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Win with the London System (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Sverre Johnsen , Vlatko Kovacevic
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Présentation de l'éditeur

"I have seldom read such a commendable openings book as this one, which is why it is an absolute must buy!" - Martin Rieger,

The London System is a perennial favourite of club players, as it is a very sound and solid system with a real practical sting. In a ground-breaking work, Johnsen and Kovacevic seek to maximize this sting in two principal ways:
* They explain in detail the typical plans for White, helping readers to make the most of their chances, whether they are based on a kingside attack, queenside penetration, central play, or transition to a favourable endgame.
* By advocating some subtle move-orders that limit Black’s options, they show how White can change the nature of the game and go straight for the kill if Black responds casually or inappropriately. These move-orders have been tested successfully by co-author Kovacevic at grandmaster level, and much of the analysis presented here is of totally new variations, and is previously unpublished.

Win with the London System covers all responses to 1 d4 against which White can use the London System. The authors - a pairing of a researcher and a seasoned grandmaster - have drawn upon a wealth of sources to present a thorough guide to a popular chess opening, and open up new territory for readers to explore. This reissue features revisions to the text in those lines that have undergone the most change since the original edition.

"The chess in this book is largely the work of the Croatian grandmaster Vlatko Kovacevic whilst the general structure of the book, including the prose, ... were the work of Norwegian Sverre Johnsen, a FIDE-rated player. Together they have written an inspiring repertoire book of high quality." - Phil Hughes, Chess Post

Sverre Johnsen is a Norwegian chess analyst, researcher and organizer, and co-author of a number of highly popular works on chess openings. Vlatko Kovacevic is a grandmaster from Croatia, and arguably the world's leading authority on the London System. However, he is probably best known for a convincing victory against Bobby Fischer in 1970. He has represented Croatia, and previously Yugoslavia, in many international team events.

"What is it about their presentation of a set-up with pawns on d4, e3 and (usually) c3; Bishop on f4; and Knight (usually) on f3 that inspires confidence in the London and makes the reader feel like a real winner? Simply this: it is a well-researched, well-thought-out, well-organized and well-written book on an opening that has generally been popular for requiring less opening study than many others. (Winning way #1 - know more about what you're playing than your opponent, especially if he still thinks there's less to know than there actually is.)" - Rick Kennedy,

"A useful system for White that has added value as anti-computer style of playing. This book provides an excellent opportunity to learn from one of the opening's greatest exponents whilst Johnsen has increased the value of this book by adding very clear and interesting text to many of the lines. Careful study of this book should reward the player whilst even casual reading will provide many interesting ideas for your next game." - Michael Blake, IECG

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  • Editeur : Gambit Publications (1 avril 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent livre sur une ouverture. 30 décembre 2008
Par Tietie007
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L'exemple même du bon bouquin traitant d'une ouverture. Beaucoup d'explications au détriment de longues variantes que personne ne retiendra. Bref, un livre que je conseille pour ceux qui veulent travailler une ouverture sans être submergé par les lignes théoriques.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 This is what a repertoire book should be 19 novembre 2005
Par Larry Brown - Publié sur
Okay. "Win with . . ." on the cover, as well as a sub-title lower down reading "Dynamic new approaches to make your opponents crumble!" may be a stretch. In "The Complete Book of Chess Strategy" Jeremy Silman gives thumbnail sketches of various openings, and he refers to the London System as "Boring Opening." I've read that in England this opening is sometimes known as the "Plod." So, the London System is hardly likely to blow your opponents off the board, or, given its recent surge in popularity, even likely to catch an unwary opponent by surprise.

However, that said, this is a terrific repertoire book. The London is actually a number of different but closely related lines rather than a system, but they can lead to similar types of positions which you can reach without fear of falling into snares and traps. If you are a weekend or part time warrior, this is good news. As the authors say, "While the professional chess-player maximizes his results by familarizing himself with as many typical positions as possible, this idealistic approach isn't realistic for most amateur players. The alternative strategy is to study those positions you are most likely to reach and do your best to increase your chances to get them."

Exactly. And, as the authors point out, for the study-time challenged, one of the strengths of the London is that you can vary the move orders a bit without falling into immediate trouble.

The book, (physically, Gambit publishers just builds nice books) is divided into two sections. The first is 30 illustrated games emphasising an introduction to White's moves. The second, and longer, part is an analytical section with detailed theoretical coverage. The London System is usually given as: 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4, and that's the move order in "Ideas Behind Modern Chess Openings," by Gary Lane. (In spite of its title, that book is about the London System, the Barry and the 150 attack, and it is a good introduction to the London.) In "Win With . . ." Johnsen and Kovacevic make a strong case for: 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 . Of course, the book covers all responses to 1. d4.

This is a good repertoire book for White. A seriously good repertoire book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring Repertoire Book 25 mars 2006
Par Pete F - Publié sur
The stolid London System is pretty much hated by all players of the black pieces, and this repertoire book will not make their lives any easier. There are lots of impressive wins to inspire, and the authors throw in some further suggestions of an unusual move order to use to wrong-foot opponents.

