1.e4 e5 Beating Italian and Ruy Lopez with Black
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.
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.Be2
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