Welcome to my Réti Opening games page!

On this page I display links to my chess games in which I played either side of the Réti Opening.

This opening is named after Richard Réti. The following information about Richard Réti is copied from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Richard Réti playing chess

Richard Réti playing chess

  •  Country   Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia
  • Born   28 May 1889  Bösing, Austria-Hungary (now Pezinok, Slovakia)
  • Died   6 June 1929 (aged 40)  Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czechia)

Richard Réti (28 May 1889, Bösing (now Pezinok) – 6 June 1929, Prague) was an ethnic Jewish, Austrian-Hungarian, later Czechoslovakian chess player, chess author, and composer of endgame studies. He was born in Pezinok which at the time was in the Hungarian part of Austria-Hungary, where his father worked as a physician in the service of the Austrian military.   His older brother Rudolph Reti [sic: he did not use the acute accent] was a noted pianist, musical theorist, and composer. He is the great-grandfather of the German painter Elias Maria Reti.

Réti came to Vienna to study mathematics at Vienna University. One of the top players in the world during the 1910s and 1920s, he began his career as a fiercely combinative classical player, favoring openings such as the King’s Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.f4). However, after the end of the First World War, his playing style underwent a radical change, and he became one of the principal proponents of hypermodernism, along with Aron Nimzowitsch and others. Indeed, with the notable exception of Nimzowitsch’s acclaimed book My System, he is considered to be the movement’s foremost literary contributor. He had his greatest early tournament successes in the period 1918 through 1921, in tournaments in Kaschau (Košice) (1918), Rotterdam (1919), Amsterdam (1920), Vienna (1920), and Gothenburg (1921).[2] The Réti Opening (1.Nf3) is named after him. Réti famously defeated the world champion José Raúl Capablanca in the New York 1924 chess tournament using this opening – Capablanca’s first defeat in eight years, the only one to Réti, and the first since becoming World Champion. Réti was also a notable composer of endgame studies.   In 1925 Réti set, and for a time held, the world record for blindfold chess with twenty-nine games played simultaneously. He won twenty-one of these, drew six, and only lost two.   His writings have also become classics in the chess world. Modern Ideas in Chess (1923) and Masters of the Chess Board (1933) are still studied today.   Réti died on 6 June 1929 in Prague of scarlet fever. His ashes are buried in the grave of Réti’s father Dr. Samuel Réti in the Jewish section of Zentralfriedhof cemetery in Vienna, in Section T1, Group 51, Row 5, Grave 34.

The games include analysis and diagrams. Click on the links below to view the actual games.

Typical Starting Position for the Réti Opening

Typical Starting Position for the Réti Opening

The diagram above shows the typical starting position for the Réti Opening.

In my games in which I have played the Réti Opening, I sometimes end up transposing into an English Opening. In the Réti Opening White usually attacks on the Queenside or in the Center. The hypermodern theory says to attack the Center from the wings instead of occupying the Center with pieces or pawns. This can lead some people to think that the Réti Opening is slow or boring, but the truth is that the Réti Opening can lead to sharp, and even convoluted, play. The video below clearly explains how to transpose into other openings from the Réti Opening.

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