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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  1. Just wondering: what about not castling at all, but bringing your king to the second rank at some point so you have both rooks free? Is it structurally weaker? Thanks for the video btw, it's another gem!

  2. This opening and the Vienna r the two I’m trying to get good at. Your videos are very helpful, and I do hope u go deeper into the Vienna. I also hope that u do videos on playing against the copy cat.and playing against really aggressive players. Keep up the great work.

  3. These lessons are wonderful! I have seen this variation of the London called the Barry Attack. I tried it in the past but wasn't attacking with the pawns properly. .Thanks for the great lesson! I will give it another try.

  4. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart! I reached 1254 learning from your KID/Pirc opening videos for black, but for white I have been using Kings indian attack, but I lose most of the times. At this point I feel I am stuck and it's really hard to progress in rating ladder. Please suggest me a good strategy for further rating push.

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  6. How to trap 1300+elo with black and white. Because I need a dangerous opening to get FIDE Rating

  7. I’m already hooked on the pirc and now I’m kinda putting the Vienna on the back burner while I learn this.
    As always, great video

  8. I have greatly enjoyed your videos, and was wondering if sometime in the might do a number of them on the English Opening.

  9. Just found this, I do play the London it would be great if you could cover more lines in this opening, more detail and middle game plans
    You have a great and easy way of teaching chess

  10. what if black move knight h5 in move 2?black bishop will be pin and cant move to other square coz it is,block by e3…

  11. wasnt expecting to see the London system as a suggestion for white in the course at all. very interesting. i stopped playing it a while back because people were attacking hyper aggressive as early as move 3 trying to prevent the structure. i didnt know how to respond and wound up with some very chaotic games. i'll give it another go. good to have a plan. thanks again for these videos.

  12. Hi Robert. I am very much enjoying your lessons and have found them to be extremely useful. Forgive me if you have answered this question before but do you have a book recommendation for the London System? Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

  13. very very VERY good, thanks!

  14. Hey Robert great video lessons thanks for your time.
    What do you do against an early BF5 from black before your Bd3. This seems a common response against the London,

  15. After almost a year of watching a hours of (paid) courses from many GMs, I had to watch this free 14 minutes video to finally understand the whole idea of an aggressive play and where/how to attack with opposite castling using the london system. Thanks for this.

  16. – One thing I don't understand is how in other systems/openings the opposite King can be instantly attacked, but at the example here 6:05 Black Bishop didn't go to b4.

    9:08 "Let's make this more realistic."… so in that scenario the Black is undeveloped? I believe it would be more realistic if the Black was already developed, like before rearranging Black Knight/Queen. Just my 2 cents.

  17. I thought going into this video, aw man, another opening for white, i just got comfortable with my opposite side castleing london…nevermind there it is again

  18. Estimado Robert, !no sabes cuánto valoro tus enseñanzas! Estoy muy agradecido por tu generosidad y talento. Eres un maestro excelente. Abrazo desde Perú

  19. The greatest channel, really! Feels like 1on1 coaching!
    Wonder what would be your best response after d4 if black opens with c5 or with e5?

    Keep up the great content, man!

  20. What happens when I got pawn to d4 and black counters with pawn to e5???!!! It messes me up everytime

  21. I may be brain dead but if I am I can't figure out where I'm messing up. At 11:07 you go back to your initial position where you show black castling on the queen side. When I count the number of moves made by white and black it appears black has played one more move than white. It's kind of hard to follow the logic of the next several moves with that in mind. Do you have an explanation?

  22. You changed the way I play chess forever. Thank you!

  23. hey love your lessons man but what if after i play d4 they play e5?
    would love to see another video regarding this.

  24. It’s nice that you call us ‘Students’. Your channel, Robert, is really enjoyable! ‘with this said…’

  25. Outstanding instruction and commentary!!! Thank you!! You are a CREDIT to the world of chess players!!!!😇

  26. Excellent video but I am confused as to why Black did not take the pawns in a few different examples.

  27. Since recently getting back into chess on my free time, this particular opening and attack sequence has given me my quickest win so far. Awesome videos btw.

  28. I love your lessons. They have helped me become a better player and you explain it so nicely. I hope you reach 100K subs soon. I have subsribed too.

  29. I watched your course up until this video, and I got my rating up from 600 to 1000 in the span of about 3 weeks thanks to it!!! Chess is my new favorite hobby. Thank you so much! 🙂

  30. Great lesson, I learned a lot and it gave me confidence thank you so much

  31. Really helpful, exactly what I need. You're a great teacher.

  32. Hi robert. Is it good to use london system if opponent doesnt begin with 2…..d4 like e6 e5 c6……?

  33. For this to work, the black opponent needs to follow your script; otherwise, he can cause a lot of pain.

  34. Maestro Ramirez de donde eres? Soy un experto en ajedrez y me gusta la forma q enseñas en ajedrez.

  35. I also like opposite side castling Coach

  36. What if they attacked my pieces while developing them

  37. Amazing, just one last question. How to deal with the king once he castles on queen side?

  38. And why do you think that the openest will move according to your wish ?

  39. 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!

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

  41. 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

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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

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