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                    [description] => <h2>Chess Openings Mastery - GM Damian Lemos Deep Dive Collection</h2>
<h3>GM Lemos' Deep Dive Collection - Vol. 01 - 18</h3>
<img class="alignright" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Lemos-Deep-Dive-Collection-e1540338949913-300x300.jpg" alt="lemos deep dive collection" width="300" height="300" />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 <em>Deep Dive</em> series.

<strong>As the name suggests, Damian gives you the deep knowledge you need to outplay your opponents in specific openings.</strong>

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.
<h2>About the Author:</h2>
Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina who has reached a rating of 2559 Elo.

<img class="alignleft" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/gm-damian-lemos-76.jpg" alt="gm damian lemos" width="278" height="278" />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.

<strong>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.</strong> 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’ <strong>Deep Dive</strong> course!
<h2>Is this collection for me?</h2>
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.
<h3><strong>Here are some of the openings you'll be able to master:</strong></h3>
<h4><strong>The King’s Indian Defense.</strong></h4>
<a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/kings-indian-defense-damian-lemos.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1142443" title="kings indian defense damian lemos" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/kings-indian-defense-damian-lemos-600x337.jpg" alt="kings indian defense damian lemos" width="600" height="337" /></a>Put your opponent on the defensive with the <strong>classic counter-attacking weapon against 1.d4, the King’s Indian Defense</strong> – the choice of World Champions from Bobby Fischer to Garry Kasparov.

In this comprehensive 9 hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos reveals all you need to know to become an expert in the King’s Indian Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7), demonstrating how to combat each of the main White variations in turn.

The active King’s Indian Defense repertoire recommended by GM Lemos will frustrate White players used to trying their pet lines while giving Black excellent chances to play for a win in all variations.

The King’s Indian Defense is the definitive answer to 1.d4 and will serve you well for the whole of your playing career. If you want an opening system that your opponents will fear and will produce attacking wins by the bucketload, master the King’s Indian Defense with GM Damian Lemos’ Deep Dive course!
<h4><strong><img class="alignleft" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/The-London-System-main-line-300x300.jpg" alt="deep dive lemos chess courses" width="300" height="300" />The London System.</strong></h4>
If you want to learn a clever opening system that even Kramnik (2808 Elo) decided to turn to, The London System with GM Damian Lemos is the perfect course for you.

Here are some other reasons to learn the London System from GM Lemos:

1. You’ll learn his “caveman” technique for using the bishop pair to <strong>create terrifying attacks on the kingsid</strong>e (it looks crude, but even GRANDMASTERS have lost to this “blitzkrieg” attack!)

2. GM Lemos will also show you how to play the system in a calm and positional manner with absolutely no risk (perfect for slowly outplaying mega-tactical kids and other less experienced
opponents)

3. You’ll discover the tactical method that British GM Tony Miles used to embarrass a GM colleague in just 19 moves (GM Lemos gives you a whole bag of tactical ideas to keep ready for
unsuspecting opponents and GM Miles’ ingenious idea is only one of them!)

4. You get fantastic extras including PGNs, puzzles and a course summary for quick revision and to play sparring games in your new system.

Plus tons more in 9 hours of superb GM video lessons!
<h4><strong>The Accelerated Dragon.</strong></h4>
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The Accelerated Dragon is a great choice for players who want an <strong>aggressive opening they can play against a number of White set-ups</strong>. Know what you’re doing and you have fast development, great activity and a tough to crack position.

In this 8 hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon, starting with the main ideas and delving into the hidden nuances which will allow you to claim the full point against 1.e4 players.

GM Lemos covers all of White’s main options, pinpoints all the things to watch out for, gives his most trusted suggestions and shows how they play out in practice by analyzing memorable model games.

With players like Carlsen, Kasparov, Ivanchuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave adopting this opening, you’re in an excellent company and can enjoy being a master of one of the most exciting opening options available to Black.
<h4><strong><img class="alignleft" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Double-Fianchetto-Domination-Lemos-Deep-Dive-300x300.jpg" alt="double fianchetto lemos chess course" width="300" height="300" />The Double Fianchetto system (b3 and g3)</strong></h4>
In this 9.5 hour ‘deep dive’ course, GM Damian Lemos reveals the opening system quietly being used by Kramnik, Aronian and Wei Yi to dominate games.

Using the ideas presented in this course, your 2 fianchettoed bishops will be transformed into fire- breathing dragons as you control space and capture pieces without mercy.

If you want an opening system you can play against anything Black responds with, a system based
entirely on strategic and tactical ideas, check out Double Fianchetto Domination!

