Deep Dive: e4 e5 Spanish/Italian for Black

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Deep Dive: e4 e5 Spanish/Italian for Black

Chapter 1 (Part I): The Evans Gambit

Chapter 1 (Part II): The Evans Gambit

Chapter 1 (Part III): The Evans Gambit

Chapter 1 (Part IV: The Evans Gambit


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Deep Dive: e4 e5 Spanish/Italian for Black

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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.

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.
  • 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.

Things we cover…

  • The Carlsen formula. Magnus goes for similar setups against both the Italian and Spanish… then executes his favorite plan ruthlessly. I break 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. I show you how to force a situation that lets our 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, redirecting the bishop at the critical moment. See how 28…Bd4! threatens …Ng3+! and …Qh5# in this sequence (diagram).

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.

Damian Lemos at board

Content Outline

  • Introduction

    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.Bb6

    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


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