Modern London System by Nikola Sedlak
for White against 1.d4 d5
Paperback, 222 pages
In this book the London System opening is presented using all of the most
important games with thorough comments, through which the readers
will have the opportunity to understand the essence of this opening, which has a future ahead of it and a lot of space for growth and
The book comprises the most important parts
of this opening, and also the ideas reached through the experience of playing
games in tournaments, as well as the positions analysed in collaboration
with Grandmaster Ferenc Berkes. But there should always be room,
if a player chooses this opening, for some new interesting idea during the
game itself, because either side (both White and Black) can encounter
something new and unexplored in a relatively early phase of the game.
Therein lies the beauty of chess: creativity, freedom to mix things up, and
an abundance of possibilities and ideas for a game of high quality.
This book will be very helpful to most chess players in building
a strong foundation in order to be able to use this opening in praxis.
At this point it’s important to say a few words about the move order. Many
players enter this system with 2.Nf3 and 3.Bf4. Positions reached after
2.Nf3 are usually identical to those with 2.Nf4, but that move order is actually
less elastic and it narrows down White’s options. It is for this reason
that promoting the development of the bishop on the 2nd move as
the main move order. Those differences in options will be the most obvious
in chapters 2 and 4.
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