November 9, 2010

Ruy Lopez: Schliemann Defense

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Designed for chess beginners, this lesson gives initial knowledge on the Schliemann Defense variation of the Ruy Lopes. To learn the Schliemann Defense, you can read its data in Part 1, see Ruy Lopez Video 7 in Part 2, and download the Schliemann Defense PGN file in Part 3.

Part 1: Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense - Data

Name: Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense Variation
ECO: C63. Moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5
Popularity: 5-7% of the Ruy Lopez games.

Other Name: Jaenisch Gambit.
Sub-Variation Name: Schliemann Defense, Berger variation
Sub-Variation Moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.Nc3

The Schliemann Defense is one of the six most popular Ruy Lopez variations. It was originated by Carl Jaenisch but later on was named after German lawyer Adolf Karl Wilhelm Schliemann. 4.Nc3, then 4.d3, and 4.Bxc6 are considered the best White answers to the Schliemann Defense.

The Schliemann Defense has 3 main lines: [1]4.Nc3 fxe4, [2]4.d3 fxe4, [3]4.Bxc6 dxc6. Also, there is one sharp line [4.Nc3 fe 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 de 7.Nxc6 Qg5 8.Qe2 Nf6..] which is used rarely by chess masters as surprise. This line may not be recommended for chess beginners.

Part 2: Ruy Lopez, Video 7 - Schliemann Defense

The video is made up of 3 parts. Part 1 shows the designated moves of the Schliemann Defense. Part 2 shows how to correctly play the 1st proven line [4.Nc3 fxe4]. Part 2 shows how to correctly play the 2nd proven line [4.d3 fxe4]. To see the video, 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.

Part 3: Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense - PGN File

The PGN file will show the latest tendencies in playing the Schliemann Defense. The file is 20 games played in 2010 by FIDE players rated 2400 and above. Game 8 is the famous sharp line performed by a chess player rated 2672 against a top chess player with the rating of 2813.

To download the Schliemann Defense PGN file, click the following link:
Schliemann Defense PGN File (17 KB)


Note. To read the PGN file, you will need a PGN Viewer. See Lesson 16, which explains how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program.