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London System/Sarratt Attacked Fredthebear
Compiled by fredthebear
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This is a combining of collections compiled by MidnightDuffer, MTuraga, Mislav, Jared10001, and EndlessKnot. Fredthebear has altered the labels and order of games. Thank you MidnightDuffer, MTuraga, Mislav, Jared10001, and Endlessknot!

Additional random games have also been included.

This queen pawn system featuring Bf4 (leaving the b2-pawn undefended) gives White a slow, easy developmental start. The Bf4 games typically do not produce smashing miniatures in 25 moves or less. The Bf4 generates a safe, solid but slightly passive position; games are more strategical in nature, less tactical (tactics can break out at any time in any opening) so plenty of chess playing experience is not only helpful but necessary. (Rapid development is important, but simply setting minor pieces on certain squares does not win a game of chess!)

The Sarratt Attack/London System functions fairly well against the Indian defenses as well as classical d5, e6 defenses. It's not so hot against the Dutch Defense, but it's playable. Just be aware that any White opening that refrains from placing two pawns in the center along the fourth rank gives Black great leeway for a wide selection of defenses. After Bf4, White is allowing Black the liberty to paint tiger stripes and pin donkey tails on a skunk if s/he wishes!

Note that the Barry Attack places a Nc3 blocking the c2-pawn, whereas the Sarratt Attack 2.Bf4 and London System 3.Bf4 place a pawn on c3 (or c4). Some games in the database are occasionally miss-categorized (which occurs in all opening variations).

The Torre Attack 2.Nf3 3.Bg5 and the Richter-Veresov Attack 2.Nc3 3.Bg5 are more aggressive than the Bf4 openings above. Unfortunately, the Torre Attack does not work so well if Black refrains from an early e6 or g6. The Richter-Veresov Attack yearns to play e4 and more closely resembles 1.e4 openings, often transposing against a French, Caro-Kann, Pirc or Nimzowitsch defense. These two Bg5 White openings require more theoretical knowledge and are not included in this collection.

Personally, Fredthebear recommends 1.e4 lines, gambits, the King's Indian Attack, or 1.d4 Colle Systems for beginners and intermediates. Such openings strive for some type of specific central pawn advance or exchange to clarify the strategic aims. Their "built-in" pawn thrust plans might generate a more clear-cut approach in the early middle game that is easier for the amateur player to conduct.

It's best to learn any new opening off a professionally produced video and chess repertoire book (books cover way more ground than videos) AFTER you've replayed a 50-100 master games in a particular new opening and have decided you want to commit to studying it more in depth. Notice that nothing was said about you playing the opening...but you have watched OTHERS play the opening many times to get a feel for it through their handling! Human beings learn most by imitating others. Then let the published author give his/her expertise to show you the way for specific situations that will arise. Most good repertoire books have an opening index in the back that can be rehearsed for quick familiarization as to different branches.


Sarratt Attack vs QGD Tartakakower Nf8 (D00) 1-0 Semi-Bad Bs
J Mason vs Wittek, 1882 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack vs Tarrasch Def Qb6 (D00) 1/2-1/2 Some risk
J Mason vs Englisch, 1882
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sarratt Attack vs Bf5, QxQb3 (D00) 1-0 Sudden K's opposition #
S Kovacevic vs F Asensio Soto, 2001
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack vs early Nh5 chases Bf4 (D00) 1-0 Blunder finish
S Kovacevic vs P Salcedo Tornero, 2001 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

London System vs Tarrasch Def (D02) 1-0 Q trap in the center
Blackburne vs Chigorin, 1897 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack Ne5 vs QGD Tartakower Ne4 (D00) 1-0 Both 0-0-0!
Winants vs V Gervais, 2002
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack QxQb6 vs Bg4 (D00) 1/2-1/2 Doubled b-pawns
Miles vs L Dominguez, 2001 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sarratt Attack QxQb6 vs Bg4 (D00) 1/2-1/2 Odd Black fortress
Miles vs A Abreu Delgado, 2001 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sarratt Attack BxBd6 (D00) 1-0 Patient White 24.0-0-0!?
J Rowson vs S Haslinger, 2004 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack Ne5, Rb1 vs Qb6 (D00) 1-0 White has a close call
M Vasilev vs L Zanellato, 2001 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

