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🤝 “Choose an opening… which is sound, regardless of fluctuations in current theory.“, Horowitz and Reinfeld.
Damian’s opinion on improving your openings is well established: it’s more important to know ideas than to memorize moves. That’s why, instead of choosing “trendy” variations with long lines of precise moves to remember, he suggests sticking to positionally sound, active chess openings.
The London System – Openings for club players
This opening begins with 1.d4 and 2.Bf4, and can be played against any of Black’s responses (however, if your opponent plays the dubious Englund gambit with 1…e5?!, perhaps you should choose a different move!)
2.Bf4 has been neglected for years, but in recent times both Kramnik and World Champion Magnus Carlsen have decided that the London System has hidden power, even against the best players in the world!
In this video GM Lemos analyzes one of Magnus Carlsen’s games where he finds a very creative move in a well-known position.
By far the most popular move is 8.Bd3, with two ideas in mind:
It looks like White loses a tempo, but …Ne7 isn’t a move Black wants to play – mainly because he would lose control over e5.
In fact, the immediate Ne5 is very strong. But there is also a very nice tactical idea.
In the game, Black played 9…b6, and after 10.e4! dxe4 11.Nxe4 Nxe4 12.Bxe4, the Ra8 is hanging. With the knight on c6, Black could have answered with …Bb7, finishing development. But now Black has to play 12…Rb8, giving White the initiative.
White had a winning position just 3 moves later!
► Corresponding article from this video with extra goodies: https://www.ichess.net/blog/3-best-chess-openings-club-players/
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