Originally posted by hunterknox
Can anyone shed some light on how to play this properly (if that's the word)? I know it involves Nh6 - Nf7, which seems to me like a good idea in the Leningrad, but is there a specific setup/move order/strategy that I should be aiming for?
I'd recommend "Leningrad System: A Complete Weapon against 1 d4" by Stefan Kindermann, from the Progress in Chess series. I think its a very good opening book and covers some of the ideas you're looking at, I think.
For instance, 1. d4 f5 2. Bg5 g6 3. Nd2 Bg7 4. e4 fe 5. Ne4 d5 6. Nc5 b6 7. Nb3 Nh6!? planning ... Nf7. Black leaves the a1-h8 diagonal open for his Bishop and the Knight heads to f7 where it may gain a tempo off the B on g5 and prepare the e5 thrust.
That's the start of Lerner-Malaniuk, Koszalin 1999, which I have been looking on recently, but obviously there are other move orders and ways to reach these types of positions. Kindermann's book has a nice layout; he discusses themes and plans from both the Black and White side before getting into actual games and variations. I've been playing the Leningrad for over 20 years and I've picked up a few ideas from it.