London System vs Tarrasch (D02) 0-1 Juniors Unruly play!
F Ghaledar vs J Arun, 2011 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 0-1

Sarratt Attack Qb6, Bf5 (D00) 0-1Promotion won't save the K
Adianto vs Fritz, 2005 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 0-1

London System Be2, c4 vs KID Wisbhone (A48) 1-0 Hog on 7th
G Bakalarz vs M Basem-Hassan, 2006
(A48) King's Indian, 53 moves, 1-0

Sarratt/Barry Attack (D00) 1-0 White Rs alter the course
J Mason vs Max Weiss, 1882 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Sarratt/Barry 5.Nb5 Attack on c7 vs Tarrasch Def (D00) 1-0 LPDO
A Stefanova vs A Galliamova, 2007 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

P-Q4 Sarratt/Barry Attack (D00) 1-0 Aimless B, Decoy K
Nakamura vs A Giri, 2014 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 83 moves, 1-0

Barry Attack vs BxNf3 Gruenfeld (A48) 1-0 Blow open the g-file
M Fierro vs O Sabirova, 2006
(A48) King's Indian, 22 moves, 1-0

Barry Attack vs Dbl Fio Gruenfeld (D02) 1-0 Bxg5 sac Kside attk
Hebden vs N Birnboim, 1992 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Barry Attack vs Dbl Fio Gruenfeld (D02) 1-0 h4-h5-hxg6 version
I Rogers vs Pribyl, 1985 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

P-Q4 Barry Attack. Gruenfeld Var (D02) 0-1 Mean Qs
D Norwood vs A J Mestel, 1988 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 0-1

P-Q4 Morris Countergambit /Reversed Albin CG (D00) 1-0
Winants vs O Korneev, 2005
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

P-Q4 P-Q5 2.Nf3 c5 Krause Var (D02) 1-0 Did U see it comin?
G Gessner vs N Whitaker, 1916  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5: Steinitz Countergambit (D00) 1-0 Discovery
J Mason vs Chigorin, 1889 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1-0

P-Q4 Steinitz Countergambit (D00) 0-1 Black owns the center
E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker, 1889 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 0-1

London System vs Steinitz Countergambit (D00) 1-0 Anastasia's #
J Nogueiras vs G M Todorovic, 2005 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Crushing attack
Vidmar vs Janowski, 1908 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Nice quick attack
B Boyle vs T Lane, 2005 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Nice Sarrat attack
Janowski vs Leonhardt, 1908
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 1-0

Steinitz counter gambit
Rubinstein vs E Cohn, 1908 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 64 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein's end game skill
Rubinstein vs J Mieses, 1909
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Great maneuvering
Rubinstein vs L Loewy Sr, 1905 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Two strong masters in London!
Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1908 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Instructive game
Rubinstein vs K Treybal, 1912  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 1-0

London magic - very instructive.
Rubinstein vs Tartakower, 1922 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1-0

Black's technique in the London system
Saemisch vs Rubinstein, 1926
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 0-1

Instructive pawn storm
Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1899 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein's simplicity
Rubinstein vs J Perlis, 1906  
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Young Lasker
H Caro vs Lasker, 1890 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 1-0

Play with flaws
Lasker vs Chigorin, 1896 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1-0

Capa's Rook endgame in London
Capablanca vs A Kreymborg, 1910 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

Endgame planning
Rubinstein vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1907 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 1-0

Instructive mating attack
Maroczy vs Olland, 1907 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Queen side pawn majority positinal masterpiece
Rubinstein vs E Cohn, 1907 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

