de Markus Schmücker
author’s first book about the London System was published a decade ago,
this opening was almost exclusively played among amateurs.
within the last years many things have happened, even including some
sort of breakthrough on the highest level! And so none other than world
champion Magnus Carlsen has developed such a liking for the London
System, that he has used it even in important games and has achieved a
number of nice victories.
And he is by no means the only top
player, as Kramnik, Grischuk and others have added it to their
repertoire, too. The absolute guru of the London System, however, is and
remains GM Gata Kamsky. He trusts it and applies it since his
childhood, so to speak, and he sees no reason to change his mind.
the London System has stepped out of the shadows, and so its surprise
factor has lost some significance. However, this increase in publicity
has no impact on its overall reliability because, on the other hand, its
advantages have remained.
– It's easy to learn.
– It's extremely solid.
– It's often underestimated.
– It leads to interesting positions.
– It leaves space for own ideas.
due to the quality of computer analysis, the opening theory of the
London System has evolved tremendously. And so in almost every chapter
improvements are to be found, just waiting for a chance to be tried out