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Normal Topic 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 c6 4.c4 or 4.Nf3? (Read 982 times)
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1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 c6 4.c4 or 4.Nf3?
05/09/09 at 19:27:22
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I've been trying to understand move orders in playing the white side of the the London System as given in the book "Winning With The London System". Why is 4.Nf3 given as 'the move' instead of 4.c4?

After 4.Nf3, c4 is often later played by white in this variation of the London anyway. So is it just a case of which lines white plans to tranpose into? For example, after 4.c4 Qb6 5.Qb3, OR 4.Nf3 Qb6 5.Qc1 and later c4. If this is the reason, I prefer 4.c4 Qb6 5.Qb3.

Of course, 4.c4 g6 or 4...a6 leaves the London System, but aren't the resulting positions better for white than 4.Nf3 Qb6?

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