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Reply #6 - 04/03/06 at 02:58:38
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

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Re: Books for White in the Spanish game?
Reply #5 - 04/02/06 at 17:35:46
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Hi Scott,

There are not a lot of books available in the market about the Spanish main lines, and I don´t know why that happens and why there are not yet available one cd-rom of Chessbase about the main lines of the Spanish games with games anotated, because the Spanish is an opening with a lot of history! Maybe fashion, maybe the theory do not change a lot like other openings, but for me a cd-rom on the Spanish is crying to appear. I can advice Mastering the Spanish for learning the ideas behind the opening (and run to pick one, because it is getting rare to see one of the great books like this one available  Wink ), for theory on the main lines, I advice The Ruy Lopez main line by Glenn Flear and then for more detailed theory the Anand series are very good. Easy guide to the Ruy Lopez by Emms, or the new, The Ruy Lopez Explained by Lane are interesting but the first tree are my advice. Andrew martin have a cd from Chessbase called the ABC of the Ruy Lopez, but there are no main lines there (Closed Lopez) like I discovered after buying it. With the first tree choices, you have 1-General Ideas and plans 2-Theory on the Main lines to start playing 3-More detailed theory.
  

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Re: Books for White in the Spanish game?
Reply #4 - 04/01/06 at 17:27:21
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I have the Emms book too, although having the word "easy" in the title is a little misleading since it contains an uncompromising full mainline repetoire with alternatives against some lines. It's very similar to the lines offered by Khalifmann, although less comprehensive since it's only one book.

Although not a repetoire book, another one worth looking out for is "Mastering the Spanish" by King and Ponzetto which covers themes and strategies rather than variations.
  

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Re: Books for White in the Spanish game?
Reply #3 - 04/01/06 at 14:02:50
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There is also a slightly older book from Everyman by Emms, The Easy Guide to the Ruy Lopez, which is written from a White perspective, although it is not exactly a repertoire book.
  

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Re: Books for White in the Spanish game?
Reply #2 - 04/01/06 at 10:36:31
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The Khalifman books are excellent, but for a more digestable starting repetoire you could go for "The Ruy Lopez Explained" by Gary Lane which contains some non-mainline lines like the Worral, early d3 systems, and meeting the Marshall gambit and main line Lopez with 9 d4. If you don't like the d4 anti-Marshall, you can also play 8 d4.


  

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Re: Books for White in the Spanish game?
Reply #1 - 03/31/06 at 20:24:03
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Hello everyone,

I have been working on my white repertoire with 1.e4 recently, and I was wondering if there are any books out there that present a White repertoire for the Ruy Lopez?  I have e4 repertoire books by Emms, Collins, and Kaufman.  However, only Kaufman recommends the Spanish, and he goes with the exchange variation. Emms recommends the Bishop's Opening (which I like) and Collins the Scotch (which I don't).  However, most players tell me to go for the Lopez as White vs. 1...e5.  Is there simply too much theory to present a one-volume White repertoire for the Spanish based on 4.Ba4?  Or are there books out there that I haven't seen? 

Thanks for any advice,
Scott



Hi Scott,

I would recommend the Opening for White according to Anand-series. The Ruy Lopez (with its most principled lines from White side - no exchange Ruy!) is covered in volume 1 (Ruy without a6 and various replies to 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 like the Petroff or Philidor) and especially vol. 2, in which all the main lines are featured. These two tomes are really worth every cent.

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Books for White in the Spanish game?
03/31/06 at 20:05:53
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Hello everyone,

I have been working on my white repertoire with 1.e4 recently, and I was wondering if there are any books out there that present a White repertoire for the Ruy Lopez?  I have e4 repertoire books by Emms, Collins, and Kaufman.  However, only Kaufman recommends the Spanish, and he goes with the exchange variation. Emms recommends the Bishop's Opening (which I like) and Collins the Scotch (which I don't).  However, most players tell me to go for the Lopez as White vs. 1...e5.  Is there simply too much theory to present a one-volume White repertoire for the Spanish based on 4.Ba4?  Or are there books out there that I haven't seen? 

Thanks for any advice,
Scott
  
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