Foxy DVD Series – Vol 175
The London is the new rage because it is a legal way to cheat at chess.
Why because with a minimum of a study it is a very easy System for White to play and extremely difficult to beat. Playing the correct move order, you can achieve positions that are equivalent to playing the stonewall on steroids.
The idea is you get a Knight on e5 and d2 a deadly Bishop on d3 aiming at Blacks castled h7 and a Queen that can go to f3 protecting e4 from Blacks Nf6 Knight then if needed can move to h3. One plan you can castle preparing a timing f5 or pawn storm if Black plays a weakening h6 target. Also, you get a bonus you’re hemmed in bad bishop on c1 is exchanged for Blacks good Bishop on d6 by the route Bc1-Bf4 bxb.
This is the exact plan I learned on the DVD to beat my chess program which my record before this was 0 wins 1 million games lost. A great opening to beat a higher rated player as I learned as a postal Master, I played against the London System back in the eighties my opponent was rated 1300. I struggled most of the game I spent days on each move and did not get any advantage.
To make matters worst my opponent told me he just had brain surgery and started playing chess to help improve his memory. We finally settled on a draw I know I exhausted countless hours on this game and never made a dent. I now feel vindicated watching scores of GM’s go downplaying against London. The 3 DVDs contain 13 hours of content that give you a complete 1.d4 d5 system. You don’t need to learn all 13 hours to play London but it is always good to have a reference to go to if you encounter unfamiliar Black responses.