opening of the centre is actually not quite in the spirit of the London System, but of course its success is justification for White. But perhaps you prefer to study the modern variation 5.Nbd2 Qb6 6.dxc5 Qxb2. Here the Powerbook offers you statistics based on more than 18 000 games – here human theory has to be content with 450 games.
London System Powerbase 2021
The database contains a total of 7482 games where the average rating of the players is at least 2500 (apart from annotated games and games played by specialists). Among the annotators there are some world-famous names such as Adhiban, Edouard, Giri, Kasimdzhanov, Meier, Nielsen, Nihal and more.
A double click on the database loads an overview of the games. A further double click and relevant game is loaded. Via the Players tag the games can be sorted by frequency (with the tag Total). There Gata Kamsky heads the list with 414 games, followed by Boris Grachev with 303 games. But world champion Magnus Carlsen is also represented by 125 games. It is worth taking a look at the games of the absolute top proponents of this system. For example, pay attention to the games of Baadur Jobava and Eric Prié.
The games can be played through or further investigated with an engine or a Powerbook.