Monday, May 28, 2012

104 London System Repertoire: 1.d4 d5 Classical

Here on Main Line Monday we finish up the London System Repertoire by compiling prepared responses to the most common Classical moves Black will try. This usually involves Black playing 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 with a combination of ...e6/...c5/...Nf6 in any order.

Note that I follow the recommendation to play 2.Bf4 vs 1..d5 but 2.Nf3/3.Bf4 vs 1...Nf6. For most lines it rarely matters, but for some it is better to play this way. Holding back Nf3 (say after 1.d4/2.Bf4/3.e3) allows the White queen to cover h5, thus avoiding for the moment Nf6-Nh5xB.

Next week we will cover one related line in the Slav Defence (3.cxd5 cxd5) which can transpose to some London lines. Then we move on to something completely different.

[Event "London System"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.05.28"]
[Round "?"]
[White "104 London"]
[Black "1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "D02"]
[Annotator "Sawyer,Timothy E"]
[PlyCount "23"]
[SourceDate "2012.01.29"]

1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 e6 (3... c5 4. c3 Nc6 (4... Qb6 5. Qb3 Qxb3 (5... c4
6. Qxb6 axb6 7. Nf3 Nc6 8. Na3 Bf5 (8... Ra5 9. Bc7) 9. Nb5) 6. axb3 cxd4 7.
exd4 Nc6 8. Nf3 Bf5 9. Nbd2) 5. Nd2 Qb6 (5... cxd4 6. exd4) 6. Qb3 c4 (6... Bf5
7. dxc5) 7. Qc2) (3... c6 4. c4 Bf5 (4... e6 5. Nc3) 5. Nc3 e6 6. Qb3 Qb6 7. c5
Qxb3 8. axb3 Nbd7 9. b4) (3... Bf5 4. c4 c6 (4... e6 5. Nc3 Nc6 (5... c6 6. Qb3
) (5... Bb4 6. Nf3) 6. Nf3 Bb4 (6... Be7 7. Be2) (6... a6 7. Rc1) 7. Bd3) 5.
Nc3 e6 6. Qb3 Qb6 (6... Qc8 7. Nf3 Nbd7 8. Nh4) 7. c5 Qxb3 8. axb3 Nbd7 9. b4)
(3... g6 4. Nf3) (3... Nc6 4. Nf3) (3... Bg4 4. Nf3) 4. Nd2 c5 (4... Bd6 5. Bg3
O-O 6. Bd3 c5 7. c3 cxd4 (7... Nc6 8. Ngf3) 8. exd4) (4... Be7 5. Bd3 O-O 6. c3
) (4... c6 5. Bd3) 5. c3 Nc6 6. Ngf3 Bd6 (6... Be7 7. Ne5 O-O (7... Nxe5 8.
dxe5 Nd7 9. Bd3 O-O 10. Qh5) 8. Bd3 Bd7 (8... Nxe5 9. dxe5 Nd7 10. Qh5) (8...
Nd7 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Nf3) 9. Qf3 Rc8 10. Qh3) (6... cxd4 7. exd4 Bd6 8. Bxd6
Qxd6 9. Bd3 O-O 10. O-O e5 (10... Qf4 11. Re1) (10... Bd7 11. Re1) 11. dxe5
Nxe5 12. Nxe5 Qxe5 13. Re1) (6... Qb6 7. Qb3 Be7 (7... Qxb3 8. axb3) 8. h3) (
6... a6 7. Bd3 Be7 8. h3 O-O 9. O-O) (6... Nh5 7. Bg5 Qb6 8. dxc5 Bxc5 (8...
Qxb2 9. Nd4 Qxc3 10. Rc1) 9. b4 Bd6 10. Nc4) (6... Bd7 7. Bd3 Be7 8. Ne5) 7.
Bg3 O-O (7... Bxg3 8. hxg3 Qd6 9. Bb5) 8. Bd3 Qe7 (8... Re8 9. Ne5 Bxe5 (9...
Qc7 10. f4 Ne7 11. O-O) (9... Qe7 10. O-O Nd7 11. f4) 10. dxe5 Nd7 11. Nf3 Qc7
12. O-O Ndxe5 (12... g6 13. e4) 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 14. Qh5) (8... b6 9. Ne5 Bb7 10.
f4 Ne7 11. O-O) 9. Ne5 Nd7 (9... Bxe5 10. dxe5 Nd7 11. f4 f6 12. Nf3) 10. f4 f6
11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. O-O *


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