1.e4 e5 Winning vs the Italian Chess Opening and Ruy Lopez

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1.e4 e5 Beating Italian and Ruy Lopez with Black

1.e4 E5 Beating Italian And Ruy Lopez With Black (deep Dive Vol. 18)

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.

About the Author:

Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.

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.

How is this course going to help me?

It’s time to face main openings, and it will be really important for you to have specific lines to counter the Italian and the Ruy Lopez.

So, GM Damian Lemos is here to arm yourself to the teeth so you can be ready to demolish any of white’s choices after 1.e4 e5.

Here’s what this course will do for you:


  • Make you a better chess player. There’s a reason why Anand said every player should master the Ruy Lopez. These positions teach you things about piece and pawn play, strategy and counter-attacking that you just don’t get from other openings – not at the same level anyway. GM Lemos shows you how to handle the Ruy Lopez properly – getting an active position full of creative ways to play for a win.
  • 1.e4 E5 Beating Italian And Ruy Lopez With Black (deep Dive Vol. 18)Give you a bulletproof repertoire you have supreme confidence in. No surprises… if your opponent plays something unexpected it’s likely bad! Big strategic aims form the bedrock of this repertoire, with specific recommendations to deal with short-term issues.
  • Teach you elite-level strategy. Take a look at this position. Equal? Black is close to winning. Pawn on the c- instead of a-file, slightly better bishop… and one sneaky move that slows White right down. GM Lemos analyzes a modern strategic classic in chapter 5.

Some of the things covered:

  • The Carlsen formula. Magnus goes for similar setups against both the Italian and Spanish… then executes his favorite plan ruthlessly. GM Lemos breaks down this killer strategy in chapter 5.
  • Exchange student. Activity is key when facing the Ruy Lopez exchange variation (4.Bxc6) – sit back and you’ll get steamrollered. You’ll learn how to force a situation that lets your bishop-pair dominate the game.
  • New ideas in the Spanish. Keep your rivals guessing with creative approaches like Caruana’s ingenious 3…g6! system. Success in this line comes from a rapid kingside attack and redirecting the bishop at the critical moment.

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Content Outline


Chapter 1 – The Evans Gambit

Part 1: Evans Gambit Introduction

Part 2: 7.Nxe5

Part 3: 7.Bd3

Part 4: 7.Be2

Chapter 2 – Italian Opening 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4

Part 1: 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 and 7.Nbd2

Part 2: 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 and 7.Bd2

Part 3: 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 and 7.Nc3

Chapter 3 – Italian Opening 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5

Part 1: 6.e5 d5 7.Be2

Part 2: 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5

Part 3: More Lines After 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5

Chapter 4 – Italian Gambit

Chapter 5 – Italian Opening Main Line

Part 1: Introduction to the Italian Main Line

Part 2: Ideas in the Italian Opening

Part 3: Learning from Magnus Carlsen

Part 4: Model Game: Giri – Anand

Part 5: More Model Italian Games

Part 6: Italian Opening Middlegame Ideas

Chapter 6 – Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation

Part 1: 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d4 and 5.Nc3

Part 2: 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0

Part 3: More Lines after 5.0-0

Chapter 7: Ruy Lopez Steinitz Deferred

Part 1: Lines After 5.Bxc6

Part 2: Lines After 5.d4

Part 3: Lines After 5.c3

Part 4: Model Games