Ok, so in some ways, this is not a very good/exciting game.
In other ways it provides an excellent opportunity for me to promote the London System to any newer players looking to find an opening they're comfortable, that won't require so much extensive study of opening theory, allowing for more time to focus on the middle and end-game aspects of the game. i have no idea what my opponent is rated, only provisionally rated 1200. Again, while unexciting, the themes are all clearly visible, and whites goals in this game are constant in most all London System games (excluding a King's Indian setup). Without further adeu, my feeble attempt at game analysis.
1. d4 d5
The endless debate: 1. d4 or 1. e4? There is never going to be a clear answer to this, although apparently most computer programs favor 1. d4 slightly because the moved pawn is not immediately undefended as in 1. e4 lines. This is just a technical formality, however, as it all depends on the players' tastes. I was always a 1. e4 player, and then while asking a master for advice on an opening without much theory, he gave me a book cowritten by GM Kovacevik entitled Winning with the London System. A fantastic book, which I recommend to all London practitioners, both new and seasoned. As for black's response 1. ... d5, this is simply the most popular reply to 1. d4, followed by 1. ... Nf6 and 1. ... e6 in respective order. In actuality, for the London player, this is what white wants to see, as it creates a knight outpost on e5, which we will see later.
2. Bf4 Nc6
The Bf4 move is the main characteristic of the London System. White aggressively attacks e5, but creates a weakness at b2, which in many lines white will have to deal with. Black's move, while not incorrect, is also one that brings a smile to the face of the London System player with the white pieces. Essentially, black has decided to develop his knight, but in doing so he has temporarily blocked the c-pawn. Usually, black wants to play his pawn to c5 before Nc6, so that he has a pawn with which he can try to pry open the center at d4. Black is still in book, but this is what white would rather see than a King's Indian setup (a setup which had rendered the London obsolete in GM play until Boris Spassky revitalized it by winning in astonishing fashion against the King's Indian by trading a knight for three pawns and using the Bishop's presence on the h2-b8 diagonal to blast apart black's queenside).
3. Nf3 Nf6
4. e3 e6
The knight moves are pretty much standard development. I have played few (if any, come to think of it) London System games in which the knights don't end up on f3 and f6 early. White aims his for e5, while black's has slightly more versatility. The black knight can (and often does) retreat to d7 to contest the e5 square. It may also advance to e4, or go to h6 to harrass the white bishop on f4. As we see later, however, white should not be concerned with the threat of trading on f4. The pawn move for white is equally standard (ahh, the simplistic beauty of playing a system... same moves every time!) White supports d4 and frees his bishop to make its home on d3. Black will choose to put his f8 bishop on either e7 or d6 (I run into Bd6 more than Be7, though apparently they are both playable). To be continued...