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Questions tagged [london-system]

Opening system that begins with the moves 1.d4 and 2.Bf4 (white) or 2.Nf3 & 3.Bf4 (black).

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Traps in the Jobava Attack

Are there any known early tactical traps in the so-called Jobava Attack (1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bf4) for both sides? Leaving out the Barry Attack (early g6 by Black).
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On the Mason Attack

What are the main points, tactical or otherwise, backing up the Mason Attack? I got the idea reading about the London System, but the Lichess engine calls it "Mason Attack". It starts out as follows: ...
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How to reply to an early c5 in the London System?

I've played the London System for about 3 months and am liking it alot, however I have run across several games where Black played a weird, but good, move early in the opening, c5. example: 1. d4 d5 ...
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London System with Nc3 — what's the idea?

Recently top GMs are playing a London system type setup with Nc3 before c4. I can't imagine they are going for cheap tricks with Nb5, but I am not seeing a valid positional idea behind the move ...
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Can you recommend a dynamic, concrete, or easy-to-play line against the London System?

I hate playing against the London because it allows 800 FIDE rated players to survive for 50+ moves. By the way, I play the Grunfeld against d4, the Sicilian Najdorf against e4, and the triangle ...
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The London System

I'm rated on Chess.com in 1400 right now (elo). But sometimes my rating fluctuates between 1200 to 1500. As I searched on internet, I'm a beginner that is going to the intermediate level. Should I, as ...
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London System as White: exchange of the light-squared bishops

The following is a position that frequently arises in my games when I play the London System as White: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 Bf5 At this point I am unable to place my light-squared ...
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How to play against bad bishop outside pawn chain

I'm trying to understand general principles and common themes on how to play against a bad bishop outside of the pawn chain. In particular, I'm talking about the less sharp variations of the london ...
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Knight to h5 in the london system

In the London system, white wants to keep their dark squared bishop, Therefore after say 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4, black can play 3...Nh5, doesn't it break white's position? [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. ...
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London System: how to defeat copying moves?

I played the London system for the first time today and encountered a problem in my second game (I won my first). [fen "rn1qkb1r/ppp1pppp/5n2/3p1b2/3P1B2/5N2/PPP1PPPP/RN1QKB1R w KQkq - 4 4"] What is ...
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Battling the London System

I seem to have fairly good success against the London system and the Colle using the Queen's Indian defense. Has there been any games at the Senior master level where the Queen's Indian has been used?
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The London System: Can it be broken?

I've faced the London System several times so far, and just don't know what strategy to adapt against it (I exclusively play Nf6 in response to 1.d4). I'm a highly tactical player, so I try following ...