June 13, 2010

Ruy Lopez: Exchange Variation

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This is to give you initial but essential knowledge on the Ruy Lopes chess opening, Exchange Variation. Designed for chess beginners and not only for chess beginners. To learn the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez, read description in Part 1 and see Video 4 in Part 2.

Part 1: Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation - Description

ECO Codes: C68-C69
Moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6
The Ruy Lopez, Exchange variation is popular today at the all levels of chess...

After 3... a6, White simply takes the knight on c6... Playing the Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez, White and Black use the following tactics. White: To damage the whole pawn structure and get advantage on the King side. In the endgame - to break through, promote his pawn, and win.

Black: To keep and explorer the advantage of 2 bishops vs the bishop and knight. If White has changed the pawn structure, Black should not exchange any of his bishop until proper compensation in the opening phase. The Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopes has 7 subvariations:

• Exchange, Alekhine variation [simple, useful for chess beginners]:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d4 exd4 6.Qxd4 Qxd4 7.Nxd4 Bd7
• Exchange, Keres variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.Nc3

• Exchange, Romanovsky variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.Nc3 f6 6.d3
• Exchange, 5.O-O variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O

• Exchange, Alapin Gambit variation [very exciting but sharp and risky]:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bg4 6.h3 h5

• Exchange, Gligoric variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O f6
• Exchange, Bronstein variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Qd6

To provide King safety, White makes short castling while Black makes short castling or long. Within the Exchange variation, the typical White moves are d4 and then Nxd4 or Qxd4 - to preferably change the pawn structure. The typical Black move is f6 which works good for the Exchange variation.

Part 2: Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation - Video 4

Video 4 "Ruy Lopez: Exchange Variation" is located below. This video must help you learn the Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez chess opening in a visible way. To see the video on the Ruy Lopez Exchange variation, just click the Play button below:




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June 7, 2010

Ruy Lopez: Main Variations

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Today we will see the main variations of the Ruy Lopez chess opening. This Ruy Lopez lesson also includes Video 3 on the topic. You can find Video 3 at the bottom of this page. To see all material on the Ruy Lopez, you can click the "Ruy Lopez" link at the top. Welcome!

The Ruy Lopez opening has 184 variations. Today you will learn the names and designated moves of 14 main variations. You are recommended to read below the main variations of the Ruy Lopez in writing. Then, you can learn the main variations by seeing Video 3 at the bottom.

The list of the main variations of the Ruy Lopez follows:
• The Morphy Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6
• The Closed variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7

• The Exchange variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6
• The Open variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4
Note: The Open (Tarrasch) Defence variation is the full name.

• The Marshall Counter-Attack variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5
• The Closed, anti-Marshall 8.a4 variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.a4

• The Berlin Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6
• The Berlin Defense, 4.O-O variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O
• The Old Steinitz Defence variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6

• The Classical (Cordel) Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5
• The Schliemann Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5
• The Cozio Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nge7

• The Bird's Defence variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4
• The Fianchetto [Smyslov/Barnes] Defense variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6.
Note: The variations are shown approximately in the order of play popularity.

Video 3 "Ruy Lopez: Main Variations" is located below. This video must help you learn the main variations of the Ruy Lopez in a simple and visible way. To see the video on the Ruy Lopez main variations, just click the Play button below:




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June 6, 2010

Ruy Lopez: The Answering Statistics

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Designed for chess beginners, this is post number 2 on the Ruy Lopez chess opening which includes Video 2 under the name "Ruy Lopez: The Answering Statistics". Find Video 2 on this page below. To see all material on the Ruy Lopez, click the "Ruy Lopez - Main Page" link at the top...

Today we will discuss the answering statistics on the Ruy Lopez chess opening. Learn these statistics in order to know which lines of the Ruy Lopez are the most common today. The Ruy Lopez starts with the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5. Then, Black can answer:

3... a6, or 3... Nf6, or 3... d6, or 3... Bc5, or 3... f5, or 3... Nge7, or 3... Nd4, or 3... g6, or 3... f6, or 3... Be7, or 3... Na5, , or 3... g5, or 3... Qe7. But do you know how often Black answers, to say, 3... a6, 3... Nf6, 3... g6, or 3... Nge7? The Ruy Lopez answers popular in 1900 may be not popular today...

Video 2 "Ruy Lopez: The Answering Statistics" is below, and it will show you which 3 Black answering moves to the Ruy Lopez are being played today in 90% of the games. To see the video on the Ruy Lopez on the topic, just click the Play button below:




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June 3, 2010

Ruy Lopez

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This lesson will help you get initial knowledge on the Ruy Lopez chess opening. Within this chess openings blog, this page is the Main Page for the Ruy Lopez. Below and at the bottom of this page, you can find all the links to access the Ruy Lopez posts, videos, .pgn and .pdf files.

I. Ruy Lopez: Data and Description

Opening Name: Ruy Lopez
Synonym 1: Spanish Opening
Synonym 2: Spanish Game

Opening Type: Open Game [1.e4 e5 ...]
Moves Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5
ECO Codes: C60-C99

Today, the Ruy Lopez is one of the most popular openings in chess. The Ruy Lopez is also the most popular Open Game. It is beautiful and promising for White and Black. The Ruy Lopez has 184 variations. Some of them are very popular, many not. All the variations are divided into 2 big Groups.

The Group 1 Variations are mostly new systems which start with 3... a6. Group 1 includes 131 variations. The Group 2 Variations are mostly older systems which start with 3... other than a6 [Nf6, d6, Bc5, f5, Nge7, Nd4, g6, f6, Be7, Na5, g5, and Qe7]. Group 2 includes 53 variations.

The opening is named after Spanish priest Ruy Lopez de Segura. He made a study of the opening in 1561. The Ruy Lopez was developed by Wilhelm Steinitz, Carl Jaenisch, Mikhail Chigorin, Siegbert Tarrasch, Frank Marshall, Paul Keres, Vasily Smyslov, Isaac Boleslavsky, Alexander Alekhine, Max Euwe, Igor Zaitsev (a trainer of Karpov), Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov...

II. Ruy Lopez: 7 Videos

This is Video 1 on the Ruy Lopez chess opening. The video name is "Ruy Lopez: Starting Out." The English term "to start out" stands for "to begin a journey." Let's begin our journey on learning the beautiful Ruy Lopez. To start Video 1, just click the Play button below:




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Find Video 2 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 2: Ruy Lopez - The Answering Statistics

Find Video 3 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 3: Ruy Lopez - Main Variations

Find Video 4 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 4: Ruy Lopez - Exchange Variation

Find Video 5 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 5: Ruy Lopez - Morphy Defense Variation

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Video 6: Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defense Variation

Find Video 7 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 7: Ruy Lopez: Schliemann Defense Variation

Note. You can also download free pdf ebook here:
Free pdf eBook: Ruy Lopez - All Variations