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Poll Question: Is the London System a lot more popular now in OTB play?
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Yes, a little    
  5 (23.8%)
Yes, a lot    
  12 (57.1%)
About the same    
  4 (19.0%)
Less popular    
  0 (0.0%)




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« Created by: exigentsky on: 07/17/17 at 04:47:46 »
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Re: How has the London System's popularity changed?
Reply #5 - 07/17/17 at 19:42:37
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barnaby wrote on 07/17/17 at 18:33:30:
I expect to start seeing 1. Nf3 2. e3 soon at my level as well (2000 Fide).   Sad

Yes, when e3 Poison comes out. http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1499883304/4#4
  

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Re: How has the London System's popularity changed?
Reply #4 - 07/17/17 at 18:33:30
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Marketing is a very powerful force.

I am here down in the amateur levels and I have been seeing it more and more.  From a once-every-so- type of thing to a once-a-tournament type of thing.  I have had at least one London on the board in each event I have played in this year (7 events) and have seen it more than any other opening save perhaps the Giocco.

We now living in the age of anti-theory.  I expect to start seeing 1. Nf3 2. e3 soon at my level as well (2000 Fide).   Sad
  
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Re: How has the London System's popularity changed?
Reply #3 - 07/17/17 at 18:25:10
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At the professional level it's changed a lot; down at the amateur I don't know, but it's probably risen some.
  
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Re: How has the London System's popularity changed?
Reply #2 - 07/17/17 at 17:34:41
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I've noticed that (around 2000-2300 level), the "stereotypical" demographic for the London System remains (you know who I mean), but I'm seeing more and more ambitious young players essaying the London, which I'm sure must be a filter-down from trends at the top level.
  
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Re: How has the London System's popularity changed?
Reply #1 - 07/17/17 at 14:56:42
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Amongst which group?
It's always been popular at lower club levels, so I doubt it got too much of an increase there.

It certainly is growing in popularity on the elite circuit, and that probably trickles down to some extend, but whether you're more likely to face the London vs a 2200 now than 15 years ago.. my best guess would be "Yes, slightly".

The fact that there is more material on it already implies that indeed it is more popular.
  
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How has the London System's popularity changed?
07/17/17 at 04:47:46
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I keep seeing books reference "the ever growing popularity of the London System". Is this true or are they just blowing it out of proportion because there have been a lot of training materials on it in the last two years?
  
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