The Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings Vol#5 – The Reti – GM Bryan Smith & GM Damian Lemos
The Reti Opening is a positionally interesting opening for White full of hidden bite. Thanks to its flexibility and many ways to play for a win, the Reti Opening has slowly become more and more popular among players of all levels. It occurs after the move 1.Nf3.
Not only has the Reti Opening been frequently played by the best grandmasters of the past such as Anatoly Karpov and Ulf Andersson, but it is also played by many leading grandmasters today – Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Peter Svidler, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Kramnik and many more.
The opening is called the Reti because it was introduced and regularly played by the Czechoslovakian Grandmaster Richard Réti in the 1920s.
It’s a flank opening, meaning that White does not start off by pushing his central pawns, but goes for a different – a hypermodern – strategy. White does not try to control the center early on with his pawns but spends some time on fianchettoing his light-squared bishop and only then increases his central influence with the moves c2-c4 and sometimes d2-d4.
In many variations, the resulting unbalanced positions offer scope for both sides to play for a win.
About the Authors:
Bryan Smith is an American Grandmaster and chess coach. GM Smith has won many international tournaments including Limpedea Cup (Romania), Citta di Erba (Italy), Easter International (Serbia), Philadelphia International, National Chess Congress, US Masters, etc.
Grandmaster Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup.
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?
- Come and learn the GMs special recommendations on the Reti, GM Smith will show you the dangers white may face if he tries to exploit the early development of the light-squared Bishop via Qb3, Black can play Nc6! sacrificing a pawn but getting a nice play after Qxb7 Bd7! and white must play carefully here. If you want to avoid this line, GM Smith has a sound option that will ensure you a safe but energic play where Black has to be alert not to get caught!
- It’s always useful to know what happens when Black takes on the c4 pawn! Maybe you won’t be facing this very often as this capture seems counter-intuitive but you’d better be ready to face this over the board! Well, GM Smith will show you exactly how to play here.
- After developing your central control on hypermodern style, learn to perform breakthrough at the precise moment when white plays e4! sometimes even at the cost of a pawn that will pay huge dividends.
- Keep in mind that transpositions are a constant in the Reti, so the c4 move can be delayed, or even never performed! GM Lemos will show us how to proceed with this approach against several Black’s choices.
- If this wasn’t enough, you will have a couple of videos on how to play the Reti as Black – you’ll learn how to play against this Reti-system as Black, starting with a fianchetto of the queenside bishop and looking to play …e5 when possible.
These and many other lines are extensively covered in this excellent series by internationally renown trainers.
We’ve put together a 1000+ game PGN of recent (2019-) games in The Reti – the perfect resource for finding new ideas once you’ve mastered everything in this course.