Here’s what you’ll get with the “Double fianchetto chess opening with GM Lemos:

You’ll learn Wei Yi’s wild innovation which leads to a chaotic tactical situation that only you know how to handle (priceless for must-win games).

You get a beautiful technique which transforms a barely noticeable central advantage, into a raging pawn storm in just a few moves. Once you learn this pattern, it will serve you for
life.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>GM Damian Lemos reveals 2 psychological hacks that force your opponent to reveal their</strong> weaknesses</span>, allowing you to push them into a very uncomfortable territory (70% of the club players crack immediately in this situation).

You’ll pick up cunning move-order tricks for keeping your best pieces on, swapping your rival’s off and dominating with your superior activity.
<h4><strong><img class="alignright" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/TheTaimanovSicilian-LemosDeepDive-300x300.jpg" alt="the taimanov sicilian chess course" width="300" height="300" />The Sicilian Taimanov.</strong></h4>
The Taimanov variation of the Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6) is flexible, tricky and gives Black may ways to challenge White and play for the win.

In this 8 hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon, starting with the main ideas and delving into the hidden nuances which will allow you to claim the full point against 1.e4 players.

GM Lemos covers all of White’s main options, pinpoints all the things to watch out for, gives his most trusted suggestions and shows how they play out in practice by analyzing memorable model games.

With most 1.e4 players expecting the Najdorf or Dragon variations, the Taimanov gives you <strong>greater chance of catching them in unchartered territory</strong> – territory you will know like the back of your hand!
<h4><strong>The Chigorin Defense.</strong></h4>
In this course, GM Lemos shows you how to play against the most popular variation played against the Chigorin Defense (1.d4 d5 2.c4 Cc6!) at Club Level.

<img class="alignleft" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Chigorin-Defense-Lemos-Deep-Dive-05-Preview03-e1540340329863.jpg" alt="chigorin defense chess course" width="400" height="227" />When playing with the Black pieces, you have the opportunity to choose the type of game you want. Why not decide for something your opponents won’t be familiar with?

The Chigorin Defense (lemos Deep Dive) - Gm Damian Lemos

The Chigorin Defense has many strong points that make it a must for any chess player willing to improve his tournament results:

<strong>Surprise from move 2.</strong>

After d4 d5 2.c4, White is surely well prepared for 2…e6 or 2…c6. But be prepared to his open-wide eyes while you play 2….Nc6!

<strong>Simple Clear-cut Strategies.</strong>

GM Lemos shows how to play every pawn structure that arises after the Chigorin, exploring the best plans, where to move your pieces and which pieces to exchange – A must-know to improve your positional understanding too!

<strong>Dynamic Variation.</strong>

The Chigorin is largely based on quick development, which will give you amazing tactics from the beginning of the game and big attacking opportunities in the middlegame. No matter where White Castles.

GM Lemos will also walk you through the forcing variation that destroys White’s position if he plays the most natural move – only a master will know why 8.Nf3 is a mistake and why the ridiculous looking 8.Ne2 is the correct move (sealing the Bf1!)

This is an opening that can be learned in a weekend and that will give you lots of points during all your chess career!
<h4><strong><img class="alignright" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/the-petroff-defense-screen-capture2.jpg" alt="petroff defense" width="400" height="225" />The Petroff Defense</strong></h4>
The Petroff Defense, also known as the Russian Defense, was a favorite opening of both Karpov and Kramnik. The Petroff is <strong>as solid as a rock, easy to learn and offers a ton of ways to turn the tables on those 1.e4 players!</strong>

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.

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 the White sidelines and mainlines in turn.

As well as the recommended lines and tricky novelties, GM Lemos shows how these ideas play out in practice with analysis of instructive games, making sure you always know what to do next.
<h4><strong><img class="alignleft" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/1-english-opening-damian-lemos-product-image-300x300.jpg" alt="english opening" width="300" height="300" />The English Opening</strong></h4>
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.

<strong>The English Opening allows the White player to immediately take the opponent out of his comfort zone</strong> 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.
<h4><strong>The Scandinavian Defense</strong></h4>
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, <strong>GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon</strong>, demonstrating how to combat each of White's sidelines and mainlines in turn.
<h4><strong><img class="alignright" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/the-slav-defense-screen-capture1-e1552687859904.jpg" alt="slav defense" width="400" height="222" />The Slav Defense</strong></h4>
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.
<h4><strong>The King's Gambit</strong></h4>
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.

