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Spanish Opening (Ruy Lopez)

The Spanish or Ruy Lopez is by far the most popular of all chess openings. Since the introduction by Spanish priest Ruy Lopez in the 16th century it has been played on all levels. And since the midst of the 20th century all great players have played the opening, usually with both colours. Why is the Spanish so popular? Probably it's the balance between tactical sharp play on the one hand and strategic, positional play on the other hand. It combines these two main elements which make the game so beautiful, often leading to very interesting games with chances for both sides. Because of it's popularity a lot of theory has been developed extensively over the years. On general you could divide the opening in three categories: the Open Spanish, the Closed Spanish and other variations. In all variants black has several defences to it's display. In the Closed Spanish, starting with the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 a6 4.La4 Pf6 5.0-0 Le7, a lot of great players have their own variation named after them, like Breyer, Zaitsev, Steinitz, Tschigorin and Smyslov, as well as the the Marschall Gambit. Off course with white there's ways to differentiate from the main line. Playing 5. d3 or 6. d3 is fashionable these days - initially popularised by Peter Svidler and others to avoid theory - but now having it's fair chair of theory of it's own. In the Open Spanish (1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.Lb5 a6 4.La4 Pf6 5.0-0 Pe4) the most famous line is the Berlin Defense. This opening sometimes results in the queenless Berlin Wall, being popularised greatly by Vladimir Kramnik during his world champion match against Garry Kasparov in 2000. Also the Tartakower and Tarrasch are often seen in the Open Spanish. Other popular lines (neither Open or Closed) are the Classical Variation, the Jaenish Gambit or Schliemann Defense and the Cozio Defense. With black you also have to be ready to face the Exchange Variation, (a Bobby Fisher favourite), where white decides to exchange his bishop for the knight early in the game by playing 4. Bxc6. Playing the Ruy Lopez has many advantages - but as seen above - you have to be ready for many black options. With black - if you're a 1. e4 e5-player - you have some nice lines to pick from. A lot of instructive books have been written on the Spanish for both colours, by e.g. Victor Bologan, Roman Jiganchine, Eric Schiller, Neil McDonald, and Ivan Sokolov.



The Berlin Wall - Cox, John
2008 Quality Chess The Berlin Wall-Cox, John

The Berlin Wall is the nickname of the queenless middlegame that occurs after the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5. The game starts off with a Spanish, to become a Berlin Defense and after the queen exchange chess players have been calling this the Berlin Wall, because of the tenaciousness character of blacks defense. This book concentrates mainly on understanding the opening, rather than presenting long lines of theory without explanation.
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Starting Out: The Ruy Lopez (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - Shaw, John
2003 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The Ruy Lopez (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-Shaw, John

Sometimes the Ruy Lopez – especially to players who are relatively new to the game - must look like an endless dark forest, with all it’s dazzling lines, sidelines and possibilities for both sides. This book offers the improving player (beginner and advanced) a clear view on the Spanish. Without long text parts or long, complicated sidelines Starting Out: The Ruy Lopez concentrates on the key principles of the Spanish.
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Ruy Lopez: Move By Move (everyman Chess) - Mcdonald, Neil
2011 Everyman Chess Ruy Lopez: Move By Move (everyman Chess)-Mcdonald, Neil

Neil McDonald points out that the Ruy Lopez is often called a solid opening, but according to him in many aspects it can be described as the most unsolid answer to 1. e4. However it may be, the Spanish certainly is one of the most popular openings on all levels, and the reason might just be this double edged characteristic. In Ruy Lopez: Move by Move McDonald presents an overview of the basic theory, useful for both white and black. The essence lays in the opening/middle game phase.
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Play The Ruy Lopez - Greet, Andrew Dr
2007 Everyman Chess Play The Ruy Lopez-Greet, Andrew Dr

In this book Andrew Greet offers white a strong, specific Spanish repertoire. He divides the book into three clear chapters. Part one is on variations with 3… a6 and part two is on 3…a6 4. Ba4 and fourth move alternatives for black. Part three is the core of the book, where Greet gives his full attention to the theory of the so called Worrall System (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bb6 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Qe2). This last move may not be so often seen in Grandmaster practice, but it goes with certain strong ideas, tricks and long-term plans.
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Carlsen's Neo-møller: A Complete And Surprising Repertoire Against The Ruy Lopez - Simeonidis, Ioannis
2021 New In Chess Carlsen's Neo-møller: A Complete And Surprising Repertoire Against The Ruy Lopez-Simeonidis, Ioannis

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Ruy Lopez C60-69: 516 Characteristic Chess Puzzles - Harvey, Bill
2019 Independently Ruy Lopez C60-69: 516 Characteristic Chess Puzzles-Harvey, Bill

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The Chigorin Bible - A Classic Defence To The Ruy Lopez - Sokolov, Ivan, Lopez, Ivan
2019 Thinkers Publishing The Chigorin Bible - A Classic Defence To The Ruy Lopez-Sokolov, Ivan Lopez, Ivan

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How To Win With Ruy Lopez - Kleider, Hans
2019 Independently How To Win With Ruy Lopez-Kleider, Hans

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Understanding Before Moving 1: Ruy Lopez - Italian Structures - Grooten, Herman
2019 Thinkers Publishing Understanding Before Moving 1: Ruy Lopez - Italian Structures-Grooten, Herman

