Chess Lesson # 58: Best Opening for White | Opposite Side Castling Attack | London System

Many of you know the London system is a great Chess opening for white. However, you never thought of it as an aggressive set-up that could incorporate the ideas of opposite-side castling attack. In this Chess class, you will learn how to play the London system. You will see how it is possible to play it positionally if that’s what you prefer. However, I will try to convince you to play it aggressively because attacking an opposite-side castled king effectively is a skill you must learn regardless of your style or opening preference. It just doesn’t depend on you. If your opponent castles to the opposite side, an aggressive war is declared and you have to know how to attack!

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123 Comments

  1. I just get frustrated because i have played like 100-150 games against computer and lost every time. I really want to learn how to play but computer is too powerful

  2. Wow ! That strategy and the awareness about the decision which side to castle on and then push the other side pawns just allowed me to beat 1300. Also noticing which color squares the other player has and which bishop to think about helps too. What I'm starting to learn is that pawns can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

  3. Wouldn’t h4 tell black that you intend to castle Queen side?!

  4. bro, you are just talking too much and I have to skip to the opening. Just get to the point and you wont be boring

  5. I used the opening and I lost to a 337, I don’t know what I did wrong 😂

  6. Great addition to the London. As a beginner I like the London because it can be used against just about anything but I sometimes get stuck in frustrating positional battles when black plays a good defense. This gives some more options!

  7. A very interesting and instructive explanation of the London system. I have used the London system in the past, but I only castled on the king side. Your plan of opposite side castling makes the opening much more aggressive and exciting. I intend to start using this method of playing the London system immediately to see how it works in practice.

  8. Hi! This is a really interesting idea, I’m trying using it and I have a question.
    What do you suggest against a move like Bd6 early on from black? In the London I usually move my bishep to g3, but doing so it gets in the way of the pawns.
    And btw great explanation as always!

  9. hi coach! I'm back here! I realized that I've already watched the endgame videos so I came here and I will try to master these endgames videos etc. Please upload more! We are hungry

  10. what have i stumbled upon here? i just watched this and the Pirc defense video for black – these are the best chess lessons i've ever seen. great job and please keep it up – subscribed!

  11. What if they don't castle? Do we castle King or Queen side?

  12. Hi Robert, do you think worth it spend 20 min trying to solve a puzzle? I'm asking because yesterday I spent a lot of time to solve a mate in two puzzle, I could find the answer just by looking at the board without making any real moviment, but as I said I think I spent too much time.

  13. What would yoy say is the avg. rating of your students at this point of the course

  14. Hola profesor. Thanks a lot for your lessons. I'm feeling more secure and enjoy the games. Saludos

  15. Mate, I just love the way you express yourself. Putting this ideas in place with nice results so far…thanks a lot and keep it rolling!! 👍👍👍

  16. Hi Robert, what would you play against an early Bf5 with this plan ? Forget the attack on king side and go for the weak B7 with c4 Qb3, or develop your bishop on another square and keep the same strategy (castle queen side and pawn storm) ? Thank you, love all your videos and i became a pirc club member 🙂

  17. Just won my first game with the London. Didnt even need to castle. Pawn storm!

  18. London got me to my first goal of 1200 today! It's like butter. The peices all melt together. Thanks robert!

  19. As player who played over 200+ games with london I can say its good for beginners but be carefull for traps

  20. Hey everyone! I just finished a game playing the london system and it ended with a BANG! 😀
    I think its an (almost) perfect example of how aggressive the london can be! Although I did get a little nervous(because i was playing a 1300!) about my queen towards the end and its not a perfect game; I hope you folks will like it 🙂
    Here is the game: https://www.chess.com/game/live/8399680895

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