Master 1.b3! – GM Damian Lemos
1.b3 might just be the most under-rated first move in chess.
You already know it’s solid and flexible… but I’m here to tell you that 1.b3 (aka Larsen’s Opening) can also be a stone-cold killer.
This quiet little pawn move hides a ton of trickery and dangerous ideas… it allows White to be flexible and sets up some far from obvious opening traps for Black.
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.
Is this course for me?
GM Lemos first got really interested in 1.b3 after making his Double Fianchetto Domination Deep Dive a few years ago.
He went to the source, looking at how Danish legend Bent Larsen played it… the guy scored 35W 6D 6L with his opening – 81%!
Plus he studied the modern approach, discovering how Nakamura (74% from 65 games!), Karjakin (76% from 19), and Carlsen (83% from 9) handled business.
So, basically, GM Lemos took that knowledge and those insights and built a 1.b3 repertoire from the ground up.
Here’s part of what this course is going to teach you:
The Larsen – Black blocks the a1-h8 diagonal…
Here GM Lemos recommends Bobby Fischer’s b3 bait-and-switch tactic! So your rivals sometimes will go and try blocking the long-diagonal, thinking this will completely neutralize your b2 Bishop, but you can use Fischer’s strategy: Attack along the g-file, divert the defense, use the g-pawn to take out f6, and watch the a1-h8 diagonal open up anyway! (Diagram).
So for any reply of Black, there is a counterplan and GM Lemos is more than happy to show you.
Fischer, Carlsen, Nakamura, Karjakin, be the next to adopt this underrated but promising opening!
Remote control. It’s funny that we can let Black stake their claim in the center and still control it from afar. You have to get it right, of course. It’s a fine balance. But done right, your rivals will be sitting staring at their position wondering how on earth they’re in zugzwang in the middlegame!
That b2 bishop is going to give your opponents nightmares! Gunning down the long-diagonal, it is very hard to stop. I show you how Nakamura destroyed a former world champion after the defensive 12…Ne8 (diagram), getting out of the way of g4-g5 and over-protecting g7. Literally one move and White has a winning position!
This Deep Dive comes complete with the annotated PGN, PDF of opening-specific puzzles, and PDF course summary!
Maybe you want a new main opening for 2021.
Perhaps you need a surprise weapon to baffle your regular opponents with.
A great 6½ hour Deep Dive that gives you the strategies, move-order tricks, and attacking ideas that have taken down GMs!
Enjoy this course!