Need sure points? Queen’s Pawn Game. London System edition

Developed by the British player James Mason
Named after the 1922 London tournament

Many club players choose 1. e4 as their opening choice from very early in their chess careers. It makes sense because it gives them the opportunity to play open games where they can practice and improve their tactical skills. Playing 1. d4 requires patience and positional play knowledge that is harder to learn. White is less likely to be surprised by a sudden attack and its King is a lot safer.

London system is very solid and simple enough to learn. White’s development setup is pretty much the same against virtually any black opening choice. This eliminates the need to learn a lot of theory favored by Black. The middle game play has one main idea that involves pushing “e3-e4and attacking the kingsude. If the attack does not happen or it is stopped, white can still hold an equal position and achieve a draw. For some players that is more than enough, especially when facing higher rated opponents.

For this edition I chose a game I have not seen before and one that illustrates how the attack on Black’s kingside can happen. Both are relevant and the players involved are from the top of the chess pyramid. I hope they will catch your attention enough to further explore the possibilities available in both positions.

Eugen Demian

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Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app: I can help you learn chess the proper way if this is what you seek! View all posts by Valer Eugen Demian

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