In addition to my video series of patterns in the Italian Game, I’m also trying to learn more about playing against d-pawn openings. I find these especially annoying to play against because I feel like it is harder to try to dictate play as Black, and I often don’t like the kinds of positions that I get. I want to be a more well-rounded player, however, so I’m starting to learn a bit more and, as always, am happy to share what I pick up with all of you.
In this video, I look at an amazing early tactic in the London System, where White has messed around with a lot of pawn moves and has completely ignored his Kingside development. Take a look at the image below and see if you can spot the move that gives Black a great initiative and advantage. If you can figure out all of the tactics that ensue, you are surely on your way to becoming a chess master!
The correct move in the position above really blew my mind. If you want to see the solution and the lines that follow, check out the video below!
As mentioned in the video, here is a link to ChessExplained’s series on fighting the London System with Black.