<strong>Now you can follow in the footsteps of the legends, making tactical magic on the board</strong> with this comprehensive Deep Dive into the King’s Gambit.
<h4><strong><img class="alignleft" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/1e4e5b-600x333.jpg" alt="beating gambits with black" width="600" height="333" />1.e4 e5 Beating Sidelines and Gambits with Black</strong></h4>
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.
<h4><strong><img class="alignright" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/dd-french-defense-gm-lemos-product-image-300x300.jpg" alt="french defense" width="300" height="300" />The French Defense</strong></h4>
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 <strong>the French Defense considered one of the most successful openings for Black</strong>, 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.
<h4><strong>The Modern Defense</strong></h4>
<img class="alignright wp-image-767704 size-full" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Modern-e1568604177968.png" alt="modern defense" width="400" height="225" />

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 <em>Deep Dive</em> 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.
<h4><span style="font-family: 'arial black', sans-serif;">The Ruy Lopez </span>– <span style="font-family: 'arial black', sans-serif;">GM Damian Lemos</span></h4>
<a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/DDRL.jpg"><img class="alignright wp-image-808911" title="The French Defense – Gm Damian Lemos (lemos Deep Dive Vol. 15)" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/DDRL-600x336.jpg" alt="ruy lopez chess course" width="400" height="224" /></a>
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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.

<strong>If you don’t study it, you might never hit your true chess potential.</strong>

Sound over-the-top?

Mikhail Botvinnik claimed that the <em>only</em> 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 <strong>1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 </strong>and black doesn't play 3...a6. Lines with 3...a6 will be covered in Part 2, coming later.
<h4><span style="font-family: 'arial black', sans-serif;">1.e4 e5 Beating Italian and Ruy Lopez with Black</span></h4>
<a href="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/e4-e5.jpg"><img class="alignright wp-image-986026" title="1.e4 E5 Beating Sidelines &amp; Gambits With Black (deep Dive Vol. 14)" src="https://cdn1.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/e4-e5-600x333.jpg" alt="beating italian with black" width="400" height="222" /></a>

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.
In a previous Deep Dive, we took care of the Gambits and Secondary Lines, now it's time to face the real openings like the Italian Game and the Ruy Lopez!

As our opposition increases their level, it's more probable that we will end up facing good players of the Italian and Ruy Lopez Openings, so we must be ready to face all the possibilities our rival may play.

GM Lemos will show us his personal selection of lines for a solid approach while keeping Black's winning chances alive.

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<strong>Have you ever had an opening you can really call your own?</strong> 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.
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Chess Openings Mastery – GM Damian Lemos Deep Dive Collection

GM Lemos’ Deep Dive Collection – Vol. 01 – 18

lemos deep dive collectionChess 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.

gm damian lemosDamian 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 collection 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.

kings indian defense damian lemosPut your opponent on the defensive with the classic counter-attacking weapon against 1.d4, the King’s Indian Defense – the choice of World Champions from Bobby Fischer to Garry Kasparov.

In this comprehensive 9 hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos reveals all you need to know to become an expert in the King’s Indian Defense (1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7), demonstrating how to combat each of the main White variations in turn.

The active King’s Indian Defense repertoire recommended by GM Lemos will frustrate White players used to trying their pet lines while giving Black excellent chances to play for a win in all variations.

The King’s Indian Defense is the definitive answer to 1.d4 and will serve you well for the whole of your playing career. If you want an opening system that your opponents will fear and will produce attacking wins by the bucketload, master the King’s Indian Defense with GM Damian Lemos’ Deep Dive course!

deep dive lemos chess coursesThe London System.

If you want to learn a clever opening system that even Kramnik (2808 Elo) decided to turn to, The London System with GM Damian Lemos is the perfect course for you.

Here are some other reasons to learn the London System from GM Lemos:

1. You’ll learn his “caveman” technique for using the bishop pair to create terrifying attacks on the kingside (it looks crude, but even GRANDMASTERS have lost to this “blitzkrieg” attack!)

2. GM Lemos will also show you how to play the system in a calm and positional manner with absolutely no risk (perfect for slowly outplaying mega-tactical kids and other less experienced
opponents)

3. You’ll discover the tactical method that British GM Tony Miles used to embarrass a GM colleague in just 19 moves (GM Lemos gives you a whole bag of tactical ideas to keep ready for
unsuspecting opponents and GM Miles’ ingenious idea is only one of them!)

4. You get fantastic extras including PGNs, puzzles and a course summary for quick revision and to play sparring games in your new system.

Plus tons more in 9 hours of superb GM video lessons!

The Accelerated Dragon.

Gm Lemos' Deep Dive Collection (vol. 01 - 15)

The Accelerated Dragon is a great choice for players who want an aggressive opening they can play against a number of White set-ups. Know what you’re doing and you have fast development, great activity and a tough to crack position.

