3 Best Chess Openings for Club Players 👍 with GM Damian Lemos!

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🤝 “Choose an opening… which is sound, regardless of fluctuations in current theory.“, Horowitz and Reinfeld.

GM Damian Lemos gives his recommendation on which openings to play if you are a club player.

Damian’s opinion on improving your openings is well established: it’s more important to know ideas than to memorize moves. That’s why, instead of choosing “trendy” variations with long lines of precise moves to remember, he suggests sticking to positionally sound, active chess openings.

In this video, GM Lemos explains which 3 openings will give you solid positions with great attacking potential.

The London System – Openings for club players

This opening begins with 1.d4 and 2.Bf4, and can be played against any of Black’s responses (however, if your opponent plays the dubious Englund gambit with 1…e5?!, perhaps you should choose a different move!)

2.Bf4 has been neglected for years, but in recent times both Kramnik and World Champion Magnus Carlsen have decided that the London System has hidden power, even against the best players in the world!

In this video GM Lemos analyzes one of Magnus Carlsen’s games where he finds a very creative move in a well-known position.

By far the most popular move is 8.Bd3, with two ideas in mind:

1. To prepare the typical pawn break e3-e4.
2. To attack on the kingside.

Instead, Magnus Carlsen played the sophisticated 8.Bb5!, aiming to gain control over the e5 square by exchanging the knight. And, after 8…Ne7, then 9.Bd3! is the intended move.

It looks like White loses a tempo, but …Ne7 isn’t a move Black wants to play – mainly because he would lose control over e5.
In fact, the immediate Ne5 is very strong. But there is also a very nice tactical idea.

In the game, Black played 9…b6, and after 10.e4! dxe4 11.Nxe4 Nxe4 12.Bxe4, the Ra8 is hanging. With the knight on c6, Black could have answered with …Bb7, finishing development. But now Black has to play 12…Rb8, giving White the initiative.

White had a winning position just 3 moves later!

GM Damian Lemos’ insight into these 3 openings for White gives you the knowledge needed to get advantageous middlegames (if Black survives the opening!) without spending hours studying!

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59 Comments

  1. i loved the london system. can you go in depth on london system in a video?

  2. bruh who uses tennison gambit to troll advanced people??? I do and i won

  3. Ehm, not having watched the video, i'd argue that there aren't 3 absolute best for club players, because even club players have styles in which they perform better because they understand a closed game or open game better. Some openings always result in open games if played correctly.

    gonna watch and then decide if my comment needs to be revised :d

  4. I love how active iChess.net is with responses, and thanks for the video! I've been wanting to try the London system for a while now.

  5. Thank you!

    For me, bettering my openings is a matter of understanding the concept behind the various openings, as opposed to memorization. You do a great job explaining WHY these openings work.

  6. Lol you say no memorizing but then you show all those traps (which you have to memorize). Also you didnt tell any plans how to play after you reach your setup with Nf3, Nd2, Bd3, 0-0 , e3, c3 and d4. What does the white player want do do then? YOu only told that Ne5 is an idea. What else?! What does black want to do?! Also you only showed openings for white, no for black. So only 50%.

  7. London opening i believe a favourite of my brother Vincent
    I thin time after viewing here to change my modus operandi!

  8. I taught my kid this one. For a single opening repertoire, it keeps you out of trouble. On the other hand, it isn't conducive for a beginner to learn lots of tactics. I've been playing King's gambit a lot to sharpen my tactics.

  9. cool openings, what about playing as black? any similarly best 3 for club players?

  10. Damian Lemos you are stuck inside a chessboard? We can help you!

  11. What repertoire with black for club players recommended?
    vs 1.d4 and vs 1.e4
    Thank U

  12. I know this is a very basic question but I'm still confused, for example as white if I want to play the Ruy Lopez, but Black answered differently which results in another opening, and I am not prepared for that, do I continue developing my pieces in the framework of Ruy Lopez or do I just play sticking to the basic opening principles?

  13. Do we have videos where black defense examples are given just like this??

  14. What should i do if enemy plays d4/e4 ps:im more agressive than solid

  15. In the first opening, why doing queen exchange when you can do check mate :/ 😀 ?!

  16. Is there anything like this video for black?

  17. I personally prefer GingerGM's treatment of the london, as I find it much easier to calculate forcing lines till mate than to maneuver pieces, but still great video by GM Lemos!

  18. I hope someday Kamsky does a book or DVD on the london, i feel most of the theory comes from his games.

  19. Who wants Damian make a Deep Dive on the Colle-Zukertort System???? I think that will be great!!!

  20. Great video! no offense, but who else thinks of Jean Girard from Taladega Nights, I LOVE CREPES!

  21. Gavrila, I studied the Colle-Zukertort. It seems after …2 Bf5, White doesn't have much.

  22. I played online chess a couple of minutes ago and I fought someone named GM Damian Lemos

  23. Please make a video about The Kopec System ( a system against The Sicilian Defense )

  24. Question: what is meant by "club player"? I know what a club player is, but what makes something like this suitable for them as opposed to someone else?

  25. Sir I played London opening against a strong opponent than and won it as I got advantage in opening

  26. How about doing a deep dive on london as Black?

  27. Can you tall me any thing this guy doesn't know

  28. Good video, i am already considering adding one more opening as white and 1 more as Black. Colle and London system definitely my top 2 choices.
    Look forward to seeing your other video on opening for black against D4

  29. I looked up how many games of chess I’ve played. Its 4750, I’m at the point where I don’t care to get better. 2790 of those are in the last year. As I quit playing for a long time. Due to countless variations. I care about unique check mates. My goal is trying to make a game Ive not remembered playing. The game is still actually fun. Rather than just variations… or memorizing tricks. Stealing a piece isn’t exciting anymore. I dont care about advantages. But one thing I do hate are pointless and needless exchanges. People have taken to just exchanging pieces without any care in the world.

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