The Modern Defense – GM Damian Lemos (Lemos Deep Dive Vol. 16)

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How to Play The Modern Defense – GM Damian Lemos

The Modern Defense – Gm Damian Lemos (lemos Deep Dive Vol. 16)

Whether you prefer quiet strategic positions or wild tactical positions, the Modern Defense (1.e4 g6) gives you the flexibility to push the game in a direction where you feel totally comfortable.

And to be able to do this — without memorizing too much theory —  as Black…is huge!

That’s why GMs like Aronian and Andreikin have really taken notice and are adopting this opening, often winning beautiful games in the process.

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 hours 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.

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?

The Modern Defense is a hyper-modern 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!

Here’s part of what this course is going to teach you:

The Modern Defense – White goes for the kill! 2.h4

The Modern Defense – Gm Damian Lemos (lemos Deep Dive Vol. 16)

In the main sideline idea, white tries to prove black wrong and threatens to go for blood with 1.e4 g6 2.h4 which could take you by surprise.
Fair enough, if GM Lemos is going to take you into the Modern Defense waters, he always makes sure that aggressive sidelines like this one are covered.
That’s why GM Lemos offers his favorite line 2…Nf6?! putting early pressure on white’s center where careful play is needed as there are several natural moves that simply gives black a better endgame.
If white tries to go for an early pawn storm you will know how to repel white’s over-aggressive play and gain the advantage for yourself.

The Modern Defense – White plays e4-d4-c4

The Modern Defense – Gm Damian Lemos (lemos Deep Dive Vol. 16)

In this variation, black allows white to get a huge center after 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4 (Diagram) then plays 3…d6.

This seems like a simple transposition to a King’s Indian Defense but keep in mind the knight is still on g8 and that means we keep the position flexible.

GM Damian Lemos will show you everything you need to know in order to understand these positions and play the Modern Defense with confidence.

Don’t hesitate!

Become a hypermodern player today!

Enjoy this course!

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6 hours

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Content Outline

Chapter List:


Chapter 1: White Plays 2.h4

Chapter 2: Mainline – White Plays e4-d4-c4
  • Part 1 – Flexible Center
  • Part 2 – Closed Centre
  • Part 3 – Early Queen Exchange Variation
  • Part 4 – White Keeps the Central Tension
Chapter 3: White Sets up a Strong d4-c3 Center
  • Part 1
  • Part 2

Chapter 4: White Plays f4-e4-d4

Chapter 5: White Plays e4-d4-Nf3-c3

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
Chapter 6: White Plays e4-d4-Nf3-Bc4
  • Part 1
  • Part 2

Chapter 7: White Plays e4-d4-Nf3-Bd3

Chapter 8: White Plays e4-d4-Nc3

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3