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Re: 3...a5 against the Ruy Lopez - G. Popov Variation
Reply #6 - 04/21/08 at 11:49:00
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1.e4 e5, 2.nf3 nc6. 3.bb5 a5?! the so called bulgarian defense.. I have read on this line on "Graham Burgess - 101 Opening Surprises", it is the surprise No. 16.. It IS a surprise no doubt.. Personally I don't think it is sound enough to be played in long time controls unless the level difference between players is huge - on a first round of a swiss system for example - and black is very confident that he will outplay white anyway.. But for blitz/rapid is certainly an  option..

4. 0-0 Na7, 5. Bc4 b5,6. Bxf7+ Kxf7, 7.Nxe5+ Ke7, 8.d4 Nf6 is unclear.. White has compensation, but I find it kind of foolish to go into this line as white to tell you the truth..

6. Be2 d6, 7. d4 is a safe +=, white has a comfortable, easy game..



  
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Re: 3...a5 against the Ruy Lopez - G. Popov Variation
Reply #5 - 04/20/08 at 12:52:00
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I tend to agree. There is no need for fireworks such as 6.Bf7 when one can simply claim an edge with 6.Be2.

T_S, if you want to avoid theory whilst still playing 1.e4 e5, then 2.Nf3 Qe7!? (!? for the practical value) might be for you. Black plays ...c6, ...d6, ...g6 and ...Bg7 followed by playing chess. Hardly anyone has seen it before and White only gets a slight edge.
  

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Re: 3...a5 against the Ruy Lopez - G. Popov Variation
Reply #4 - 04/19/08 at 20:16:40
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This is not really a gambit, as White more or less can restore material with 8.Nf7. An improved version of this begins with 6.Nxe5. Not that 6.Be2 is bad, White must be better.
  

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Re: 3...a5 against the Ruy Lopez - G. Popov Variation
Reply #3 - 04/19/08 at 15:59:08
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Chevalier wrote on 04/19/08 at 08:25:41:
4.0-0 Na7 5.Bc4 b5 6.Bf7!? Kf7 7.Ne5 looks like more than enough compensation to me. Just look at Black's king stuck in the centre and Black's dodgy a7-knight!

Of course the bishop goes back to e2 and black may think about his horse, the delayed development and a rather strange pawn on a5 - 5.Bc4  followed by some sac on f7 is just what Black wants to show his home based computer analyses where suddenly on move XY the tables are turning.
  
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Re: 3...a5 against the Ruy Lopez - G. Popov Variation
Reply #2 - 04/19/08 at 08:25:41
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4.0-0 Na7 5.Bc4 b5 6.Bf7!? Kf7 7.Ne5 looks like more than enough compensation to me. Just look at Black's king stuck in the centre and Black's dodgy a7-knight!
  

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Re: 3...a5 against the Ruy Lopez - G. Popov Variation
Reply #1 - 04/19/08 at 08:23:41
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The_Shah wrote on 04/19/08 at 07:11:30:
Do you think it would make a decent surprise weapon?


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3...a5 against the Ruy Lopez - G. Popov Variation
04/19/08 at 07:11:30
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The above title is not a typo - 3...a5 is the move I would like to discuss. Have you seen this move before? Do you think it would make a decent surprise weapon?

Before you take this thread as a joke or a satire on the Ruy Lopez, I should mention that this variation featured first in Kaissiber 7 and in the forum of Yearbooks 56 and 62 (unfortunately I only have the third of these sources).

At the risk of sounding contradictory, I don't trust 3...a5 either, but it's the sort of thing that could work very well in blitz and rapid. Especially since the opponent could easily consider the move to be a mouseslip.
  
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