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The Slav Defense – GM Damian Lemos

The Fianchetto System 3

The Fianchetto System 4

The 4-Qc2 Variation 5

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Every World Champion played it. AlphaZero rediscovered it and quickly made it its 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.

Over 7 hours of training with Damian will redefine your Spanish Opening repertoire and will get you ready to play for an advantage against all kinds of rivals.

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.

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.

Over 7 hours of training with Damian will redefine your Spanish Opening repertoire and will get you ready to play for an advantage against all kinds of rivals.

The Slav Defense – Initial Position

f 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.

Apart from a huge theory section which covers all reasonable setups for White to play against the Slav Defense, GM Damian Lemos shows how these ideas play out in practice through the analysis of instructive games, making sure you’re ready with the most powerful reply!

The Fianchetto System

The move 4.g3 (diagram) leads to a relatively rare and harmless sideline which Black does not need to fear. It is usually played by Catalan/Reti players who do not want to enter the theoretical mainlines.

However, the setups with the bishop on g2 against the Slav Defense are only good for White if the Black light-squared bishop is boxed inside his own pawn chain (the positions where Black played an early …e6 before bringing the bishop out).

After 4.g3, Black easily manages to bring out his bishop to the active squares of f5 or g4. White’s bishop on g2, in contrast, usually bites on granite on the h1-a8 diagonal as Black has the solid b7-c6-d5 pawn chain.

Content Outline

  • Introduction: About this course

  • Chapter 1: The 4.Nbd2 Variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nbd2)
  • Chapter 2: The Fianchetto System (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3)
    • Part 1: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 – Sidelines
    • Part 2: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 – Mainlines
  • Chapter 3: The 4.Qc2 Variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qc2)
  • Chapter 4: The Exchange Variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5)
    • Part 1: Introduction to the Exchange Variation
    • Part 2: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 Bg4 7.Be2 (1)
    • Part 3: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 Bg4 7.Be2 (2)
    • Part 4: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 Bg4 7.Nf3
    • Part 5: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 Bg4 7.Qb3 (1)
    • Part 6: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 Bg4 7.Qb3 (2)
    • Part 7: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 Bg4 7.Qb3 (3)
    • Part 8: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nf3
  • Chapter 5: The 4.e3 Variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3)
    • Part 1: (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Bd3)
    • Part 2: (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be2)
  • Chapter 6: The Two Knights Variation (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3)

GM Damian Lemos

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