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Re: Sedlak's Modern London vs Romero's Agile London.
Reply #6 - 08/16/18 at 12:19:26
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Good points MicahSmith. Thanks for raising them.
  
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Re: Sedlak's Modern London vs Romero's Agile London.
Reply #5 - 11/27/16 at 18:27:15
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Another interesting difference comes after 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Bf5. Sedlak recommends 3.e3 e6 4.c4, not fearing 4.Bxb1, while Romero recommends 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3, saying 3.e3 e6 4.c4 is dubious because of 4...Bxb1. Sedlak doesn't mention 3.c4 at all.

Sedlak gives 4.Bxb1 5.Qxb1 Bb4+ 6.Kd1 Bd6 7.Bxd6 (he also mentions 7.Bg3 Nf6 8.Nf3 0-0 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bd3 which he evaluates at unclear) 7...Qxd6 8.Nf3 Nf6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bd3 0-0 11.Ke2 Nbd7 12.Rc1 c6 13.b4 and simply says "with a standard Carlsbad position" without assessing the position. Both sides have some alternatives after 7.Bxd6 or 7.Bg3 but they don't fundamentally change the nature of the position and I doubt White can claim an objective advantage after 7.Bxd6 or 7.Bg3. Therefore, I agree with Romero that 3.c4 is preferable over 3.e3.
  
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Re: Sedlak's Modern London vs Romero's Agile London.
Reply #4 - 11/27/16 at 01:12:08
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One interesting difference between the two books comes after 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 e6. Sedlak recommends 4.Nd2 while Romero recommends 4.Nf3. The reason Sedlak prefers 4.Nd2 is because 4.Nf3 allows the line 4…c5 5.Nbd2 Bd6 6.Bg3 0-0 7.c3 b6 8.Bd3 Ba6 with easy equality. Romero doesn’t mention 8…Ba6 in this position. The advantage of playing 4.Nd2 is that White can avoid the above line with 4…c5 5.c3 Bd6 6.Bg3 0-0 7.Bd3! b6 8.e4!. Romero doesn’t state why he recommends 4.Nf3 over 4.Nd2.

One argument against 4.Nd2 is 4…Be7!? since White can’t respond with 5.Ne5! like he can after 4.Nf3 (Although Romero doesn’t cover 5.Ne5!. He has games with both 5.Nbd2 and 5.Bd3 but doesn’t consider 5. Nbd2 Nh5! or 5.Bd3 c5! which should both equalize for Black (After 5.Bd3 c5!, Play the London System gives 6.dxc5 6.Nbd7! 7.b4 a5 8.Nc3 but doesn’t consider 8…axb4)). Sedlak strangely omits 4…Be7!?, only giving 4…c5 c3 5.Be7?! after which White can play 6.Ngf3 without fear of 6…Nh5?! (neither Sedlak or Romero mention this move but it was worth a mention) due to 7.Bxb8! Rxb8 8.Bb5+. Meeting 4.Be7!? with 5.Bd3 allows Black to equalize with 5...c5 6.c3 Nc6 since 7.Ngf3 allows 7...Nh5! and 7.h3 or 7.h4 allows 7...Bd6! Perhaps White can meet 4…Be7!? with 5.c3, a kind of waiting move. A couple of the points are that 5…c5?! transposes to a good line for White given above and 5...Nbd7 6.Bd3 c5 allows 7.h4! since Black no longer has ...Bd6 as a good reply. 

Due to all of the analysis given above, I agree with Sedlak that 4.Nd2 is preferable to 4.Nf3. There are some other interesting differences between the books that I will comment upon later.   
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Re: Sedlak's Modern London vs Romero's Agile London.
Reply #3 - 11/02/16 at 02:37:29
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Re: Sedlak's Modern London vs Romero's Agile London.
Reply #2 - 10/06/16 at 18:25:39
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Sedlak covers only 1.d4 d5.  Romero covers both 1.d4 d5 and 1.d4 Nf6.  Sedlak probably has more original ideas and a cooler cover.  However, the publishers are counting on you to buy both.
  

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Re: Sedlak's Modern London vs Romero's Agile London.
Reply #1 - 10/06/16 at 14:22:09
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My review of both comes out in Chess Life next month, but briefly, I think Romero & de Prado's book is objective and covers a lot of ground, while Sedlak is perhaps a little optimistic for the White side in the London. Both are good, but it kind of depends on what you want from the book you're buying.
  
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Sedlak's Modern London vs Romero's Agile London.
10/06/16 at 12:33:48
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Of these two new books on the London System, which do you think is better?
Sedlak's Winning with the Modern London System
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Romero's The Agile London System?
  
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