In this 8 hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon, starting with the main ideas and delving into the hidden nuances which will allow you to claim the full point against 1.e4 players.

GM Lemos covers all of White’s main options, pinpoints all the things to watch out for, gives his most trusted suggestions and shows how they play out in practice by analyzing memorable model games.

With players like Carlsen, Kasparov, Ivanchuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave adopting this opening, you’re in an excellent company and can enjoy being a master of one of the most exciting opening options available to Black.

double fianchetto lemos chess courseThe Double Fianchetto system (b3 and g3)

In this 9.5 hour ‘deep dive’ course, GM Damian Lemos reveals the opening system quietly being used by Kramnik, Aronian and Wei Yi to dominate games.

Using the ideas presented in this course, your 2 fianchettoed bishops will be transformed into fire- breathing dragons as you control space and capture pieces without mercy.

If you want an opening system you can play against anything Black responds with, a system based
entirely on strategic and tactical ideas, check out Double Fianchetto Domination!

Here’s what you’ll get with the “Double fianchetto chess opening with GM Lemos:

You’ll learn Wei Yi’s wild innovation which leads to a chaotic tactical situation that only you know how to handle (priceless for must-win games).

You get a beautiful technique which transforms a barely noticeable central advantage, into a raging pawn storm in just a few moves. Once you learn this pattern, it will serve you for
life.

GM Damian Lemos reveals 2 psychological hacks that force your opponent to reveal their weaknesses, allowing you to push them into a very uncomfortable territory (70% of the club players crack immediately in this situation).

You’ll pick up cunning move-order tricks for keeping your best pieces on, swapping your rival’s off and dominating with your superior activity.

the taimanov sicilian chess courseThe Sicilian Taimanov.

The Taimanov variation of the Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6) is flexible, tricky and gives Black may ways to challenge White and play for the win.

In this 8 hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon, starting with the main ideas and delving into the hidden nuances which will allow you to claim the full point against 1.e4 players.

GM Lemos covers all of White’s main options, pinpoints all the things to watch out for, gives his most trusted suggestions and shows how they play out in practice by analyzing memorable model games.

With most 1.e4 players expecting the Najdorf or Dragon variations, the Taimanov gives you greater chance of catching them in unchartered territory – territory you will know like the back of your hand!

The Chigorin Defense.

In this course, GM Lemos shows you how to play against the most popular variation played against the Chigorin Defense (1.d4 d5 2.c4 Cc6!) at Club Level.

chigorin defense chess courseWhen playing with the Black pieces, you have the opportunity to choose the type of game you want. Why not decide for something your opponents won’t be familiar with?

The Chigorin Defense (lemos Deep Dive) – Gm Damian Lemos

The Chigorin Defense has many strong points that make it a must for any chess player willing to improve his tournament results:

Surprise from move 2.

After d4 d5 2.c4, White is surely well prepared for 2…e6 or 2…c6. But be prepared to his open-wide eyes while you play 2….Nc6!

Simple Clear-cut Strategies.

GM Lemos shows how to play every pawn structure that arises after the Chigorin, exploring the best plans, where to move your pieces and which pieces to exchange – A must-know to improve your positional understanding too!

Dynamic Variation.

The Chigorin is largely based on quick development, which will give you amazing tactics from the beginning of the game and big attacking opportunities in the middlegame. No matter where White Castles.

GM Lemos will also walk you through the forcing variation that destroys White’s position if he plays the most natural move – only a master will know why 8.Nf3 is a mistake and why the ridiculous looking 8.Ne2 is the correct move (sealing the Bf1!)

This is an opening that can be learned in a weekend and that will give you lots of points during all your chess career!

petroff defenseThe 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.

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 the White sidelines and mainlines in turn.

As well as the recommended lines and tricky novelties, GM Lemos shows how these ideas play out in practice with analysis of instructive games, making sure you always know what to do next.

english openingThe 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.

slav defenseThe 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.

beating gambits with black1.e4 e5 Beating Sidelines and 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.

french defenseThe 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

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

ruy lopez chess course

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.

Sound over-the-top?

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.

1.e4 e5 Beating Italian and Ruy Lopez with Black

beating italian 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.
In a previous Deep Dive, we took care of the Gambits and Secondary Lines, now it’s time to face the real openings like the Italian Game and the Ruy Lopez!

As our opposition increases their level, it’s more probable that we will end up facing good players of the Italian and Ruy Lopez Openings, so we must be ready to face all the possibilities our rival may play.

GM Lemos will show us his personal selection of lines for a solid approach while keeping Black’s winning chances alive.

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.