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A sacrifice that could take place on the 6th move would be Bxf7 which would be followed by Nxe5, which would force the Black King to move out. However, after this sacrifice, White may find it difficult to maintain this position; hence the sacrifice may be ambitious for some players. Thus, the common combination is as explained above.

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In this variation, White plays d4 on the 5th move, and this variation was named after George Henry Mackenzie. This variation does not provide any advantage in theory according to modern strategies. This line then continues with exd4 and transposes into the Open Defence.

Black gains a solid position in the Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation which is a great variation for Black to choose to play. The other variations require Black to have a slight amount of skill to tackle the positions.

White wants to play d4 in the near future and fight for a space advantage. While this move deprives the b1 knight of the c3 square, white will often maneuver this knight to the kingside: Nb1-d2-f1-g3 is a good idea to remember in the Ruy Lopez!

I strongly recommend the Ruy Lopez as a mainstay in the opening repertoire for any beginner, and I still play it myself to this day. The adherence to classical opening principles and the strategic complexity it creates are sure to be good for your chess development.

In Play the Ruy Lopez, opening expert Andrew Greet provides the reader with a comprehensive repertoire for White, covering in detail every plausible response from Black after the opening moves 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5. This book is brimming with original ideas and analysis, and also includes extensive coverage of the typical tactics and strategies for both White and Black, thus arming the reader with enough knowledge to begin playing the Ruy Lopez with confidence in his or her own games.

So looking at the Ruy Lopez from that perspective, any other moves would violate some opening principle. Obviously there are plenty of openings that are played, but the Spanish Game is one of the oldest and one of the best.

In the Ruy Lopez, white isn't really going to win the e5 pawn, and the bishop is anyway going to be kicked back to the b3-f7 diagonal giving black the free moves a6 and b5, so why not play Bc4 in the first place?

I use the Spanish system on a daily basis. During my early years, I have been told that the Spanish system is one of the most complicated systems and should be learned at a later stage of the chess development ladder. Yes, technically, the white light squared bishop has four squares to choose from after 1.e2-e4, namely e2, d3, c4 and b5. Bf1-e2 is not so popular because it is passive. Bf1-d3 hinders the d-pawn to advance. Bf1-c4 is popular but you have to be an expert to avoid certain variations that give black comfortable play. Hence, we arrive at Bf1-b5.

Of course, you can use other openings involving other center pawns (e.g. the d pawns), other knights (White plays 2. Nc3, or Black plays 2... Nf6), but those are actually more complicated than the Ruy.

The very first time I played chess, I didn't know any openings and chose the Ruy Lopez due to mental intimidation then later found out its name and I play the scotch more often. It doubles up the pawns and removes the defender of the e pawn plus developing so it's very logical.

This move order signifies the famous Berlin Endgame. It has been reached by many masters and is important to study. There are a lot of tactical shots, but many players think of it as a boring endgame.

Nc3 is recommended and white scores the best with this variation. There is no need to play the common c3 followed by d4 as white can strike in the center more quickly with d4 right away since black is choosing a slower development route.

The Ruy Lopez chess opening has long been seen as white's best chance for an advantage after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6. Many top players and coaches believe your improvement as a chess player depends on your understanding of the Ruy Lopez chess opening.

Of course, an opening with as much history as the Ruy Lopez will have acquired a large amount of theory. Do not let this stop you from playing one of the most respected chess openings, but take your time and enjoy every small step towards mastering the opening.

The bishop on c8 will either develop to d7 or b7, but if you choose b7, it is best to exchange center pawns, or else d5 will shut down the bishop. Black must be careful not to get his knight stranded on a5 after white plays b3 because if white can get in d5 as well, the knight is genuinely stuck.

A strategy that you can use in many openings will help cut down the amount of opening theory you have to learn, and you are likely o have a deeper understanding of how to play the positions than your opponent.

Notice that even the black bishop on f8 supports Black's queenside activity. This is another reason black must play actively because even though they are on b1 and c1, the white bishops still have a long reach.

The Ruy Lopez chess opening possesses a richness and depth that will undoubtedly continue to delight chess players for many years to come. There is no reason to believe that even after over a hundred years, the popularity of this classic opening will wane.

There are always trade-offs in any opening, and the thought of an early draw in the Zaitsev Variation is not a bad result if you are playing black. Far better to get the draw early than grind one out.

The many options available to both sides ensure that the Ruy Lopez caters to players of all playing styles. You are sure to find a way to reach middlegame positions you enjoy playing with either color.

