Starting with 1.Nf3, the Reti Opening is actually not easy to define with a specific series of moves, as with other openings. It is an opening that can be reached through many move orders and transpositions. Essentially, it is an opening where White holds back the center pawns and strikes from the side, in hyper-modern fashion.
The definition GM Smith uses here is 1.Nf3, and then meeting Black’s ..d5 move (either now or within the next few moves) with a combination of a kingside fianchetto and the move c4, where White doesn’t play d4 (as that would transpose to a queen’s-pawn opening).
In this exclusive iChess Club video, the second of three parts, GM Smith continues building a basic Reti Repertoire for White, this time focussing on interesting lines in the Reti Opening with 2..c6 when Black accepts White’s pawn sac on c4. There are a number of move orders, but for example, 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.g3 dxc4.
If you’re serious about learning the Reti Opening, be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to the Reti Opening here.
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