London System

Chessboard showing the London System with the moves 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 played
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The London System is considered easy to learn and a solid and safe setup for White against most of Black’s opening variations, which is why it is especially popular with club players. Some, however, also characterize it as boring and draw-prone opening.

Video Content

Eric Rosen often plays the London system in his streams. So he also has several videos about this opening. One of these videos is a lecture on the Saint Louis Chess Club YouTube channel: Beat Good Players with the London

If you want to learn more about the theory of the London opening, I can recommend this video series by Hanging Pawns. In the videos he goes into the theory of the opening and explains how to respond to different responses from black.


One of the oldest documented games using the London system is a game between James Mason (White) and Joseph Henry Blackburne (Black) played at a tournament in London in 1883.

Studies about the London System

Learn the London System using public studies.

London System Repertoire
763 by SummerAndo

Repertoire for white in the London System.

Jobava London System
18 by Gilbert

A comprehensive look at the off-beat and now trending Jobava variation of the London system.

London Traps Training
17 by Ilitsj

Win material, get a winning position or mate the oppononent with these London tricks. All these studies are public information and are gathered from Youtube, Lichess and other sites.

Londom System
12 by Randy2206

Este es el sistema londres y las diversas variantes que pueden suscitarse dentro de este patrón de juego, es eficaz a la hora de jugar con blancas y es capaz de dejar las piezas del rival en estado de inmovilidad permitiendonos atacar efectivamente el flanco de rey

Defense against london by gothamchess and agadmator
8 by tiranor

Taken from lichess, with games examples

London System Intro Variation
8 by Painterpainter

London System Intro Variation

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