Friday, 20 December 2013


  1. London System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The London System is a complex of related chess openings that begin with 1.d4 followed by an early Bf4. It comprises a smaller body of opening theory than  ...
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  2. The London System: Can it be broken? - Chess Stackexchange
    Dec 28, 2012 - I've faced the London System several times so far, and just don't know what strategy to adapt against it (I exclusively play Nf6 in response to ...
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  3. Chess Openings: London System - YouTube
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    The London System is a great opening for beginner chessplayers as it is an easy way to develop your pieces ...
  4. The dreaded London System -
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  5. Understanding the London System - Chess Mentor -
    By going through positions featuring typical strategies and tactics the reader can develop an understanding of typical positions arising from the London System.
  6. A topic for fans of the London system - › Forums › Chess Openings
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  9. Game Collection: 1.d4 London System Games -
    One of the first recorded games of the London System. J Mason vs Englisch, 1882 (D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2. White is the first to double the ...
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Don't Trade Bishops

Let him take your bishop so you have an open rook file.

A Trap

Queen Trap Against King's Indian Defense

Tuesday, 10 December 2013


The Stonewall Attack is a chess opening; more specifically it is a variation of the Queen's Pawn Game. It is characterized by White playing 1.d4, 2.e3, 3.f4 and 4.c3, usually playing 5.Bd3 as well, even though the moves are not always played in that order (see transposition). The Stonewall is a system White sets up, rather than a specific variation. If White puts up the Stonewall formation it is called a Stonewall regardless of how Black chooses to defend against it. When Black sets up a Stonewall formation, with pawns on c6, d5, e6 and f5, it is a variation of the Dutch Defense.

As the name implies, the Stonewall setup is a solid formation which is hard to overrun by force. If Black fails to react energetically to the Stonewall setup, White may launch a lethal attack on the Black king, typically by playing the knight from f3 to e5, advancing the g-pawn to drive away the defending black knight, and making a well-timed bishop sacrifice at h7 (see Greek gift sacrifice) when White can bring one of the major pieces (queen and/or rook) to the h-file. Often this attack is so powerful that White does not need to develop the knight on b1 and bishop on c1. Traditionally, chess computers have been vulnerable to the Stonewall because the positions are usually without clear tactical lines. White simply prepares for an assault by bringing pieces to aggressive posts, without making immediate tactical threats. By the time the computer realizes that its king is under attack it is often too late. This, however, is not the case with newer chess computers.
The downsides to the Stonewall are the hole on e4, and the fact that the dark-squared bishop on c1 is completely blocked by its own pawns. If Black defends correctly against White's attack, these strategic deficiencies can become quite serious. Because of this, the Stonewall Attack is almost never seen in master-level chess any more, although it is seen occasionally among club players. However, Black playing the Stonewall Variation of the Dutch Defense is seen occasionally at master level.
Black has several ways to meet the Stonewall. One choice which must be made is whether to fianchetto one or both bishops; Black can meet the Stonewall with a ...b6 and ...Ba6 aiming to trade off the dangerous white bishop on d3, and a kingside fianchetto with ...g7-g6 takes away White's idea of attacking h7. An early development of Black's light-squared Bishop to f5 also cuts across White's plans.

Encyclopedia of Chess Openings[edit]

Since the Stonewall system is used against a variety of Black defenses, the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings has trouble classifying it. Among the codes used are D00 (when Black has played ...d5), A45, and A03, the code for Bird's Opening.

Stonewall Games

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Torre Attack

White pursues quick and harmonious development, will bolster his d4-pawn by c2–c3, then often enforces e2–e4 to obtain attacking chances on the kingside as the Torre Bishop pins the f6-knight. If White plays an early c4, the opening will transpose to a number of more common queen pawn openings, such as the Queen's Gambit or one of the various Indian defences.

The opening is named after the Mexican grandmaster Carlos Torre Repetto, who beat former World Champion Emanuel Lasker with it. The variation was also employed bySavielly Tartakower, Boris Spassky, and Tigran Petrosian early in his career. Among top-level players it perhaps has been most utilized by Jan Timman, Alexey Dreev, andPentala Harikrishna.[1]

The Torre Attack is rarely met in modern top-flight play as a "Go to or Primary" system, and statistics suggest that it is not particularly advantageous for White.[2] Due to its calm nature and relative lack of theory, however, it is popular at club level, giving White chances to seize a middlegame initiative. In recent years it has also been used against Black's kingside fianchetto pawn structure.

Colle System

The Colle System, also known as the Colle–Koltanowski system, is a chess opening strategy for White introduced by BelgianEdgard Colle in the 1920s, and further developed by George Koltanowski. This variation of the Queen's Pawn Game is characterised by a systematic if modest development of White's minor pieces to support a quick pawn move to the e4 square. It is solid, but inflexible.

Colle and Koltanowski each won many tournaments in the 20’s and 30’s. Colle finished ahead of Tartakower, Euwe and Rubinstein at various times.[1] The opening had even been referred to as the “dreaded” Colle System.[2] George Koltanowski, in his book, “The Colle System” said it offered “solid development”, combinations, a decent endgame, and it gives White “good chances of not losing against a stronger player”.[3] However, players, like Capablanca and Tal have found ways to take the sting out of some of its various lines.

Ignoring Black's responses in order to consider White's moves only, the typical plan is as follows: 1.d4 2.e3 3.Nf3 4.Bd3 5.0-0 6.Re1 7.c3 8.Nbd2 9.e4, with White rearranging his move order appropriately. It is a perfectly solid scheme of development, but, inflexibly applied, it cannot offer more than equality against a vigorous Black response. It may be a good tool for avoiding book variations, forBlitz play, or for forcing opponents to think for themselves early on. These days it is considered totally innocuous,[4] and is rarely seen at Master level or above.