Saturday 1 February 2020

The forking London System

Is there a more reviled opening than the London System? It seems to have replaced the Colle as the "goto" opening of players who are looking for an all in one system, and who don't mind a draw against higher rated opponents. As a result 2.Bf4 (or 2.Nf3 3.Bf4) is almost always met with a groan, or dirty look when it hits the board.
Of course one of the problems for players with the Black pieces is that don't bother to prepare against it. Like the English it is one of these openings you know you're going to face at some time, and yet, you don't treat it with the same seriousness as more mainline openings.
Of course Anti-London Systems have been around for years, if you know where to look. Flicking through the pages of "Masters of the Chessboard" by Richard Reti, I cam across the following game from 1908. Of course if you are looking for a magic bullet, this game probably isn't it, but it does demonstrate that with sensible development,  and having more pawns in the centre, there is nothing to be afraid of.

Marshall,Frank J - Rubinstein,Akiba [D02]
Lodz (39), 1908


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