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Re: Ruy Lopez : a bust for Open Defence?
Reply #2 - 06/13/17 at 00:06:00
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1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 Be7 11. Bc2 d4 12. cxd4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Qxd4 14. Nf3 Qxd1 15. Rxd1,

GM Victor Mikhalevski continues with 15...0-0.

Another idea is 15...Na4!?
For example, 15...Na4 16. Nd4 O-O-O 17. Bxa4 bxa4 18. Be3
Rd5! and I think black is OK.
  
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Re: Ruy Lopez : a bust for Open Defence?
Reply #1 - 06/11/17 at 04:12:27
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"1 e4 e5
2 Nf3 Nc6
3 Bb5 a6
4 Ba4 Nf6
5 O-O Nxe4
6 d4 b5
7 Bb3 d5
8 dxe5 Be6
9 Nbd2 Nc5
10 c3 Be7
11 Bc2 Bg4
...
Then , if it's only to draw , why to choose Open Defence?"

The Bernstein/Karpov 9Nbd2 is black's biggest headache.  GM Victor Mikhalevski has promoted 11...d4!? (instead of 11...Bg4) and it has done pretty well. You might want to take a look at it.

Anand (black) drew Topalov in a critical line after:
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Ne4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. de5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 d4 11. Be6 Ne6 12. cd4 Ncd4 13. a4 Bc5!? 14. Ne4 O-O!? 15. Nc5 Nf3 16. Qf3 Nc5 17. ab5 ab5 18. Bg5! Ra1!? 19. Bd8 Rf1 20. Kf1 Rd8 21. g3 Ne6 (drawn on move 30).

I think titled players can study this a little and never lose. At lower levels, either side can slip and fall.

I think black can get good chances in other Open Ruy lines. As a practical matter, you may never face the line given above.

The Open Ruy is not easy to play, but it usually generates sharp and interesting play.




  
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Ruy Lopez : a bust for Open Defence?
02/06/06 at 10:21:38
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The game Topalov-Sokolov , Antwerp 1997 went :
1 e4 e(
2 Nf3 Nc6
3 Bb5 a6
4 Ba4 Nf6
5 O-O Nxe4
6 d4 b5
7 Bb3 d5
8 dxe5 Be6
9 Nbd2 Nc5
10 c3 Be7
11 Bc2 Bg4
12 Re1 O-O
13 Nb3 Re8
14 Nxc5 Bxc5
And Sokolov could eventually equalize
But , since this game , all games with this line were 1-0 , as one can see in
ChessBase.com  database
Does it mean that Open Defence is refuted?
I played it recently , and was lucky enough to draw , but never I had the shadow
of a winning chance
Then , if it's only to draw , why to choose Open Defence?
Other lines , like Berlin Wall , are easier and safer to draw
I shall play no more the Open Defence until a BIG improvement
  
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