Modified London system
Janowski vs Marshall, 1907
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Sarrat attack
Maroczy vs Martinolich, 1907 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Master's blunder
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1907 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Kings on opposite sides
Maroczy vs Spielmann, 1908 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack (D00) 1-0 Wonderful Knight Tour
N Legky vs D Fingerov, 2005 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack QxQc3 (D00) 1-0 Closed game; Qside sac to passer
S R Burns-Mannion vs E Dearing, 2004
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack (D00) 1-0 Rob the pin of the backward h-pawn
D Popovic vs B Brujic, 2001
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack (D00) 1-0 White triples on the open f-file
S Ghane vs AR Fanaei, 2001
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack/QGD vs Baltic (D00) 1-0 White seizes Qside, 7th
V Karlik vs P Krasnay, 2001
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack (D00) 1-0 Immune White N exposes Black K
N Legky vs Bacrot, 1993 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack /Semi-Stonewalls (D00) 1-0 W dominates Kside act
A Stefanova vs T Vasilevich, 2004 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack QxQb6 Qless Stonewall (D00) 1-0 Blitz game
B Grachev vs Kamsky, 2008
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 91 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack (D00) 1-0 Hippity Hop
L Shytaj vs D Rogozenco, 2017
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack vs QGD Tartakower (D00) 1-0 W batteries vs 0-0-0
J Rowson vs T Nixon, 2005 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attk vs Tartakower (D00) 1-0 Castling unpins the e-pawn
Kamsky vs A Goganov, 2016 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attk Copycat BxBd3 (D00) 1-0 Go forward
Carlsen vs A Giri, 2016 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attack (D00) 1-0 Bxh6 sac lets in Q, N, Rs.
Shirov vs Sakaev, 1986 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Horwitz Def d5, c5, Be7, Bd7 (A40) 1-0 Weak back rank
O Heinzel vs Rohde, 2006
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

London System vs Horwitz/Dutch Def(A40) 1-0 W knight on 5th
Petrosian vs Chistiakov, 1954 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 1-0

Rat/Modern Defense (lines with ...g6) (A41) 0-1 Slippery knight
P Doostkam vs M Darban, 2001 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 42 moves, 0-1

Old Benoni A43 0-1 1...c5 2.c3 Black space advantage
D Rozhko vs Akopian, 2013
(A43) Old Benoni, 43 moves, 0-1

London System vs Baltic Def 3.Bf4 Bf5 (A45) 1-0 Use b-file
Ponomariov vs Fritz, 2005 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attk vs QID (A45) 1-0 W cashes in on pin just in time
Kamsky vs Onischuk, 2012 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Sarratt Attk vs odd QID (A45) 1-0 First things first - be safe
Kamsky vs Y Norowitz, 2015 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

London System vs c6 Slav (A46) 1-0 Good N rules over bad B.
Henning Nielsen vs N McInnes, 2001 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

London System BxBd6, Ne5 vs Ne4(A46) 1-0Qside positional battle
J Geller vs G Kozlov, 2009
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

London System vs Semi-Tarrasch (A46) 1-0 White Rs to bite first
Kamsky vs Ivanchuk, 2013 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

London System (A46) 1-0White attack is fast & vicious; turns EG
Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs Kanep, 2010 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

London System vs Dbl Fio Hippo (A46) 0-1 Long exchange sequence
C Aghamaliyev vs E Inarkiev, 2011 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 0-1

London System vs Hedgehog (A46) 1-0 Seize open lines!!
Kamsky vs Tiviakov, 2007 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

London System vs QID(A46) 0-1Blitz; Black has Qside passer
B Grachev vs Karpov, 2008 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 0-1

Indian Game: Capablanca Var (A47) 0-1 Three on the h-file
W Henschell vs M Karff, 1946 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 16 moves, 0-1

Annotated in Andrew Soltis' London System book p. 10-13
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1922 
(A48) King's Indian, 50 moves, 1-0

London System vs Dbl Fio (A48) 1-0 Black has 2 en prise
P Cramling vs R Klipper, 2006
(A48) King's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

London System vs Dbl Fio (A48) 1-0 Back rank spearhead pin
Short vs W Kobese, 2011 
(A48) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

London vs Dbl Fio Hedgehog (A48) 0-1 Minors target White Q
A Jadrijevic vs Z Kozul, 2011 
(A48) King's Indian, 17 moves, 0-1

