Peter Svidler’s Ruy Lopez Archangel Repertoire!
GM Peter Svidler presents some exciting, new opening ideas in this video, a free preview of Svidler’s Archangels.
The Ruy Lopez (Spanish) has been played for 500 years and is renowned for its rich, strategic play. Unsurprisingly, there are many variations to choose from but one that’s been enjoying a rise in popularity is the Ruy Lopez Archangel variation, characterized by 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5.
The development of the Bishop to the active c5 square introduces tactical complications which can catch out the unprepared player, making it a great weapon against 1.e4 players.
In this video, GM Svidler gives his recommendations against the 13.Bc2 line. Already a pawn down, Black must play with vigor. There’s plenty of tension in the position and many tempting lines including 13…Qd7, preparing the unusual move 14…Nb4, discovering an attack on the b5 Knight.
The main move, however, is 13…exd4 and White often replies with the natural 14.cxd4. This should be met with the active 14…d5 15.e5 Ne4 taking advantage of the fact the Knight cannot be taken else the pinned Knight on f3 will fall.
White has many possibilities but forcing the Bishop away with h3 (and especially if followed up with g4) allows Black counterplay with f7-f5.
There are more tactical solutions available to Black in the Ruy Lopez Archangel with Nxe5 being possible if White puts the Bishop on e3. After dxe5 Bxe3, fxe3 Black has …Rxb5, picking up the loose Knight.
It’s clear that White has a number of pins and discovered attacks to look out for but side-stepping them isn’t so easy. As Peter demonstrates, if White brings his Queen over to the Queenside, Black can quickly drum up threats against the King, often leading to a forced draw.
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