Reti Opening: Win Against The Slav Defense With …Bg4 – GM Damian Lemos (

The Reti Opening is a positionally interesting opening for White full of hidden bite. Thanks to its flexibility and many ways to play for a win, the Reti has slowly become more and more popular among players of all levels. It occurs after the move 1.Nf3.

Not only has the Reti Opening been frequently played by the best grandmasters of the past such as Anatoly Karpov and Ulf Andersson,  but it is also played by many leading grandmasters today – Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Peter Svidler, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Kramnik and many more.

The opening is called the Reti Opening because it was introduced and regularly played by the Czechoslovakian Grandmaster Richard Réti in the 1920s.

It’s a flank opening, meaning that White does not start off by pushing his central pawns, but goes for a different – a hypermodern – strategy. White does not try to control the center early on with his pawns but spends some time on fianchettoing his light-squared bishop and only then increases his central influence with the moves c2-c4 and sometimes d2-d4.

In many variations, the resulting unbalanced positions offer scope for both sides to play for a win.

The Reti Opening: Win Against The Slav Defense With …Bg4

GM Damian Lemos, the face of and a renowned expert on the Reti Opening who also published a course on this opening, has produced a series of videos on the different variations in the Reti Opening.

  • Did you miss the first part of GM Lemos’ series where he covered the Slav setup with …Bf5 – a London System with colors reversed. Click here to watch the video and read the corresponding article.

In this iChess Club exclusive video, GM Damian Lemos takes a look at the variation where Black opts for a Slav setup with …Bg4.

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