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Win with the London System [Paperback]

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The London System is a perennial favourite of club players, as it is a very sound and solid system with a real practical sting. The authors of this new book seek to maximize this sting in two principal ways. Firstly, by explaining in detail the typical plans for White, they help readers to make the most of their chances, whether they are based on a kingside attack, queenside penetration, central play, or transition to a favourable endgame. Secondly, they advocate some subtle move-orders that limit Black's options, and give White possibilities to change the nature of the game and go straight for the kill if Black responds casually or inappropriately. These move-orders have been tested successfully by co-author Kovacevic at grandmaster level, and much of the analysis presented here is of totally new variations, and is previously unpublished. Covers all responses to 1 d4 against which White can use the London System.

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2005
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1904600352  
ISBN13  9781904600350  

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Solid System  Sep 17, 2008
The London system does what it says: It provides you with a solid system that you can almost instinctually develop against an opponent almost regardless of the circumstances. As great as the system is, however, it rests upon the assumption that Black will King-side Castle (or perhaps won't castle at all). No allowance is made for the Queen-side castle.

The London System's strongest asset may be its Achilles' heel. It directs both knights and the dark-squared bishop to the right side of the board (where Black's king would be if he had King-side castled). But, if 15 moves into the game, black pulls off a Queen side castle, White finds himself with a board full of pieces moving in the wrong direction. White is then left to improvise as to how to disengage them and shift them left.

But I digress. It's a solid system
Best London System Publication  Aug 9, 2007
I've been playing the London as a complete repertoire for White for almost 2 years now. The is perhaps the only book a tournament player needs on the London and I haven't been this excited about a chess book in quite some time. Most opening books (in my view) contain WAY too many variations, annoying sidelines, and simply do a poor job of explaining concepts in a digestible fashion. This book is different. It starts out with a brief but clear explanation of the opening. Then it has 30 annotated London games where White won. This is the section I'm reading now and it's outstanding. There's plenty of clear prose to explain the ideas and pretty much all of Black's replies are covered. Furthermore, most of the games are from non-GMs, giving realistic positions that you will see in actual tournament play. That's a crucial point in my view.

The second part of the book is the "analytical section." Here, there are lots of variations and sidelines that I typically find laborious, but it doesn't matter. After skimming this section, I feel you can play over the main lines, and just look at the variations as needed. Looking at the 30 annotated games alone should help tremendously. I'm halfway through them and my copy is already highlighted and dogeared a great deal! If you play the London, this book is worth it's weight in gold.
This is a good book on this system  Aug 9, 2007
I have added the London System to my opening repertoire because I want to use it as a surprise weapon. If I know my opponent plays a nice line vs my other white opening system, (the English). I can play this as a change of pace.

Even if you are an 1.e4 player, you can take up the London as a change of pace. There are some basic positional plans in the London and this book covers them. It is not the strongest opening for white, otherwise you would have Super GMs playing it all the time. But it is not as bad as it's reputation. So if you want to play the London this is the book to get!
Best on the London  Jul 14, 2007
My criteria for recommending or not recommending a books is rather simple. I ask myself would I replace this book if I should lose it. The answer to this book is a definite yes. I currently own 3 books on the London System and find this one to be the most informative. In their book the authors treat the London much like the Colle except white has the problem of his queens bishop solved. The second player really has nothing to fear from this system unless he allows white to completely dominate the diagonal from f4 to b7 uncontested. Once black has eliminated the troublesome bishop blacks game is pretty much straight forward. Whites game plan usually involves getting a quick kingside attack going before black can counter on the queenside. Its a good opening for white but does incur the risk of leaving the queenside vulnerable. I recommend this book highly, mostly for the class c player.
A pleasant suprise  Dec 4, 2006
I must agree with other fellow reviewers on this one. The book about London is truly excellent book. Young Sverre Johnsen is gifted explainator and, I could say very good narrator of whites discussed strategies, and GM Kovacevic had been a guarantee of line viability and profound knowlege of the opening as its greatist practisioner in last 4 decades of playing it. I myself had been an avid spectator at Solin 2001 tournament (I live in Split which is 6 km apart) where he played a game Kovacevic-Kozul (Kozul is current european chess champion for 2006) and he crushed Zdenko Kozul with 2.Lf4 in under 30 moves (i think).
I reccomend warmly this book, and it may especially be good to black french players because of its familiar pawn structures.
P.S. If u dont know the caliber of Vlado (Vlatko) Kovacevic, just watch his game vs Bobby Fischer at Zagreb 1971, where he beats Bobby with french defence. It was a shocker that year.

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