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Win with the London System by [Johnsen, Sverre, Kovacevic,Vlatko]
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Gambit Publications specializes in chess and has an unrivalled reputation for originality and editorial excellence. The company is owned and staffed entirely by leading chess masters and grandmasters.

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Sverre Johnsen is a FIDE-rated player from Norway. He is an enthusiastic chess analyst, researcher and writer. Vlatko Kovacevic is a grandmaster from Croatia, and arguably the world's leading authority on the London System. However, he is probably best known for a convincing victory against Bobby Fischer in 1970. He has represented Croatia, and previously Yugoslavia, in many international team events.

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  • Publisher: Gambit Publications (1 April 2014)
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If you're looking for a relatively easy and quick to learn opening for white, then the 'London System' will probably be right up your street.... That being the case, then, like me, you'll probably end up buying every book (and DVD) available....This book should definitely be your first purchase though.

Comprehensive, well written and nicely laid out, it always seems to be my first point of reference for all things 'London System'.
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This is the first Opening book that I have purchased and enjoyed reading from cover to cover. The format is excellent and it is a pity other writers/publishers don't follow a similar format. The first section of the book is devoted to a large selection of well-chosen, well-annotated games with a summary of very useful tips following each game. Having played these through the more detailed theory section of the book is much easier to follow and makes more sense than the usual approach which is to dive straight into a plethora of variations which might be of use to IMs and above but which are certainly unappealing, and in most cases, unaccessible to the average club player. Highly recommended.
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If you are into chess,which I am you have to be carefull of opening books especially,they can go into great detail of inferior lines,presumably to pack out the book and it can be more productive to cherry pick contempary opening books.M.C.O. and Nunns Openings etc.This book is a detailed and relevant guide and as an old chess hack of many years standing I can say this is one of the very best specific opening books I have studied.
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Awfully boring book just download Stockfish and see what it says to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough to Beat a Master With 12 Jun. 2013
By Scott E. Regener - Published on Amazon.com
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When I got back into serious chess, I looked around for better openings for white than my old Bishop's opening. Many aspects of the London appealed to me, especially the part about not needing to study tons of variations and the ability to reach a solid middle-game. I bought this book, read through the first dozen games to familiarize myself with the basic themes, and then set to work playing hundreds of speed games using the opening. I then broke down and starting studying lines that I would see consistently, so as to be able to respond to them properly and avoid problems (pawn forks on e4 being a big one) that I kept seeing over and over again. Although I haven't read the book cover-to-cover, I've been over the bulk of it at one time or another as needed.

This past weekend, I took my lowly 1511 rating into a tournament with strong Class-A and even some Masters. I had white twice, and twice I used the London. My first opponent was rated in the mid-1900s, and he responded with the Leningrad Dutch. This does nothing to refute the opening, leaving me to establish my basic London structure. Before long, I won a rook with a fork, and proceeded to chop his pieces off the board, getting to a winning endgame. Fast-forward to the last round, and I was paired up against a master (rating in the mid-2200s.) Once again, I brought out the London, and thanks to some inaccurate play on his part with the King's Indian Defense, I once again traded off a knight for a rook, fought off his attacks and reached a won endgame. After the game, he admitted he'd never played against the London before, and had no idea how to respond to it. I have little doubt that if he'd known the opening, the result would have gone the other way. But that's the beauty of the London: to the unsuspecting opponent, it is a devastating attack.

I give this book a lot of credit. Most opening books I read are full of analysis and lines, but little discussion of themes and ideas. By starting with the example games, annotated to point things out, I quickly became aware of the themes and ideas behind the opening system. It allowed me to play the opening with confidence that I not only knew which moves to make, but typically why they were good moves to make. And getting into the middle-game with both a solid position and a clear idea of how to proceed is worth its weight in gold against stronger opponents. After the example games, it moves on to lines but now you have the background to grasp the ideas, and it's not such tough sledding.

The London does have drawbacks. There is no perfect opening for either side. Against an informed opponent, you'll end up equal in the middle-game, having lost your advantage of the first move as white (initiative.) However, no opening is going to provide you with a won endgame every time, and at some point your book is empty and you'll have to use your chess brain. But if you're like me and you just want to survive the opening without being at a disadvantage, and won't mind picking up the easy wins against unsuspecting opponents, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Get it, study it, and just maybe you, too, will be able to beat a master with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The London System Unvarnished 13 May 2013
By R. Tobias - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best works available on this popular opening. It is not an introduction or general survey. Rather, you are getting a repertoire from a strong GM who has played the opening extensively. It is a serious work, devoid of fluff or exaggerated claims. As such, many detailed lines are given, and you will need to be able to assimilate a large number of move orders and variations to fully benefit. A notable feature of the work is that the preferred move order is 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 instead of the usual 2.Nf3, to try to take advantage of certain Black approaches. You will need to have the technique to milk small (or microscopic) positional advantages to take advantage of the lines given. The authorship is a split authorship, with GM Kovacevic being responsible for games chosen and overseeing the process, while FIDE rated player Johnsen did most of the heavy lifting of writing the book. Nonetheless, the work is fairly seamless and effective. It comes in a generously sized format, with the clear dark text and large clear diagrams typical for this fine publisher. If you have interest in the London System, unless you are a higher rated player (at least 1800-1900 USCF would be my guesstimate), I would start first with a more general work, like GM Davies' DVD, or IM Lakdawala's book, before graduating to this more advanced tome. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT OPENING 25 Nov. 2013
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This is an excellent book on the London System. Don't listen to the critics about this book or this opening in general. This book was extremely well done: new ideas, very easy to study and practical. The London System is a great opening too. Critics say it will result in a Draw at best against strong opponents....not true at all.....I am officially ranked right now at 1088.....when I play strong players this is what happens: they have to think real hard to make a move against me and find themselves against the ropes pretty often. I might not be beating them right now but I do give them a run for their money. Not to brag but they ask me "You play very well for a low ranked player."

Put it this way.....my teacher is a famous Chess Master and I literally had him beat with this opening until I made a "rookie mistake". This book is a great addition to Soltis's book and other authors on the London.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid One-Size-Fits-All Opening System 27 Feb. 2014
By James Bunch - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a solid opening system that requires little study and has actual winning chances, this book is for you. Much like its sister, the Colle, the London uses the "wedge" pawn formation and sound piece placement in the opening and delays the battle until the middlegame. I prefer to play e4, but playing regularly at a club allows your opponents to easily prepare for you unless you occasionally play something else. The London is perfect as a second opening, since it is easily understood and doesn't require memorizing a lot of main lines and sub-variations.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very instructive 14 July 2010
By David Borensztajn - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been playing the London for a while when I discovered this book.
The autor (s) divided the book in two sections, and that made the whole
study much more agreable and instructive.
The first part presents games, almost all with White victories, with a
small lesson at the end of each. Besides that the games are grouped
with specific references about Black systems.
The second part, dedicated to more specific theory, is for those who have time and pacience to reproduce variations.
I enjoyed very much the book and it is already helping me in blitz games and I am sure it will improve my overtheboard
games.
Is was very good to discover a new autor (Sverre) and quite a new method of teaching chess openings, usually very boring
with thousands variations for each move.
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