The brilliant thing about the London is that, at a stroke, you cut out the necessity of learning tons of opening theory. The game is in YOUR territory from move one, and in reality there is not a lot black can do to change that.

Co-author Vlatko Kovacevic is a grandmaster from Croatia, and maybe the world's leading exponent of the London System. I don't know about you, but I love to see a grandmaster practising what he preaches. What can be more comforting than seeing an author being incredibly successful at top levels against strong opposition? The wins speak for themselves:

Kovacevic-H Ree, 1-0, 23 moves

Kovacevic-S Nikolac, 1-0, 38 moves

Kovacevic-J Pinter, 1-0, 40 moves

Kovacevic-R Byrne, 1-0, 42 moves

It is obvious that Kovacevic is sharing his trade secrets in this book. If he can crush top opponents the London System has got to be a tremendous weapon for mortals.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Win with the London System by Sverre Johnsen 1 février 2006
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These days, with theory increasing at an quick rate, it's nice to think that there might be a better way to spend one's time. Imagine using the time spent having to pour over theory looking at endgames or solving combinations. Time to wake up! We all know this is a dream right? Well maybe not, if your aim is to reach a middlegame which would averagely deliver you good results and not knock the opponent out of the box in the opening.

WIN WITH THE LONDON SYSTEM is the first major look at the system characterized by the moves d4, Nf3, Bf4, e3, c3, Nbd2. This setup first came into fashion as a way for to meet hyper-modern setups at London in about 1920-1931, but now the line is more commonly associated with White.

One wouldn't think there would be much to write about a line sometimes dubbed the "old man's variation" and that was called the "boring system" by FM John Hoggatt in a Player's Chess News theoretical many years back, but you might be wrong. Divided up 1 third illustrative games and 2 thirds theory, WIN WITH THE LONDON SYSTEM has some original things to say.

Likewise, another attempt to better use the tempo spent on Nf3 is seen in the line 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nd2. Whether these twists actually afford something tangible remains to be seen, but the authors deserve credit for finding fresh ideas on well-trodden ground.

If you already play the London or are looking for an all-purpose system then WIN WITH THE LONDON SYSTEM is the book for you. It is interesting to compare this book to The London II by FM Chuck Schulien, which is the second edition of a complete repertoire for White against any defense, based on the setup of d4, Nf3 and Bf4. Over 10,000 positions, the London II covers every Black try from the Indian defenses to the Dutch. This is a practical opening used by today's top grandmasters but it is still quite easy to learn. Over 500 recent London games are also included in PGN format. The team author concept works well here where Norwegian amateur Johnsen provides the organization and communication skills and Croatian GM Kovacevic a lifetime of experience and analytical skills.

Warmly recommended!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A pleasant suprise 4 décembre 2006
Par I. Knezovic - Publié sur
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I must agree with other fellow reviewers on this one. The book about London is truly excellent book. Young Sverre Johnsen is gifted explainator and, I could say very good narrator of whites discussed strategies, and GM Kovacevic had been a guarantee of line viability and profound knowlege of the opening as its greatist practisioner in last 4 decades of playing it. I myself had been an avid spectator at Solin 2001 tournament (I live in Split which is 6 km apart) where he played a game Kovacevic-Kozul (Kozul is current european chess champion for 2006) and he crushed Zdenko Kozul with 2.Lf4 in under 30 moves (i think).

I reccomend warmly this book, and it may especially be good to black french players because of its familiar pawn structures.

P.S. If u dont know the caliber of Vlado (Vlatko) Kovacevic, just watch his game vs Bobby Fischer at Zagreb 1971, where he beats Bobby with french defence. It was a shocker that year.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The most complete London book 28 janvier 2011
Par Hussain M. Taher - Publié sur
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I was reluctant when I wanted to order a book which covers the London System. Like many, I tend to use this system as my back up emergency plan. As it's very solid, and few people know how to counter it. When you play the London system right, Black's problem wouldn't be on how to refute your set up, but on how patient he is, and how hard he could try.

That said, any chess book would think twice before ordering a book published by two very famous publishers, the 1st is Everyman Chess, and the 2nd is Gambit. Both are the best when it comes to chess books, and as far as I'm concerned, Everyman Chess are the best in the business when it comes to openings. Yet, The reviews of this book made me almost sure that it's a good one. And it was indeed.

What does this book entail? Will it's so detailed about the London system, that even Masters would learn a lot from it. The author is a very honest writer, he tells you why he selected such set ups, and where did he commit mistakes in the past, and apologizes in some chapters for the complications that might arise. This book is for mastering the London system on a microscopic level, and I'm still enjoying it.

The "Play the London system" book by everyman Chess, is also a good one. But not detailed as this one. That book is easier to read yes, and can becomes very funny sometimes (the author is a witty person). But again, it doesn't not entail as much as this book does, nor it approaches you in the same way this book does. This book is a course like system, where the 2 authors approach you with sample games first from every system. And then explain each system in a separate chapter a lone. The final section of the book is for the odd lines. If you did study this book in the right way? you'll be a very tough player to beat, and I really mean very. This system is so solid, that it would grant you blitz wins easily if you had a good memory, only a very experienced blitz player would stop you.
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