The Reti System is a very flexible opening for White that starts with the move 1.Nf3. There are a number of responses available for Black – GM Damian Lemos recommends 1…d5 (diagram).
White can respond with a number of moves such as 2.b3, 2.c4, or 2.d4. In this exclusive iChess Club video, the first of two parts, GM Lemos explores play after White opts for 2.g3. You’ll learn how to play against this Reti-system as Black, starting with a fianchetto of the queenside bishop and looking to play …e5 when possible.
The Reti is quite popular and is played by leading grandmasters such as Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Peter Svidler, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Kramnik and many more. Many club players learn how to play against 1.e4 or 1.d4 but come undone when faced with 1.Nf3 – this video series will give you an idea of how to face White’s hypermodern opening.
If you’re interested in playing the Reti from White’s perspective, check out our free comprehensive guide to the Reti, where you’ll learn the key concepts and tactics in the opening as well as explore all the main lines you need to know.
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