Chess Openings for White: Ruy Lopez (Spanish Opening)
This is the ultimate collection of premium chess courses on the Ruy Lopez (or Spanish Opening), one of the best chess openings for White (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5). With this Super Mega Bundle you will get 80+ hours of chess training on this legendary opening.
Every line and sideline of the Ruy Lopez is covered in this massive collection of chess videos. The Berlin, Breyer, Jaenisch (or Schliemann) Gambit, 6.d3 variation, Archangel variation, Marshall Attack, and more.
The 20 courses included in this Super Mega Bundle are presented by some of the top chess Grandmasters and coaches of the world, such as Sam Shankland, Peter Svidler, Marian Petrov, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Damian Lemos, Leonid Kritz, Josh Friedel, Paco Vallejo, Jan Gustafsson, and more!
Why play the Ruy Lopez
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 make it perfect for deepening general chess understanding.
If you don’t already play the Ruy Lopez, here are 2 reasons why you should start:
- Vishy Anand insists the Ruy Lopez and the Sicilian Defense are the 2 essential openings to understand if you want to understand chess.
- Mikhail Botvinnik claimed the great Polugaevsky was held back from being a World Championship contender because he didn’t play the Ruy Lopez and so never mastered positional play.
About some of the Authors
Marian Petrov is an accomplished professional chess coach, theorist, and Bulgarian champion for 2002 and 2017, as well as winner of many open tournaments around the world.
GM Petrov is also a FIDE trainer and was the coach of Team Wales at the 2016 Baku Olympiad. He graduated from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, with a Bachelor’s degree in Chess Pedagogy, a four-year undergraduate program designed to prepare top-level chess trainers.
Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.
In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.
By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.
Peter Svidler is a Russian chess Grandmaster and an eight-time Russian Chess Champion. Svidler has competed in three World Championship tournaments. He also played in three Candidates Tournaments, in 2013, 2014, and 2016. His best results at this level have been third in 2005 and 2013.
He has represented Russia at the Chess Olympiad ten times (1994-2010, 2014) winning five team gold medals, two team silvers and an individual bronze. Svidler won the Chess World Cup 2011, was runner-up in the World Blitz Championship in 2006 and won at Fontys Tilburg, Biel, and Gibraltar. He assisted Vladimir Kramnik at the Classical World Championship matches in 2000 and 2004.
Svidler is a frequent commentator on important chess tournaments and matches on the chess website Chess24. He received praise for his online real-time analysis and solo post-game summaries of the 2018 World Chess Championship final.
Sam Shankland is an American Chess Grandmaster and the 2018 US National Chess Champion. He is a mainstay of the US Olympic Team, a two-time Olympiad Gold Medallist (2014 and 2016), a former World U-18 co-champion (2008), Champion of the Strong Capablanca in Memoriam (2018), Continental Champion of the Americas (2018), and the winner of several international events.
He has worked as an analyst for the reigning World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, training with him to prepare for the 2014 and 2016 World Championship matches.
With a peak rating of 2731, he was ranked as high as #24 in the world.
Berlin Wall – GMs Jan Gustafsson and Paco Vallejo
The Berlin Wall (or Berlin Defense) went from relative obscurity to being the most discussed opening in chess when Vladimir Kramnik used it to successfully frustrate Garry Kasparov in 2000, ultimately winning the World Championship.
Since then Magnus Carlsen has employed it in many top games, notably his matches against Vishy Anand in 2013 and 2014.
If you play 1.e4 or meet that move with 1…e5 then this is an opening you need to be familiar with.
GMs Paco Vallejo and Jan Gustafsson join forces to reveal the main ideas for both sides in this 1h 20m course. The early exchange of Queens does not mean the game will be simple and understanding all the opportunities and difficulties, plus their solutions are essential for good results.
This course provides you with everything you need to know to confidently navigate the murky waters of the Berlin Wall and come out on top.
Jaenisch Gambit – GM Roeland Pruijssers
The Jaenisch (or Schliemann) Gambit – 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 – is a relatively underestimated reply to the hugely popular Ruy Lopez.
In his first video series for chess24, Dutch Grandmaster Roeland Pruijssers, one of the world’s leading experts, shows you what the opening is all about.
He gives a full overview and sometimes gives viewers a choice of what to play, so you can choose lines that match your own style of play.
Play The Berlin – GM Laurent Fressinet
French Grandmaster and Magnus Carlsen second Laurent Fressinet teaches you how to play the Berlin Defence with Black. The Berlin, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6, is arguably the most popular opening at the highest level, pioneered by Vladimir Kramnik and employed by Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen, and many others.
