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 first of three parts, GM Smith explores the Reti Opening and starts building a basic repertoire for White after Black plays 2..d4, using the game Hillarp-Persson – Hector, which you can explore in full with the PGN below:
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