54 ( +1 | -1 ) playing against the london systemi like to play queens and nimzo indian positions against 1.d4, but i find playing this against the london system is very difficult. Often white will get a wel established knight at e5, if you take it he will grab the f file with good attacking chances, if you dont he can easily develop on the kingside, and any work black does on the queenside is always to slow. For people playing queens indian positions to the london system, how do you play it? Should i perhaps play d6 insted of d5, but then white can get a big centre with e4 d4 and f4?
82 ( +1 | -1 ) Black's play on the queenside may be slow, but it is probably what's indicated by the positions that result from the opening. Remember that good play from Black needn't be directed at the White King, and if you can gain space on the queenside then you should grab as much as you can. I have little respect for opening 'systems' and regard them all with a healthy air of contempt. I try to meet the white pawn on d4 with the pawn chain e6, d5 and then c5 (in one move) in order to put immediate pressure on the center, since White makes little effort to gain space or control the center in the initial part of the opening.
Lastly, I'm not sure if it's necessary to play such a sophisticated defence as the nimzo or QI against the London system. Better to bludgeon White in the center and make him regret his timid opening.