It also happens to be AlphaZero’s first choice against the Ruy Lopez.
Introduction to the 6.d3 Spanish – GM Peter Svidler
Peter Svidler is back! In this series, the 7-time Russian champion takes a deep look at the move 6.d3 in the Spanish (Ruy Lopez). The secrets of one of the hottest lines at the top level are now available to everybody!
White players can get a complete repertoire to play 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3. If you’re on the black side, you can still get a full update on the state of theory in this topical line.
1. Introduction to the 6.d3 Spanish 2. 6.d3 d6 sidelines
3. 6…d6 – The Re8 complex
4. UPDATE: Dominguez-Svidler (2014)
5. 6.d3 d6 – The 8…b5 complex
7. 6.d3 b5 sidelines
8. 6.d3 b5 – The 9…Na5 Complex
9. 6.d3 b5 – 9…Bg4 and 9…Be6
10. Peter Svidler’s Quiz
Svidler’s Archangels – GM Peter Svidler
The Ruy Lopez (Spanish) has been played for at least 500 years and so it’s no surprise there are many ideas in this classical opening. However, one that has risen in popularity, largely due to the great attacking chances for Black, is the Ruy Lopez Archangel variation, characterized by the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5).
The aggressive early bishop move leads to intense, sharp complications which can quickly overpower the unprepared player making it an excellent weapon to have in your repertoire.
In this 4h 19m course, GM Peter Svidler guides you through all the possible variations White might steer towards including the quiet positional lines and the toe-to-toe, attack and counter-attack variations.
As you would expect from a top level GM, the attention to detail and depth of the discussion is of the very highest standard, ensuring you are equipped with a world class Archangel repertoire.
Although aimed at 1800-2200 rated players, Svidler’s clear explanations make this material accessible to any serious student who wishes to get an edge in the opening.
Latest trends in the Marshall – GM Jan Gustafsson
The Marshall Attack in the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) is one of the most dangerous weapons Black has at his disposal when facing 1.e4.
Black gives up a pawn to rapidly develop his pieces, lining them up against the White King who often finds himself without many protecting pieces.
Knowledge of the key sacrifices and the subtle pawn moves and piece maneuvers that set them up is critical for players of both colors in this exciting opening.
Even with best play from White, Black achieves good positions and one slip by the first player can lead to spectacular victories. The great Garry Kasparov famously would make an early deviation so as not to allow the Marshall Attack, believing it to give Black too much play.
In this course, Marshall expert Jan Gustafsson takes a look at the latest developments and primes us to win with this deadly opening.
Play 1.e4: A Complete White Repertoire – GM Jon Ludvig Hammer
In this video series, Jon Ludvig Hammer provides a complete repertoire for playing 1.e4 with the white pieces. He focuses on solid lines with quick development, early castling and good central control.
In this course, GM Jon Ludvig Hammer will help you play 1.e4 with confidence, no matter what Black attempts to bring to the table, either they decide to go for open play, a semi-open Defense or even a closed one, you will be ready to face it, and succeed!
The 7-hour course by Norwegian no. 2 and former Magnus Carlsen second is aimed at players of every level, from those just starting out to strong players looking for a sound foundation to meet all Black’s responses to 1.e4.
VECO – Vol#6 The Ruy Lopez Arkhangelsk Variation
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.
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.
The Ruy Lopez begins with the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5.
Complete Ruy Lopez Repertoire with GM Marian Petrov
GM Marian Petrov is back with his complete guide to this fascinating opening. His 10-hour Complete Ruy Lopez walks you through every major variation, explaining how the different choices change the dynamic of the game.
The Ruy Lopez is the opening that Kramnik used to take Kasparov’s world crown. It’s one of the two openings that Anand says all players simply must master if they want to get really good at the game.
It’s strategic, tactical, offers play on the queenside, kingside and in the center. Direct attacking play, positional squeezes. Learn how to play the Ruy Lopez well and you’re not just learning an opening, you’re learning chess.
In this incredible course, GM Marian Petrov reveals the ideas behind every major Ruy Lopez variation, backing them up with model games played by World Champions from Steinitz to Magnus Carlsen!
Right now, the Ruy Lopez is THE most important opening you can learn.
It may have been played for over 500 years but Google’s AI AlphaZero not only rediscovered it, it proved the Ruy Lopez is the BEST continuation for both colors after 1.e4.
The Ruy Lopez Part 1 – GM Damian Lemos (Lemos Deep Dive Vol. 17)
Every World Champion played it. AlphaZero rediscovered it and quickly made it its favorite e4 opening.
