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The London System is a set-up or system that can be played against most black defenses. By putting the dark squared bishop on f4 on the second or third move, white wants to get a firm grip on the e5-square. White usually tries to avoid long theoretical lines. The London is generally seen as a tame 1. d4-opening, but it's venom comes in some lines in the form of some, quick concrete attacking ideas. The opening system is relatively new and gains popularity every year. The system is often to be seen on club level and amongst all top players. Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grisckuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Gata Kamsky and Baadur Jobava amonst others play the London System on a regular basis. The Torre Attack and Colle System have some similarities with the London. Both these two openings are also ways to avoid the Queens Gambit and get rid of long lines of theory. The Torre is characterised by a quick Bg5 from white and considered a relative calm opening, seizing for long term advantage. In the Colle the white player chooses a modest development of the minor pieces to prepare the pawn break e4. Magnus Carlsen used this set-up in his World Champion Match against Sergey Karjakin. Richard Palliser, Nicola Sedlak, Cyrus Lakdawala and others wrote some very instructive books on one or more of these three openings.



Torre Attack: Move By Move - Palliser, Richard
2012 Everyman Chess Torre Attack: Move By Move-Palliser, Richard

The Torre Attack (1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5) is a way to avoid theory but can also be an excellent choice to go for a small, but solid middle game advantage. Sometimes this opening is tagged with unflattering terms like dull or unambitious. But according to Palliser the Torre is flexible and therefore useful against many black systems. Especially King’s Indian and Grünfeld players tend to underestimate this opening. Alexey Dreev, Pentala Harikrishna and earlier by Tigran Petrosian and Boris Spassky played the Torre with great success.
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The Agile London System - Holmes, Alfonso Romero, De Prado, Oscar
2016 New In Chess The Agile London System-Holmes, Alfonso Romero De Prado, Oscar

Initially played more often because of the lack of long theoretical lines, the London System in recent years has developed it’s fare chair of new theory. Top Grandmasters like Magnus Carlsen, Richard Rapport, Baadur Jobava, and Alexander Grichuk helped popularising this opening, characterised by a quick Bf4. Black players usually don’t come unprepared anymore, and therefore a fair share of new ideas against the London are developed.
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Zuke 'em-the Colle Zukertort Revolutionized: A Chess Opening System For Everyone, Now Bullet-proofed With New Ideas - Rudel, David I.
2015 Thinker Press Zuke 'em-the Colle Zukertort Revolutionized: A Chess Opening System For Everyone, Now Bullet-proofed With New Ideas-Rudel, David I.

In this book the author says he developed a brand new attacking idea for white against the Slav and some other black openings. In the Zukertort-Colle – sometimes referred at as the Rubinstein Attack - Rudel claims the so called Koltanowski- Phoenix Attack is the way to play, now and in the future. This rather straight forward attack includes a quick b4, followed by e4 and Qe2. If black plays the right moves, this white attack might refute the opponents moves. This book is mostly based on a certain black set-up and on one set-up or idea by white.
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Play The London System (everyman Chess Series) - Lakdawala, Cyrus
2010 Everyman Chess Play The London System (everyman Chess Series)-Lakdawala, Cyrus

If black doesn’t have a special answer prepared against the London, he will normally play the same pet-line or set-up he also plays against other 1. d4 openings. This is why Cyrus Lakdawala wisely chooses to order the book by the different black answers against the London. The first two chapters deal with 1…d5, with and without an early e6. In the other chapters the classic black responses follow, e.g. Queen’s Indian, Grünfeld, Reversed Reti, King’s Indian, Dutch and Benoni.
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The London System In 12 Practical Lessons: Strategic Concepts, Typical Plans And Tactical Themes - De Prado, Oscar
2021 New In Chess The London System In 12 Practical Lessons: Strategic Concepts, Typical Plans And Tactical Themes-De Prado, Oscar

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The Modernized Colle-zukertort Attack: Fighters Repertoire - Pavlovic, Milos
2019 Thinkers Publishing The Modernized Colle-zukertort Attack: Fighters Repertoire-Pavlovic, Milos

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London 2.bf4 Tactics: 200 Winning Chess Positions For White (chess Tactics For White) - Sawyer, Tim
2018 Independently London 2.bf4 Tactics: 200 Winning Chess Positions For White (chess Tactics For White)-Sawyer, Tim

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London 2.bf4 Playbook: 200 Opening Chess Positions For White (chess Opening Playbook) - Sawyer, Tim
2017 Independently London 2.bf4 Playbook: 200 Opening Chess Positions For White (chess Opening Playbook)-Sawyer, Tim

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Torre Attack: The Classical Defence, The Wagner Gambit: 1. D4 Nf6 2. Nf3 E6 3. Bg5 C5 4. E4 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Torre Attack: The Classical Defence, The Wagner Gambit: 1. D4 Nf6 2. Nf3 E6 3. Bg5 C5 4. E4-Lonsdale, David Robert

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First Steps - The Colle And London System - Lakdawala, Cyrus
2016 Everyman Chess First Steps - The Colle And London System-Lakdawala, Cyrus

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Colle: Move By Move - Lakdawala, Cyrus
2013 Everyman Chess Colle: Move By Move-Lakdawala, Cyrus

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How To Play The Torre Attack - Schiller, Eric
2012 Ishi Press How To Play The Torre Attack-Schiller, Eric

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Koltanowski-phoenix Attack-the Future Of The C3-colle: Putting The Fire Back Into A Classic Chess Opening - Rudel, David I.
2011 Thinker Press Koltanowski-phoenix Attack-the Future Of The C3-colle: Putting The Fire Back Into A Classic Chess Opening-Rudel, David I.

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The Moment Of Zuke: Critical Positions And Pivotal Decisions For Colle System Players - Rudel, David I
2009 Thinker Press The Moment Of Zuke: Critical Positions And Pivotal Decisions For Colle System Players-Rudel, David I

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Starting Out: D-pawn Attacks: The Colle-zukertort, Barry And 150 Attacks (everyman Chess) - Palliser, Richard
2008 Everyman Chess Starting Out: D-pawn Attacks: The Colle-zukertort, Barry And 150 Attacks (everyman Chess)-Palliser, Richard

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Starting Out: The Colle - Richard Palliser
2007 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The Colle-Richard Palliser

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