Thursday, March 05, 2009

One of the approaches in building an opening repertoire is to have a specific setup which is playable against various (if not all) defence systems. I could not help myself from thinking about Julian Hodgson who employs 1.d4 2.Bg5 exclusively against anyone to the extend that the late Edouard Gufeld regarded the system as Hodgson's nuclear weapon in one of CHESS Pergamon.

IM Gary Lane had produced this book which is very ideal for those who are one of the following categories:-
1. One who wish to have a formidable system but too lazy to study opening theories.
2. One who is too busy to have ample time to study opening theories.
3. One who only prefers other to enter his scope of opening repertoire and do not wish to see any "other things" in the openings.

Here Gary Lane recommended the London system. Indeed, London system can be used agaisnt almost anything such as King Indian, Gruenfeld, Nimzo / Queen Indian, Queen Gambit or Slav etc. One of notable local chess players, NM Kamal Ariffin Wahiduddin had used this book to its maximum and had notched many important points adopting this approach. Other players who is adopting the London as part of their systems are Fairin Zakaria, Hairul Hamid (

Here is an example how he had crushed his opponent using the underated London System. His opponent could only resisted up to 21 moves:
[Event "MAKSWIP, Risda Ampang"]
[Date 2007.]
[Round "3"]
[Table1. Board 1"]
[White "NM Kamal Arifin DBKL A"]
[Black "Lee Boon Why UM A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D02" London System]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 c6 3. Bf4 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nbd2 Be7 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Bd3 O-O 8.
Qf3 c5 9. c3 Nxe5 10. dxe5 Nd7 11. Qh3 g6 12. Nf3 c4 13. Bc2 Qb6 14. Rb1 f6 15.
Bh6 Rf7 16. Qg3 f5 17. h4 Bf8 18. h5 Bxh6 19. hxg6 hxg6 20. Rxh6 Nf8 21.
Ng5 1-0

Business speaking, my price is RM 79.00. Comparing to the local bookstore, you will find at the Kinokuniya that this book is available at RM88.28 (see

Don't hesitate to get this book, if you are one of the above criteria player.


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