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The Schliemann Defence: Move By Move - Tay, Junior
2018 Everyman Chess The Schliemann Defence: Move By Move-Tay, Junior

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Miniatures In The Ruy Lopez: Main Lines (chess Miniatures) - Hansen, Carsten
2017 Independently Miniatures In The Ruy Lopez: Main Lines (chess Miniatures)-Hansen, Carsten

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Schliemann Defence: Volume 2 - Tactics And Combinations (opening Preparation) - Jiganchine, Roman
2017 Independently Schliemann Defence: Volume 2 - Tactics And Combinations (opening Preparation)-Jiganchine, Roman

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Schliemann Defence: Volume 1 - Theory And Practice (opening Preparation) - Jiganchine, Roman
2017 Independently Schliemann Defence: Volume 1 - Theory And Practice (opening Preparation)-Jiganchine, Roman

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My Secrets In The Ruy Lopez - Portisch, Lajos
2017 Gambit Publications My Secrets In The Ruy Lopez-Portisch, Lajos

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Spanish Opening - Strategy And Tactics (opening Preparation) - Jiganchine, Roman
2017 Independently Spanish Opening - Strategy And Tactics (opening Preparation)-Jiganchine, Roman

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Chess Openings By Example: Ruy Lopez - Schmidt, J., Schmidt, J.
2017 Independently Chess Openings By Example: Ruy Lopez-Schmidt, J. Schmidt, J.

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The Zaitsev System: Fresh Ideas And New Weapons For Black In The Ruy Lopez - Kuzmin, Alexey
2017 New In Chess,Csi The Zaitsev System: Fresh Ideas And New Weapons For Black In The Ruy Lopez-Kuzmin, Alexey

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Bologan's Ruy Lopez For Black: How To Play For A Win Against The Spanish Opening - Bologan, Victor
2016 New In Chess Bologan's Ruy Lopez For Black: How To Play For A Win Against The Spanish Opening-Bologan, Victor

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Grandmaster Repertoire 13 - The Open Spanish - Mikhalevski, Victor
2013 Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire 13 - The Open Spanish-Mikhalevski, Victor

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Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez: Dazzle Your Opponents! (dangerous Wepaons) - Emms, John
2013 Everyman Chess Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez: Dazzle Your Opponents! (dangerous Wepaons)-Emms, John

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Schliemann Defense - Schiller, Eric, Shamkovich, Leonid
2012 Ishi Press Schliemann Defense-Schiller, Eric Shamkovich, Leonid

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How To Play The Dilworth Attack: A Chess Works Publication - Schiller, Eric
2012 Ishi Press How To Play The Dilworth Attack: A Chess Works Publication-Schiller, Eric

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Spanish Gambits Updated In 2011 - Schiller, Eric, Shamkovich, Leonid
2011 Ishi Press Spanish Gambits Updated In 2011-Schiller, Eric Shamkovich, Leonid

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Slay The Spanish! (everyman Chess) - Taylor, Timothy
2011 Everyman Chess Slay The Spanish! (everyman Chess)-Taylor, Timothy

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Understanding The Marshall Attack - Vigorito, David
2010 Gambit Publications Understanding The Marshall Attack-Vigorito, David

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Ruy Lopez Revisited, The - Sokolov, Ivan
2010 New In Chess,Csi Ruy Lopez Revisited, The-Sokolov, Ivan

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Attacking The Spanish - Brunello, Sabino
2009 Quality Chess Attacking The Spanish-Brunello, Sabino

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A Spanish Repertoire For Black - Marin, Mihail
2007 Quality Chess A Spanish Repertoire For Black-Marin, Mihail

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The Ruy Lopez: A Guide For Black - Johnsen, Sverre, Johannessen, Leif Erlend
2007 Gambit Publications The Ruy Lopez: A Guide For Black-Johnsen, Sverre Johannessen, Leif Erlend

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Ruy Lopez Exchange - Panczyk, Krzysztof, Ilczuk, Jacek
2005 Everyman Chess Ruy Lopez Exchange-Panczyk, Krzysztof Ilczuk, Jacek

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The Spanish Exchange Variation: A Fischer Favourite: White Repertoire For Tournament Players (progress In Chess) - Kindermann, Stefan
2005 Edition Olms The Spanish Exchange Variation: A Fischer Favourite: White Repertoire For Tournament Players (progress In Chess)-Kindermann, Stefan

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How To Play The Ruy Lopez - Taulbut, Shaun
2004 Hardinge Simpole How To Play The Ruy Lopez-Taulbut, Shaun

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Archangel & New Archangel (everyman Chess) - Panczyk, Krzysztof
2000 Everyman Chess Archangel & New Archangel (everyman Chess)-Panczyk, Krzysztof

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Open Ruy Lopez - Flear, Glenn
2000 Everyman Chess Open Ruy Lopez-Flear, Glenn

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The Open Spanish - Krasenkov, Mikhail
1995 Cadogan Books The Open Spanish-Krasenkov, Mikhail

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Winning With The Schliemann (maxwell Macmillan Chess Openings) - Tseitlin, Mikhail
0000 Cadogan Books Winning With The Schliemann (maxwell Macmillan Chess Openings)-Tseitlin, Mikhail

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Offbeat Spanish: Meeting The Spanish Without 3...a6 - Flear, Glenn
0000 Everyman Chess Offbeat Spanish: Meeting The Spanish Without 3...a6-Flear, Glenn

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