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Re: Learning the Open Lopez
Reply #2 - 01/24/10 at 21:47:04
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Watsonfox wrote on 01/24/10 at 13:05:55:
I have decided to learn the Open Lopez as black and I have a few questions.
What are the critical lines?
What model games do you recommend to study?
Who are the experts in this line


Books first: Flear's books are always of a good standard and can be recommended, but for learning the ideas of this opening I suggest Krasenkow's book is still the number one choice.

Players: Tarrasch, Euwe, Korchnoi, Anand, Ivanchuk, Jussupow, Krasenkow, Marin, Korneev, Mikhalevski, Flear, Sorin, Sipke Ernst.
  
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Re: Learning the Open Lopez
Reply #1 - 01/24/10 at 17:10:45
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Before you start playing the Open Ruy Lopez you should study the key game Kasparov-Anand, 1995. I remember that this game (15 years ago!) nearly refuted the whole opening line.

Of course nowadays Black has found ways to stay in the game but there are still obstacles in the 9.Nbd2 line (as in the Kasparov game).

So if you enjoyed (or got frightened!?) the mentioned game and still want to learn the Open Ruy Lopez there are some slightly dated - but still very good - books around (Flear, Krasenkow). And most of all you may stay tuned with a subscription to chesspublishing 1.e4e5 (no I am not working for Chesspublishing  Grin)

There (and in the books) you will see that there are even more hair raising and tactical / strategical comlicated lines.

Players to follow are all those strong 1.e4-players as Kasparov, Anand, Leko, Shirov, Karjakin,...

Have fun...
  
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Learning the Open Lopez
01/24/10 at 13:05:55
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I have decided to learn the Open Lopez as black and I have a few questions.
What are the critical lines?
What model games do you recommend to study?
Who are the experts in this line
  
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