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:




• If the opening video hasn't shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.
• If the video displays an error, try to start and play it later.

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

Find Video 6 on another page, by clicking this link:
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