Now, rather than exploring the full tree of moves played in the Ruy Lopez, which is huge, we are going to take a different approach: we will study the typical ideas for both sides one by one, and only after, give an example of line in which it occurs. This article and the following one details the ideas for Black. The current article presents the following possibilities:

Those two last options are discussed in details in my article about the Berlin defense. More generally, even if Black does not play Ng8-f6 on the third move, this Knight will often be developed on f6 anyway. f6 is just the perfect square for this Knight in most cases !

You will learn the common sequences by simply playing, and the variations will be cemented in your memory.Until then, take notes and enjoy learning this opening that leads to exciting possibilities in the middle and end game!

Here are some active demonstrations of this opening used in real competitive chess games to take note of for future reference. Observing other games of all skill levels is one of the best ways to learn next to playing chess itself.

After the opening sequence, the general strategy of both players is to achieve central dominance, but black is usually on the defensive during the first part of the game. Many players will agree that white carries with it a slight advantage when playing the Ruy Lopez, but remember that black has an entire army at their disposal and can be a thrilling victory if you defend properly. After the knight is pressured, black can respond with pawn a7 to a6 and put the threat to the bishop and forcing white to take action.

White can then either choose to capture the knight on c6 resulting in doubled pawns and less coherent structure for black, or you will see players commonly retreat the bishop on b5 to a4. This is a reliable move for beginners because it keeps the bishop in a safe yet influential position.

The first few moves of the Ruy Lopez opening are easy to follow:1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 is very natural. The moves often playedby juniors here, 3. Bc4 and 3. d4, are also easy tounderstand, but may not be the strongest. 3.d4, the ScotchOpening, leads to an early clash but perhaps also an earlysimplification, with a loss of tension and thus winning chances forboth sides. The Italian game with 3. Bc4, hitting f7 andhoping to deter ...d5, paradoxically rather invites ...d7-d5 and anearly exchange in the centre, with equality. This is because thelogical follow-up 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6, results in Blackregaining control of the d5 point.

The Ruy Lopez move, 3. Bb5, keeps the idea of taking overthe centre with d2-d4 (or with c2-c3 and d2-d4), but first does anumber of important other jobs. Like in the Italian Game, theBishop clears the way for White to castle, and then play Rf1-e1.But on b5 rather than c4 the Bishop cannot be hit by ...d7-d5. IfBlack does ever move the d-Pawn, the half-pin of the Knight on c6becomes a full pin, undermining Black's control of e5 and d4.

Why does Black play 7...exd4 when I said the idea is tohold on in the centre? Tarrasch's famous trap showed that Blackcannot play 7...0-0 because of the forcing continuation8.Bxc6 Bxc6 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Qxd8 Raxd8 [10...Rfxd8 allows 15 Kf1- see later 11.Nxe5 Bxe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Nd3 f5 14.f3 Bc5+ 15.Kf1]11.Nxe5 Bxe4 [11...Nxe4 12.Nxc6] 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Nd3 f5 14.f3Bc5+15.Nxc5 [15.Kf1 Bb6 16.fxe4 fxe4+; 15.Kh1 Nf2+ 16.Nxf2 Bxf2 17.Rf1]15...Nxc5 16.Bg5 Rd5 [16...Rde8 17.Be7] 17.Be7 Re8 18.c4winningthe exchange. (If instead 10...Rexd8 White would have 15 Kh1(15...Rxd3; 16 fxe4).) Tarrasch won a game with this against MarcoAFTER publishing it as analysis! (Ifinstead 10...Rexd8 White would have 15 Kh1(15...Rxd3; 16 fxe4).)

In reply to the Morphy the obvious 5 Nc3 is rather boring, butWhite can play 5 O-O since, as we have seen, Black cannotreally win the e4 pawn. The Morphy has itself a strong point line,5 O-O, Be7; 6 Re1, b5; 7 Bb3, d6, the Closed MorphyDefence, and a counter-attacking line, 5 O-O, Nxe4; 6 d4, b5; 7Bb3, d5, the Open Morphy Defence. These are systems ofgreat richness, and the Closed Morphy best avoided until your chessunderstanding is well advanced.

Grandmaster theory suggests that Black is taking on rather a lotof weaknesses when playing this way, but that may not be soimportant if you are not playing Grandmasters. Siegbert Tarrasch,who was so effective playing the Ruy as White, preferred to playthis way as Black, and since then Max Euwe, Victor Kortchnoi, ArturYusupov, Jan Timman and Viswanathan Anand have all been happy toplay the Open Morphy at World Championship and Candidates' level,so you can see that this is not very much of a handicap. 041b061a72

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