Ruy Lopez Opening

  1. 4 years ago

    Yotta

    Sep 15 Administrator
    Edited 4 years ago by Yotta

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    1. e4 e5
    2. Nf3 Nc6
    3. Bb5

    The most basic idea of the Ruy Lopez opening, is that White attacks the knight which defends Black's e5-pawn. The opening is named after Ruy López de Segura, who made a study if this opening during 1561.

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    Some interesting statistics about the opening:

    White Win: 40%
    Black Win: 27%
    Draw: 33%

    (Statistics obtained from www.becomeawordgameexpert.com/stats.htm )

    The Ruy Lopez opening seems to be a popular opening among many ChessConquest players. Have you had any success with this particular opening?

  2. tallfred

    Sep 15 Moderator

    This opening is also known as the Spanish Opening, or the Spanish Game, but has been referred to as the Spanish Torture because of the slight but nagging edge that White seems to hold in all the main variations. Wikipedia has a lost to say about it:

    There was a time that the Spanish was most played of all openings, but there has been a tendency by Black to move away from the Ruy Lopez to other systems, especially the Sicilian (1.e4 c5). Currently at master level the Sicilian is the most played opening and has been so for a number of years.

    Yes, I've had some success with it, especially as White, although the odd sally as Black has been productive too.

  3. Yotta

    Sep 17 Administrator

    I've seen a few players playing the Sicilian (1.e4 c5) in some of my games. Also tried it a couple of times myself, but I still need to study it a bit more before I'll be comfortable with it.

    Is the Sicilian one of your preferred openings as black Tallfred?

  4. tallfred

    Sep 17 Moderator

    I love to play the Sicilian because it has such a dynamic nature. It is a good opening for attacking players. Positional players can find interesting variations such as the accelerated dragon (1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c4 cxd4 4. Nc3 g6) There are a good number of systems for Black to choose from: the Dragon, Schevieningen, Kan, Najdorf, Taimanov, Kalashnikov and so forth. The curious reader can look them up at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicilian_Defence (Wikipedia is your friend)

    White can cut across this strategy by playing Nc3 and d3 instead of Nf3 and d4, giving rise to the Closed Sicilian. Black has nothing to fear in these lines: in fact White's strategy is relatively unambitious so play is very even.

    Having said that the Closed Sicilian gives rise to positions I personally don't enjoy, no matter how equal they may be, Most players on ChessConquest play the Closed Sicilian so I have stopped playing the Sicilian almost entirely.

    Still, I would recommend anyone to try the Sicilian, especially if you can get an openings book or get some guidance on the Internet.

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