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Re: What's so funny about Ruy Lopez 5.d3 ?
Reply #2 - 05/17/06 at 14:45:13
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Perfectly respectable line I always thought - what about the stuff recommended in the last Update on ChessPub - early ...d6 followed by ...g6 I think.
  
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Re: What's so funny about Ruy Lopez 5.d3 ?
Reply #1 - 04/30/06 at 12:11:27
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In my chess Library, I see this line is mentioned in Shaun Taulbot's Understanding the Spanish. The choice seems to be to play d4 in 1 move and learn all that Theory, or play it in two moves and learn much less  Cool

Early d3 systems are still popular with GMs and give a decent score for White. Maybe the resorting to d3 in various anti-Marshall systems has shown that playing the Lopez even more slowly still has a drop of poison.

However this line goes right back to Steinitz, and can be played independantly from normal Lopez lines by delaying 0-0 to do the Nbd2-f1-g3/e3-f5/d5 manouver without moving the King's Rook, or even going 0-0-0 (ala Steinitz).

Fischer played it, possibly linked to why he liked the slow KIA in his early years.

If you like to play like a Boa Constrictor, then this is the line for you.


  

Those who want to go by my perverse footsteps play such pawn structure with fuzzy atypical still strategic orientations

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What's so funny about Ruy Lopez 5.d3 ?
04/29/06 at 13:09:20
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What's so funny about 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 that Andrew Martin's Chessbase DVD ABC of Ruy Lopez is the only place I have seen it mentioned?
  
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