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QP System with Bf4 (London, Tarzan, Veresov)
Compiled by rudiv

Combining the London System, Barry Attack, Tarzan Attack, and Veresov with Bf4. Personally, I recommend starting 1.d4 and 2.Bf4, which allows for maximum flexibility.

Good books on the London and related lines with Bf4 include:

--Sverre Johnsen and Vlatko Kovacevic, Win with the London System (Gambit 2007, 2010). A really excellent guide to playing the London in an aggressive way as White. However, this is not a complete repertoire.

--Cyrus Lakdawala, Play the London System (Everyman 2010). A complete d4 repertoire built around the London system, which is a lot more consistent than Lane's repertoire and full of interesting ideas. Many games are not available in databases (some are blitz games of the author's).

--Marcus Schmuecker, The London System (123Chess 2009). Originally in German. An English translation appears to be posted online. Offers very thorough coverage of the opening, including minor lines.

--Gary Lane, Ideas Behind the Chess Openings (Batsford 2003). Useful more as a repertoire guide than for analysis as the games are full of errors by Black. But I like that it covers the Barry Attack and the 150 Attack vs. the Pirc, which make a great fit with the London repertoire.

--Mark van der Werf, "Bishops First: 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4" in SOS #5 (New in Chess 2006): 98-106. This article offers interesting suggestions for starting via this move order, including 2...c5 3.e4!?

--Arthur Kogan, "The Tarzan Attack" in SOS #6 (New in Chess 2007): 51-58. A complete analysis of 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Qd2!? which may represent an improvement over the Barry Attack with 5.e3.

--Aaron Summerscale and Sverre Johnsen, A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire, enlarged edition (Gambit 2010). Summerscale's original 1999 book is where most players learned the Barry Attack. Parts of the repertoire might also work with the London system, as Lane shows.

--Richard Palliser, Starting Out: d-Pawn Attacks: The Colle-Zukertort, Barry and 150 Attacks (Everyman 2008). This book offered an update to Summerscale's then out-of-print repertoire, until Sverre Johnsen came along to update and enlarge the "Killer" repertoire book. Palliser covers the Tarzan Attack but otherwise follows Summerscale.

--Jimmy Liew, The Veresov, Move by Move (Everyman 2015). The first Veresov book I know to discuss the lines with Bf4 played by Jobava and Rapport.

-- Geza Maroczy, London 1922, 21st Century Edition (Russell Enterprises 2009). It's always fun to go back to the source. Many of Maroczy's annotations can be found right here at, but the book is still nice. Game Collection: London 1922 London (1922)

-- Eric Prie, "No-one Knows the Neo-London." New in Chess Yearbook 83 (2007): 222-230. Discusses the range of possibilities for both players following 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5, starting with the game Van der Werf - Krudde, Netherlands 2006-2007.

--Alon Greenfeld, "What Do You Do with an Extra Tempo?" New in Chess Yearbook 78 (2006): 216-222. Focuses mostly on 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.e4!?

London 1922: Origins of "the London System" name for Bf4
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1922 
(A48) King's Indian, 50 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Reti, 1922  
(A48) King's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Euwe, 1922 
(A48) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Capa already knew the best line for Black.
C G M Watson vs Capablanca, 1922  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Tartakower, 1922 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1-0

A first example of the "Barry Attack"?
Tartakower vs V L Wahltuch, 1922 
(A48) King's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Tartakower called his 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 "an archaic continuation."
Tartakower vs Spielmann, 1921 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Yates, 1924 
(A48) King's Indian, 77 moves, 1-0

Lasker / Haalebos vs Reti / Oskam, 1923 
(A48) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Of course, Bf4 was played before the 1920s
J Mason vs Englisch, 1882
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Mason vs Chigorin, 1889 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1-0

Blackburne vs Harmonist, 1889 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

Combining the Veresov with Bf4 is an interesting idea.
A Stefanova vs A Galliamova, 2007 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Short vs F Amonatov, 2012 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 78 moves, 1-0

R Rapport vs Sutovsky, 2014 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 1-0

