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.
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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.
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 or perhaps you need a surprise weapon to baffle your regular opponents with. This is a great 6½ hour Deep Dive that gives you the strategies, move-order tricks, and attacking ideas that have taken down GMs!
Chapter 1: 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 d6, Part 1
Chapter 2: 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 d6, Part 2
Chapter 3: 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 d6, Part 3
Chapter 4: 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6, Part 1
Chapter 5: 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6, Part 2
Chapter 6: 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6, Part 3
Chapter 7: 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6, Part 4
Chapter 8: 1.b3 d5, Part 1
Chapter 9: 1.b3 d5, Part 2
Chapter 10: 1.b3 d5, Part 3
Chapter 11: 1.b3 d5, Part 4
Chapter 12: 1.b3 d5, Part 5
Chapter 13: 1.b3 Nf6, Part 1
Chapter 14: 1.b3 Nf6, Part 2
Chapter 15: 1.b3 c5
Chapter 16: 1.b3 a5