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11/09/2020 Monday Night Chess Club in Snowmass Base Village

"For in the idea of chess and development of the chess mind we have a picture of the intellectual struggle of mankind ." /Richard Reti/"

LESSON OF THE DAY: Reti’s Opening

This is usually a pretty quiet way to start the game. The knight develops to a good square, and White maintains the flexibility of the central pawns. A later d2-d4 move may transpose to a 1.d4 opening (while avoiding certain lines), while a later c2-c4 move might transpose to the English.



Controls e5

Prepares to Castle


Blocks the f-pawn

Allows 1…c5, controlling the d4 square from the side

Reti’s Idea

Is Black winning in this position? White to move next.

Reti Opening Moves

1.Nf3 d5


Black’s responses to 2. c4

2... e6 or 2… c6 (holding the d5-point)

2… dxc4 (giving up the d5-point)

2… d4 (pushing the pawn)

Reti’s Opening – Typical Chess Tactics

Immortal Chess Game

Richard Reti vs Jose Raul Capablanca

“A Knight in Capablanca” New York (1924), NY

English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense, King’s Indian Formation

Attacking the King

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