London System vs Dbl Fio (A48) 0-1 VK maliciously robs the pin
M Ballmann vs Korchnoi, 1995 
(A48) King's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

London System vs KID 5...c5 (A48) 1-0 Black has 3 en prise
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 2007 
(A48) King's Indian, 17 moves, 1-0

London System Be2 vs KID (A48) 1-0 Switch from Qside to Kside
G Bagaturov vs G Olarasu, 2006
(A48) King's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

Egads! KID (Be6)-expert Sutovsky loses to the London system!
Speelman vs Sutovsky, 2006 
(A48) King's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

London System Be2, c4 vs KID Dbl Fio (A48) 1-0Exhausted W horse
Kamsky vs Smirin, 2005 
(A48) King's Indian, 84 moves, 1-0

London System Be2, c4 vs KID (A48) 1-0 Video annotation link
Kasparov vs A Horiguti, 2004 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

London System vs 5...c5 Indian (A48) 0-1 White doesn't 0-0
Kotov vs Petrosian, 1952 
(A48) King's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

London System vs 5...c5 Indian (A48)  1-0 Connected outside Ps
Kamsky vs Shabalov, 2009 
(A48) King's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

Q Pawn Game: Zukertort / London System BxBf4 (D02) 1-0
Bogoljubov vs Marshall, 1924 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

London System (D02) 0-1 Black plays a Dbl Fio
F Mensing vs Zsofia Polgar, 2002 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 0-1

London System Copycat BxBd3 (D02) 1-0 Coordinate upon g7
V Bayramov vs D Arutinian, 2001 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

London System 5...Qb6 6.b3 (D02) 1/2-1/2 Active central battle
Vadasz vs A J Whiteley, 1965 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

London System vs QGD (D02) 1-0 A win for tripled pawns
Carlsen vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2016 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

London System 5.Bd3? blunder crushed by Qb6 raid (D02) 0-1
A Lougheed-Freedman vs Menchik, 1939 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 1-0 Nxf7 sac allows Qh7+
I Abonyi vs J Engler, 1908 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

London System (D02) 1/2-1/2 Short Draw
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1922  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
T Ivarsson vs Hector, 2013
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
A Shvedchikov vs Sveshnikov, 2013
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
S Foisor vs Shen Yang, 2013
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
S Telljohann vs Adams, 2013 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
D Radulovic vs S Atalik, 2012 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
E Vaarala vs J Herman, 2012 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 63 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
E Torre vs Sofyan Jafar, 2011
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
V Chubar vs R Hovhannisyan, 2011
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
M Stefanovic vs B Abramovic, 2010 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
M Ayyad vs S Khader, 2010
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
M Ruzicka vs G Balazs, 2010
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
Kamsky vs Akopian, 2009 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
V Georgiev vs M Sebag, 2008 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 78 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
Kamsky vs Carlsen, 2007 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 0-1

London System, Poisoned Pawn/5.Nc3 Barry (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
Dreev vs Rublevsky, 2007 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
Kamsky vs Ivanchuk, 2007 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Pile on pin, windmilled...
R Bancod vs M K A Russell, 2007 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
V Colin vs Tkachiev, 2006 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Contemporary
J Nogueiras vs L Bruzon Batista, 2005 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 0-1

London System Symmetrical (D02) 0-1 En prise R blunder
J Nogueiras vs Ivanchuk, 2004 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 4.dxc5 White never castles
C Crouch vs Y Yakovich, 2001 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 2 Computers Contemporary
Crafty vs Deep Junior, 2001 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 74 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Very French-like
A Ivanov vs V Nebolsina, 2001 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1 Very French-like, long game
Stuclman vs K Burger, 1996 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 90 moves, 0-1

London System (D02) 0-1ContemporaryEarly exchanges, no castling
C Forbes vs Zsofia Polgar, 1990 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

Dutch Leningrad vs London System (A80) 0-1 Hole-y White cramp
P Trajkovic vs R Petkovic, 2001 
(A80) Dutch, 36 moves, 0-1

Bf4, c4 vs QID Miles Var (E12) 1-0 Extensive GM annotations
Miles vs Spassky, 1978  
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

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