The Veresov Attack – Chess Openings with GM Damian Lemos

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The Veresov Attack (also known as the Richter-Veresov Attack) is one of the most dynamic chess openings for White which occurs after the move 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 or 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3. The Veresov Attack: Playing Dynamic Chess Openings for White

White usually follows up with the move 3.Bg5 (the classical move) or 3.Bf4 (the trendy move).

It is an offbeat opening for White which has become quite popular in recent years. Strong and creative grandmasters like Baadur Jobava and Richard Rapport have started to play this opening frequently and have contributed a lot of fresh ideas to the opening.

On top of that, many other strong grandmasters like Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Nakamura, Naiditsch and even Carlsen started to use this opening as a surprise weapon.

One of the main advantages of playing the Veresov Attack – especially at club level – is that White usually brings Black out of his comfort zone as early as move 2.

Most club players have never studied the relatively rare Veresov Attack and don’t know how to play against it.

If studied well, the Veresov Attack can serve as a killer chess opening for White. Nowadays, with the availability of huge databases and chess engines which calculate way better than any human can, it’s a huge advantage when you’ve done a lot of home-preparation and your opponent has to figure out all the moves on his own at the chessboard. Hence, the Veresov Attack can be a deadly weapon in the right hands.

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