The Reti Opening (1.Nf3) is a very strong and sound White opening. Yet it is rarely played in tournaments. White can choose from a variety of setups, usually with a Kingside fianchetto (similar to the King’s Indian Attack) and the move “c4” (like the English Opening). There are a variety of independent lines and different plans for White. Black too has a variety of “anti-Reti systems”.
Diagram: Reti Opening
Reti Opening Transpositions
The move 1.Nf3 is very flexible. White often plays “c4” or “d4” as a later move in the Reti Opening, making it similar to a number of other opening systems:
Alternatively, White can play the main line of a “true Reti opening” with a plan of c4 (without d4), and a kingside bishop fianchetto (g3).
Main Line Reti with 1..d5
The Reti Opening often refers to the openings where Black plays “d5”. A common move order is:
Diagram: Reti Opening with c4
Reti Opening Variations
Systems in the Reti Opening include:
- Main Line (1.Nf3 d5, 2.c4)
- Reversed Benoni (1.Nf3 d5, 2.c4 d4)
- Neo-Catalan (1.Nf3 d5, 2.c4 e6)
- London System (with c6 and Bf5)
- Barcza System (g3 and Bg2 with delayed c4)
For more about lines for Black against the Reti, read more about: Anti-Reti Systems.
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