Named nearly 500 years ago by a Spanish priest, the Ruy Lopez is THE classical chess opening.
Mikhail Botvinnik claimed that the only reason the great Polugaevsky never challenged for the World Championship was because he didn’t play the Ruy Lopez, and so didn’t master positional play.
Due to the extension of the theory, this work focuses on all the lines after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 and black doesn’t play 3…a6. Lines with 3…a6 will be covered in Part 2, coming later.
Over 7 hours of training with Damian will redefine your Spanish Opening repertoire and will get you ready to play for an advantage against all kinds of rivals.
Rocking the Ruy Lopez – GM Leonid Kritz
Why is the Ruy Lopez the most popular chess opening ever played? Why do World Chess Champions love to play the Ruy Lopez? Why do chess trainers frequently recommend their students to play the Ruy Lopez? Because there does not exist a more versatile and dynamic chess opening (for both sides!).
To achieve great success with the Ruy Lopez, you must deeply understand the fine balance between long-term positional maneuvers and immediate tactical combinations. This is why nearly World Chess Champion in the history of the game has frequently played the Ruy Lopez – the vastly important subtleties behind every move and plan!
This is why chess trainers almost always recommend their rising students to play the Ruy Lopez – to develop a finely tuned intuition that senses the changing demands, both positional and tactical, of every move in every position. If you want to take your game to the next level, truly learning and grasping the concepts of the Ruy Lopez is a critical step in the process.
I put a great stake in the Ruy Lopez: I like it, feel it, and understand it¨ – 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov
This 2 volume chess DVD set presents over 5.5 hours of elite grandmaster content, presented by experienced chess trainer GM Leonid Kritz.
Rocking the Ruy Lopez examines all of the main lines of the Ruy Lopez as well as every sideline and rare gambit that you could encounter with the white pieces. After watching this chess DVD, you will develop a much higher understanding of general positional chess.
Your results will skyrocket, not only in the Ruy Lopez but in any opening – because you will truly comprehend how to combine long-term strategy with the immediate tactical demands of the position.
With over a decade of impressive tournament success with the Ruy Lopez, GM Kritz is very proud to present his extensive knowledge of this complicated opening system.
Grandmaster Kritz is quick to emphasize that “Studying the Spanish Game is crucial not only for your opening repertoire but much more for your general chess education!”
The Ruy Lopez occupied a constant place in my opening repertoire. In it is reflected the classical interpretation of the problem of the center ¨ – 7th World Champion Vassily Smyslov
Battle with the Berlin Defense – GM Leonid Kritz
This chess DVD is an in-depth analysis of the Berlin Wall opening. It starts with some side variations and moves chapter by chapter towards the main position of the opening – the Berlin Endgame.
While working on this DVD, my intention was not only to provide the listeners with detailed variations but also to help them achieve deeper positional comprehension about how to play this unique type of opening struggle.
Ideas and strategic understanding matter much more in the Berlin Endgame than learning variations by heart. However, as in every modern opening nowadays, there are lines that must be learned and there are single moves that must be known before you start employing the Berlin Defense in practical tournament games.
Such lines are highlighted throughout the DVD, and particularly important moments are especially emphasized.
When you study the material presented here, you should try to find the golden middle between the number of moves you memorize, and the level of positional understanding you achieve. I wish you good luck in your own games by applying what you learn about the Berlin Defense in this chess DVD.
Secrets of the Janisch Gambit – GM Leonid Kritz
The Janisch Gambit is an exceptionally effective surprise weapon for black against the Ruy Lopez. Also known as the Schliemann Defense, black kicks off the game by immediately offering a pawn sacrifice on move 3 with 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5!? – resembling a reversed Vienna Gambit or King’s Gambit in that black is rapidly introducing extra firepower with the f-pawn to attack white’s center. The Janisch Gambit may appear completely insane and unsound, however this is certainly not the case!
This chess opening has been employed at the highest levels by various Grandmasters including Judit Polgar, David Bronstein, Alexander Shabalov, Arthur Bisguier, and most recently Super-GM Teimour Radjabov.
One of the main advantages of the Janisch Gambit is the element of surprise. By immediately sidestepping the main lines of the Ruy Lopez, you are going to take your opponent out of his preparation and directly into yours – guaranteeing you a psychological advantage in the first stage of the game.
It is also very uncomfortable for most Ruy Lopez players to face such a dynamic response from black, as many ¨Spanish Game¨ players are more inclined to a quieter game full of positional maneuvering – NOT the crazy tactical complications that commonly arise in the Janisch Gambit. If you are looking for a dynamic defense with the black pieces against the Ruy Lopez, the Janisch Gambit is the solution you have been looking for!
