Capablanca, Karpov and even the champion himself, Magnus Carlsen — all of them have relied upon 1…e5 as a key weapon to completely neutralize the aggressive intentions of 1.e4 players.
Even blood-thirsty attackers like Kasparov and Tal have been abruptly stopped in their tracks by a skilfully played 1…e5 defense.
But things are slightly different at the club level, right?
At club level you’ll need to face openings like the King’s Gambit, Vienna, Danish Gambit and other bone-chilling attacks and gambits…and against a strong tactical player, this could end in disaster.
But, not for you.
GM Damian Lemos’ new course is dedicated to crushing these openings. Damian calmly dismantles each of them and shows you exactly how to do the same in your games.
No need to fear the King’s Gambit. Nor the Danish. None of these 19th-century fossil openings.
GM Lemos has a complete blueprint for beating them and proves it via instructive sample games, cutting-edge theory, sophisticated middlegame plans and much more in 6 and a half hours of professional lessons.
This video is a free preview of the course ‘1.e4 e5 Beating Sidelines & Gambits with Black”. Damian introduces you to some of the lines he covers in the course and then dives into his recommendations against the Center Gambit.
The Center Game
The Center Game starts with 1.e4 e5 2.d4. White aims for occupation of the center. GM Lemos recommends taking the d-pawn, and after 2…exd4 3.Qxd4 we reach the position to the left. Here, Black can continue with 3…Nc6 gaining a tempo on the queen.
White can also opt to play 3.Nf3 first and after 3…Nc6, this can transpose into a variation of the Scotch game.
After 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 White must be careful where he retreats the queen as there are a few squares that could be dangerous. 4.Qd2 blocks in White’s dark-squared bishop, for example, which is good for Black.
If White retreats with Qd1, Black can easily equalize by playing 4…Nf6 5.Bc5 0-0 6. Re8 d5.
A dangerous option that should be avoided by Black would be if White goes for c3 which is a real gambit as he doesn’t aim to regain the pawn. Black should be wary of allowing White to develop if he goes for the pawn with 3…dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2, where White is way ahead in development at the cost of two pawns See the diagram on the right.
White has a couple of other options open to him, so be sure to watch the video for GM Damian Lemos’ recommendations.
1.e4 e5 Beating Sidelines & Gambits with Black
At club level, you can’t expect to face mainlines most of the time. You’ll always have to play against not-so-common openings such as the Vienna Gambit, King’s Gambit, Danish Gambit, and other old school gambits and attacks that could get you in trouble if you’re not prepared.
GM Damian Lemos is here to arm you to the teeth so that you can be ready to demolish any sideline or gambits that White players could use against you after 1.e4 e5.
It’s time to take the bull by the horns and bravely play 1…e5. Because, as of today, there is nothing to fear!