The London System
If you want to really know an opening, you should be familiar with its typical positional ideas and remember the most important theoretical lines. But this is not enough.
Each opening has its own unique tactical patterns. Patterns you need to know to succeed.
IM Eric Rosen’s course on the essential tactics in the London System gives you a complete understanding of the typical patterns for both sides.
Even if you only play against the London System, knowledge of these resources will prove invaluable.
The London System is a flexible opening which White can use virtually against any of Black’s setups. This makes it the perfect choice for players who prefer to understand key strategic and tactical ideas instead of having to memorize an endless number of theoretical variations.
The aim of this DVD is to give you a high-level understanding of the typical themes of the London System, and really cement this knowledge in your long-term memory with the included practice tests.
About the Author:
Eric Rosen is an International Master born in the U.S. At the time of this publication He is rated 2364 Elo and ranked #90 in the USA.
Rosen showed his interest in the royal game at a very young age. He learned the rules of the game at age 7 and competed in his first tournament at age 8. By age 9, he won the IL 3rd Grade State Championship.
During the early years of Rosen’s chess career, he studied with Tamara Golovey, a professional chess coach originally from Belarus now living in the Chicago area.
Golovey was a former coach of GM Yury Shulman and World Championship contender GM Boris Gelfand. She provided Rosen with a strong foundational understanding of the game.
Rosen became a National Master in 2009, a FIDE Master in 2011, and an International Master in 2015. Below is a complete timeline of Rosen’s career highlights and achievements.
The London System (Main Moves)
The most common move order in which the London System chess opening arises on the board is 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4.
In this case, Black has responded to White’s first move 1.d4 with one of the most popular moves, which could lead to very complicated opening positions such as the King’s Indian Defense, Queen’s Indian Defense, Benko Gambit, Budapest Gambit, etc, but White’s second move 2.Bf4 immediately sets the stage for the London System instead.
Another common move order in which White could choose to develop the London System opening is 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4.
This time, Black has responded to White’s first move with …d5, which can lead to some of the main lines of the Queen’s Gambit such as The Slav Defense, The Albin Counter-gambit, etc.
But White’s second and third moves avoid any of those well-known theoretical lines and sets the stage for the London System.
This flexible chess opening is a weapon that you can use against virtually any Black defense and thus comprises a smaller body of opening theory than many other openings.
Is this course for me?
The 80/20 series helps you get the most from your study time by combining learning openings with training tactics.
If you’d like to learn all the typical tactical ideas that can arise from the London System, then IM Eric Rosen got you covered, you’ll be able to learn that, and even more with this 80/20 Tactics Multiplier #04.
This course is designed to give you the best return on your training time by hitting 3 areas at once:
- Mastering The London System by observing games from some of the strongest players in the world.
- Understanding Tactical patterns.
Analyzing games from Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk, and Hikaru Nakamura will help you dominate all the concepts and possibilities of the system by just observing how the strongest players execute.
Patterns alert you to possibilities, calculation makes them a reality. Rosen will show you how to make analysis easy with techniques like “reversing the move order”, “doing it anyway” and “weak point overload”.