Ruy Lopez – VECO

Spanish Opening Chess

The Ruy Lopez, also known as the Spanish Opening, is one of the oldest and most popular chess openings ever. The opening is named after a Spanish priest from the 16th century, Ruy López de Segura.

The Ruy Lopez begins with the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5.

It is one of the most heavily analyzed openings in today’s game and continues to enjoy incredible popularity at all levels (elite players such as Anand, Caruana, and Carlsen frequently play the Ruy Lopez).

Moreover, the Ruy Lopez is considered essential to the development of any promising player. Its strategic nature, typical tactics plus the fact it leads to both open and closed positions makes it perfect for deepening general chess understanding.

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Ruy Lopez, Archangelsk (counterthrust) Variation with 7. c3

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bb7 7. c3

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Ruy Lopez, Archangelsk (counterthrust) Variation with 7. Re1

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bb7 7. Re1

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Ruy Lopez, Archangelsk (counterthrust) Variation with 7. d3

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bb7 7. d3

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Ruy Lopez, Neo-Archangelsk Variation with 7. a4

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb4 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4

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Ruy Lopez, Closed, Flohr-Zaitsev System (Lenzerheide var.)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Bb7

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Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Nb8

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Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin Defense 

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Na5

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