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Re: Play the London System
Reply #12 - 10/26/10 at 11:57:54
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Or in this case 1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bf4 Nf6 4.e3 Be7 5.h3 0-0 6.Bd3 d6.
The reason why I think the London is dubious here is that Black prepares ...e6-e5 followed by a kingside attack. The typical London moves Bf4 and h3 help Black.

The results of the London vs. the Leningrad have even been lamer in practice.
  

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Re: Play the London System
Reply #11 - 10/26/10 at 05:19:34
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XChess1971 wrote on 10/26/10 at 04:49:40:
MNb wrote on 10/23/10 at 13:55:26:
Bowen wrote on 10/23/10 at 03:53:13:
so why would it not be better, with White, up a tempo!!

Because it doesn't work against every black setup. I strongly recommend against playing the London and the KIA against the Dutch Leningrad and Iljin-Zjenevsky setup.


Which one is the Iljin-Zjenevsky setup?


1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6.
  

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Re: Play the London System
Reply #10 - 10/26/10 at 04:49:40
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MNb wrote on 10/23/10 at 13:55:26:
Bowen wrote on 10/23/10 at 03:53:13:
so why would it not be better, with White, up a tempo!!

Because it doesn't work against every black setup. I strongly recommend against playing the London and the KIA against the Dutch Leningrad and Iljin-Zjenevsky setup.


Which one is the Iljin-Zjenevsky setup?
  
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Re: Play the London System
Reply #9 - 10/25/10 at 22:08:27
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The link at ICC to the interview with Lakdawala points to an interview with Kaufman for some reason. This link works, but I'm not sure if it's available to non-members or not.

https://webcast.chessclub.com/icc/i/Watson/2010_09_28/Watson_Chesstalk.html
  
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Re: Play the London System
Reply #8 - 10/23/10 at 13:55:26
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Bowen wrote on 10/23/10 at 03:53:13:
so why would it not be better, with White, up a tempo!!

Because it doesn't work against every black setup. I strongly recommend against playing the London and the KIA against the Dutch Leningrad and Iljin-Zjenevsky setup.
  

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Re: Play the London System
Reply #7 - 10/23/10 at 03:53:13
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katar wrote on 10/21/10 at 23:41:01:
Hey!  Two new reviews that i found:

One conventional review by a master:
http://www.chessville.com/reviews/PlaytheLondonSystem.htm

And another off-color review by a patzer:
http://katar.weebly.com/2/post/2010/10/review-play-the-london-system.html


Not pointed out in either review is the author's realization that as a player, in the neighbourhood of his 50th birthday, Cyrus has trouble remembering and keeping up with, long lines of cutting edge analysis. For him he avoids this by playing the solid London System where it is easier to play ideas and pawn structures as opposed to wild, tactical innovations on move 20 in some popular, well-analyzed opening. He also accepts that he is not playing to win every game from move one (no King's Gambit here). For further insight into his adoption of this system and his philosophy behind it, check out John Watson's ICC interview with the author {and an exciting win with the London against GM Igor Ivanov (RIP)}.

A point Cyrus makes in his interview is that many players aim for a similar pawn structure, with Black, in the Slav...and are applauded for doing so...so why would it not be better, with White, up a tempo!!
  
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Re: Play the London System
Reply #6 - 10/22/10 at 18:14:21
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It looks like a good addition to "Win with the London System," and Lakdawala's writing style is pretty entertaining from the intro I read.
  
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Re: Play the London System
Reply #5 - 10/21/10 at 23:41:01
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Hey!  Two new reviews that i found:

One conventional review by a master:
http://www.chessville.com/reviews/PlaytheLondonSystem.htm

And another off-color review by a patzer:
http://katar.weebly.com/2/post/2010/10/review-play-the-london-system.html
  

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Re: Play the London System
Reply #4 - 09/24/10 at 08:55:56
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Wouldn't a london system player be 'overjoyed' to reach a Slav exchange? Just the right sort of very dull, nearly equal/equal position Smiley
(and perhaps fractionally more of an edge than they deserve.).
  
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Re: Play the London System
Reply #3 - 09/23/10 at 22:07:26
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As i have heard one good thing about this book is that the author try to give a solution to the 2...c5 problem. After 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.e3 cxd4! reaches a Caro Kann exchange and 3.c3 cxd4 reaches a Slav exchange! I have heard that the author gives a complete repertoir with the exchange Slav! Is is true? Does he offer something good there?
  
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Re: Play the London System
Reply #2 - 08/30/10 at 18:25:45
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Hey, I Just picked this book up a few days ago. I haven't given it an in depth read yet, but i find the layout of the book more appealing than sverre's. The annotations of the games are fairly instructive.  I prefer the everyman layout with complete games rather than the tree layout. The author believes this system of play allows white freedom for expression, so there are a few games where unusual, novel ideas are tried.


If you already have the sverre's book then there is probably little point to purchasing this one unless you want to read 91 games concerning the london. As I said earlier, I rather like the layout and content of this book over sverre's.
  
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Re: Play the London System
Reply #1 - 08/22/10 at 21:57:35
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I don't own it, but I've had a good thumb through at the local bookshop. It looks like typical Everyman stuff really, lots of illustrative games

I certainly don't think that its an improvement on Johnsen/Kovacevic. In fact, of the two, I prefer the latter.
  
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Play the London System
08/19/10 at 05:28:53
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By Cyrus Lakdawala is now out. Anybody have it? And would they care to share a review?  Smiley
  
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