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10. Counter 1.b3 Larsen Opening

10. Counter 1.b3 Larsen Opening

Many players spend time preparing against White’s mainlines, beginning with 1.e4, 1.d4, 1.c4, or 1.Nf3. As a result, it’s easy to ignore preparation against other 1st move options. 

And 1.b3 is one such move. It’s a more interesting opening than its reputation gives it credit for.

It is an ideal choice for practical players who want to avoid theoretical battles and play fresh positions.

White fianchettos their Bishop with 2.Bb2 and waits before committing to a pawn structure.

So how do we play against this opening? That's what we will cover in this course.

If you’ve prepared the ChessMood repertoire against English and Nc3 Anti-Sicilian, you’ll quickly acquaint yourself with the pawn structure and the typical plans we recommend here.

Let’s get started!

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What you'll learn

  • A practical repertoire beginning with 1…c5! which is easy to remember.
  • The setup which coach GM Gabuzyan himself uses in practice, and from his experience gives Black easy-to-play positions.
  • How to play against White’s different systems beginning with moves like 3.Nf3, 3.f4, 3.e3 which are often recommended in other sources.

Students give this course an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars.

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Course 35 episodes (1 hour 37 min)
Creators GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes
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