Chess Openings Mastery – GM Damian Lemos Deep Dive Collection
GM Lemos’ Deep Dive Collection – Vol. 01 – 17
Chess openings knowledge is crucial in competitive chess. Between equal players, it often makes the difference between winning and drawing.
However, up till now, most opening instruction has been very general – good enough so you know what you’re doing but without the detail required to give you the competitive edge in tournaments.
GM Damian Lemos has addressed that with his acclaimed Deep Dive series.
As the name suggests, Damian gives you the deep knowledge you need to outplay your opponents in specific openings.
Despite the advanced nature of the courses, no prior knowledge is required as Damian begins each course with a comprehensive overview of each one of the chess openings that he covers, explaining the ideas behind the opening and the plans for each side.
About the Author:
Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina who has reached a rating of 2559 Elo.
Damian Lemos was no stranger to success from an early age, achieving the FIDE Master title at only 14 years old, International Master at 15, and Grandmaster at 18.
In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected. By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.
If you want an opening system to call your own, one which you can force your opponents into and then outplay them with your expertise, master the London System with GM Lemos’ Deep Dive course!
Is this course for me?
GM Lemos will provide you with the basic knowledge on each one of the chess openings that he covers in this series, once you have that level of understanding, Damian goes into each variation, explaining how to counter every idea and revealing all the options you have available to you.
And this doesn’t involve never-ending variations either; each idea is demonstrated with examples from Super GM play so you learn how the very best players overcome the toughest obstacles.
Here are some of the openings you’ll be able to master:
The King’s Indian Defense.
Follow in the footsteps of Fischer and Kasparov and become an attacking legend, racking up points as Black, no matter which variation White plays!
The London System.
The perfect choice for players who don’t have much time to spend on openings. Play it against nearly anything Black comes up with and decide whether you want to subject them to a positional queenside squeeze or a terrifying kingside attack.
The Accelerated Dragon.
Get positions you love with Damian’s system based on rapid development and seizing the initiative the moment White makes a natural-looking mistake!
The Double Fianchetto system (b3 and g3)
This system is quickly becoming a favorite of players like Vladimir Kramnik. Incredibly flexible, full of attacking potential and very easy for your opponent to slip up against.
The Sicilian Taimanov.
Sidestep all the Najdorf theory – and your rivals’ preparation – with lines that blunt White’s attack and give you great counterplay early in the game.
The Chigorin Defense.
2…Nc6! takes your opponent out of their comfort zone and onto your battlefield. The Chigorin has easy to learn plans, is positionally sound and full of dynamic attacking chances, like this “ordinary” position which can lead to White’s resignation in just 4 more moves!!
The Petroff Defense
The Petroff Defense, also known as the Russian Defense, was a favorite opening of both Karpov and Kramnik. The Petroff is as solid as a rock, easy to learn and offers a ton of ways to turn the tables on those 1.e4 players!
The Petroff is starting to come back in a big way with Fabiano Caruana just one of the top GMs who relies on it when it matters.
The English Opening
Playing the English Opening can be a vital alternative for all 1.e4- and 1.d4-players who are tired of repeatedly entering the highly theoretical terrain of all the main lines Black can choose from.
The English Opening allows the White player to immediately take the opponent out of his comfort zone by playing a move which is not as frequently played as 1.e4 or 1.d4.
In contrast to White’s two main moves 1.e4 and 1.d4, White takes control over the center (especially the d5-square) by moving a flank pawn. The fight for the d5-square is paramount in the English Opening.
The Scandinavian Defense
The Scandinavian Defense is a tough nut to crack. Thanks to the efforts of GM Sergey Tiviakov and other strong GMs, the Scandinavian in general, and the 3…Qd6-line in particular, have attracted more and more attention recently and have found their way back to the tournament halls.
In this comprehensive 8-hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon, demonstrating how to combat each of White’s sidelines and mainlines in turn.
The Slav Defense
If you’re looking for a chess opening for Black against 1.d4 which is solid, does not require an endless amount of theory to memorize and still offers decent chances to outplay your opponents, play the Slav Defense!
One thing that makes the Slav Defense so trendy in modern days is that even though opening theory continuously develops and incredibly strong engines frequently find novelties and new approaches, there is still no easy way for White to get an advantage against this opening.
The King’s Gambit
The King’s Gambit has fascinated the greatest chess players throughout all of chess history.
This is an opening for the romantic, for the brave and creative chess player who thrives on wild sacrifices and extravagant combinations. This was the opening for the Magician of Riga, Mikhail Tal.
Now you can follow in the footsteps of the legends, making tactical magic on the board with this comprehensive Deep Dive into the King’s Gambit.
1.e4 e5 Beating Sidelines & Gambits with Black
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.
This very course is dedicated to crushing these openings and features Grandmaster Damian Lemos calmly dismantling each one of them — showing you exactly how to do the same in your games.
The French Defense
This flexible reply to 1.e4 is one of the most trusted chess openings of all time, popular from beginner level right up to the top.
Not only is the French Defense considered one of the most successful openings for Black, it is also an opening that does not force you to learn an endless amount of theory. You can play it if you understand the key strategic ideas and plans.
GM Damian Lemos is here to give you that crucial knowledge in this 7-hour Deep Dive into the French Defense.
This is an opening you can use for the rest of your chess life with good results, and it is flexible enough that you can play it in the style you prefer – solid and resilient, or dangerous and attacking!
And that’s not all – understanding the French Defense not only gives you a solid opening repertoire for Black, the various pawn structures that arise also helps you to become a better overall strategic player.
No need to fear 1.e4 anymore; add the French Defense to your repertoire and you’ll soon be dominating the whole board.
The Modern Defense
The Modern Defense is a hypermodern chess opening where you will let White occupy the center with pawns while waiting for the right moment to undermine it later on.
Controlling the center at the distance and pawn-bombing white’s e4-d4 center is a lot of fun and will give your opponents constant headaches.
Closely related to The Pirc Defense, there are numerous transpositions between them you can even end up playing a King’s Indian Defense by transposition, so if you are a fan of the Kingside fianchetto, this course is a must-have!
In this course, Volume #16 in his Deep Dive collection, Grandmaster Damian Lemos demystifies the Modern Defense — breaking down all of the theory, strategic plans and attacking ideas at your disposal.
GM Lemos also points out the critical strategic differences that distinguish this opening from the Pirc Defense, revealing how you could even combine the two openings to create the ultimate repertoire against 1.e4.
Your 6-hour training with Damian will fly by quickly as you soak up more and more weapons and add them to your arsenal — you’ll be dying to unleash them on unsuspecting 1.e4 players in your next tournament.
The Ruy Lopez – GM Damian Lemos
Every World Champion played it. AlphaZero rediscovered it and quickly made it it’s favorite e4 opening.
Named nearly 500 years ago by a Spanish priest, the Ruy Lopez is THE classical chess opening.
If you don’t study it, you might never hit your true chess potential.
Mikhail Botvinnik claimed that the only reason the great Polugaevsky never challenged for the World Championship was because he didn’t play the Ruy Lopez, and so didn’t master positional play.
Due to the extension of the theory, this work focuses on all the lines after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 and black doesn’t play 3…a6. Lines with 3…a6 will be covered in Part 2, coming later.
Have you ever had an opening you can really call your own? One that makes you feel super- confident and at ease, effortlessly getting winning positions while your opponent sweats under the pressure, eating up time on their clock?
Make this a reality by getting the inside track on one or more of Damian Lemos’ Deep Dive series: GM repertoires based on easy-to-learn strategies.
By the time you have completed each course, you will be playing at a level far superior to your rivals.