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Re: Ruy Lopez Keres Variation/Tony K June 2008 update
Reply #2 - 07/03/08 at 20:02:30
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An excellent answer by HgMan! Pretty much my own attitude towards theory. Anonymous should listen well to this counsel!
  
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Re: Ruy Lopez Keres Variation/Tony K June 2008 update
Reply #1 - 07/03/08 at 14:40:37
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Dunno.

1). Have you tried playing it?  Best way to find out.
2). What do you think?  Second best way to find out is to do some analysis.  Play through Topalov-Adams and other relevant games and make a note of any move you don't understand and list alternatives.
3). Compare 16...Rb8, 16...Bd7, and 16...Bb7.  Determine for yourself which seems to offer positions you find most interesting and attractive.  More to the point, work out the point behind each of these moves (and the moves leading up to these): that should allow you develop a deeper understanding of the position.
4). Theory changes with the introduction of each new idea.  There's little point asking which of these lines is best; the better question is to decide which makes the most sense to you.  No one can answer that question for you.
  

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Ruy Lopez Keres Variation/Tony K June 2008 update
07/03/08 at 06:08:37
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In the main line of the Ruy Lopez Keres Variation, 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Nd7 12. Nbd2 exd4 13. cxd4 Nc6 14. d5 Nce5 15. Nxe5 Nxe5 16 a4, the mainline for Black is 16...Rb8 and it seems to be very unclear. 16...Bd7 is a simpler alternative that Nigel Davies gives in his book, Play 1 e4 e5. 16...Bb7 was very lightly analyzed b Tony Kosten in his June 2008 update. After 16...Bb7, Nigel Davies gives 17 f4 Nd7 18. Nf3 Re8 19. Bd2 Bf6 20. Ra2 (Topalov, V Adams, M, Cap d'Agde 2003) as equal for Black. Tony Kosten references the same game without judging the position. Is this line and 16...Bb7 ok for Black?

  
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