R Rapport vs P Bobras, 2014 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

R Rapport vs T Sachdev, 2014 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 129 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Rapport vs L Rindlisbacher, 2014
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

R Rapport vs N Vitiugov, 2014 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

Jobava vs O Korneev, 2014 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 1-0

Jobava vs R Hovhannisyan, 2014
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Jobava vs B Savchenko, 2014 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Jobava vs M Tissir, 2014 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Jobava vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2014 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 95 moves, 1-0

Jobava vs Mamedyarov, 2014 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Jobava vs S Zhigalko, 2014
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 0-1

Jobava vs I Salgado Lopez, 2014
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 1-0

Jobava vs Winants, 2014 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

M Chigaev vs M Iskandarov, 2015
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Barry Attack / Tarzan Attack
Hebden vs J Hawkins, 2008
(A48) King's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

J Dudas vs B Predojevic, 2002
(A48) King's Indian, 17 moves, 1-0

Hebden vs A Lewis, 2007 
(A48) King's Indian, 23 moves, 1-0

J C Sadorra vs O Sepp, 2008
(A48) King's Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

C Philippe vs J L Roos, 2013
(A48) King's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Hebden vs R Holmes, 2013
(A48) King's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

T Fiebig vs B Voekler, 2009 
(A48) King's Indian, 68 moves, 1-0

Hebden vs E Denayer, 2009
(A48) King's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

Hebden vs V Neverov, 2008
(A48) King's Indian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

J F Nelis vs A Budima, 2012
(A48) King's Indian, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gurgenidze vs V Tukmakov, 1977
(A48) King's Indian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Bosboom vs Nijboer, 2009 
(A48) King's Indian, 54 moves, 1-0

H Rothen vs M Dzevlan, 2004
(A48) King's Indian, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dgebuadze vs L Salles, 2014
(A48) King's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

Hebden vs M Turner, 2007
(A48) King's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

The Pirc 150 Attack is a necessary part of the repertoire.
J Hawkins vs M Galyas, 2015
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

Hebden vs F Felecan, 1993 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

Hebden vs E Holland, 1993
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 27 moves, 1-0

P Dankert vs C Engelbert, 2001
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

Yifan Hou vs T Sabure, 2007
(B06) Robatsch, 23 moves, 1-0

I Yagupov vs A Masalov, 2001
(B06) Robatsch, 25 moves, 1-0

What about the 150 with Bf4?
K Varberg vs N G Larsen, 2009
(B06) Robatsch, 19 moves, 1-0

The 150 Attack with Bf4 also inhibits ...c5
B Kamber vs C Flueckiger, 1990 
(B07) Pirc, 9 moves, 1-0

Traditional London d4, Bf4, e3, and c3 Tabia
B Boyle vs T Lane, 2005 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

N Katte vs S Bromberger, 2007
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

I Fattorich vs Sax, 2007 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

S Ghane vs AR Fanaei, 2001
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Pribyl vs J Penrose, 1974
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Kamsky vs Dlugy, 1989 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Blatny vs J Luchan, 2001
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

V Kovacevic vs Pinter, 1983
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

V Kovacevic vs Robert E Byrne, 1980 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

V Kovacevic vs H Ree, 1980 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs J Kristiansen, 1991 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs E Kengis, 1977 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1-0

Zsuzsa Polgar vs P Schaffarth, 1987
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 16 moves, 1-0

Le Thao Nguyen Pham vs Fanghui Sun, 2012
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

A Bagheri vs M Gunbayar, 2008
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

D Popovic vs B Brujic, 2001
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

K Mouroutis vs G Doumas, 2011
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Robson vs Onischuk, 2016 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Morris Gambit (Albin Reversed) 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.e4!?
I Enchev vs A Issakainen, 2015
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Winants vs O Korneev, 2005
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

E Prie vs D Dumitrache, 2012 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

Winants vs P Tregubov, 2005 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dlugy vs M Bluebaum, 2015 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 0-1

McShane vs Illescas Cordoba, 2005 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

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