Crushing White with the Schliemann Gambit – GM Sam Shankland
This DVD is aimed at presenting a repertoire based on meeting 1. e4 with 1… e5 for the club player. Coverage starts after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 when GM Shankland recommends the Schliemann variation against the main move 3.Bb5 Ruy Lopez, but played in a more classical way, aiming to take advantage of the extra central pawn in the long term instead of seeking immediate confrontation. All relevant side-lines from move 3 onward are also covered.
The main appeal of choosing the Schliemann is that White does not have many credible side-lines; advocates of this repertoire will be able to play the presented analysis over the board. This DVD will provide club level players with a strong repertoire that they can rely on.
1.e4 e5 Beating Italian and Ruy Lopez with Black (Deep Dive Vol. 18)
Capablanca, Karpov and even the champion himself, Magnus Carlsen — all of them have relied upon 1…e5 as a key weapon to completely neutralize the aggressive intentions of 1.e4 players.
Even blood-thirsty attackers like Kasparov and Tal have been abruptly stopped in their tracks by a skilfully played 1…e5 defense.
In a previous Deep Dive, we took care of the Gambits and Secondary Lines, now it’s time to face the real openings like the Italian Game and the Ruy Lopez!
As our opposition increases their level, it’s more probable that we will end up facing good players of the Italian and Ruy Lopez Openings, so we must be ready to face all the possibilities our rival may play.
GM Lemos will show us his personal selection of lines for a solid approach while keeping Black’s winning chances alive.
Ruy Lopez – GM John Emms
Simply the real deal for White when Black plays 1…e5. Play the Ruy Lopez and you’re playing real chess.
GM John Emms concentrates on White’s best lines and strategies against each of the Lopez defenses. Emms proves that you don’t have to learn unfeasible quantities of theory to play the Lopez successfully as White. And along the way he reveals how to blast club players favorites such as the Schliemann. Features cunning move orders to avoid danger areas such as the Marshall and Zaitsev where theory has snowballed out of control.
Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Ideas and Plans
Part 3: Main Line …Be7
Part 4: Main Line …Bc5
Part 5: Berlin 3…Nf6
Part 6: Steinitz …g6 systems
Part 7: Norweigan – An early …b5 and …Na5
Part 8: Schliemann 3…f5
Part 9:Classical 3…Bc5
Part 10: Bird’s 3…Nd4
Part 11: Conclusion
Ruy Lopez – Moller Defence – GM Nigel Davies
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5
Tired of the ‘Spanish Torture’ Ruy Lopez? Then bite back with the Moller Defence! Once favored by Alekhine, the Moller has been revived with some dynamic new ideas. GM Nigel Davies presents coverage which includes many of Alekhine’s forgotten ideas and much original analysis.
Part 1: Rare sixth moves – 6.Bxc6/6.d4/6.Nc3/6.Re1/6.d3 Part 2: The fork trick 6.Nxe5
Part 3: Main Line 6.c3
New Secret Weapon in the Exchange Ruy Lopez – IM Andrew Martin
Secret opening weapons are getting harder to discover, but on this all-new Foxy Openings DVD, we think we have achieved just that!
Surprise and shock your opponents by employing the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez. All is well known in the main line 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0, but not so after our chosen move revealed on this video!
White may play for attack directly or engage in the usual engame battle, where he starts with the upper hand. A knowledge of this unusual line will surely bring in the points!
FIDE Senior Trainer and IM Andrew Martin is perhaps the most well-known chess presenter in the world and uses all of his experience and skill to make the right opening choices for you, so that you can improve your results.
Fischer’s Deadly Weapon – Exchange Ruy Lopez – IM Andrew Martin
IM Andrew Martin will take you through the strategy and theory Bobby Fischer used in the Exchange Ruy Lopez – 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6. Martin will demonstrate using several of Fischer’s games the ideas behind this proven Deadly Weapon.
Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Strategic Introduction
Part 3: Theoretical Background
Part 4: Fischer vs. Portisch
Part 5: Fischer vs. Gligoric
Part 6: Fischer vs. Jiminez
Part 7: Fischer vs. Anastopoulos
Part 8: Fischer vs. Rubinetti
Part 9: Fischer vs. Unzicker
Part 10: Fischer vs. Kramer
Part 11: Fischer vs. Spassky
Part 12: Conclusion
A Weapon for Black Against the Ruy Lopez – GM Josh Friedel
Learn to fight back dynamically with GM Friedel’s pet system against the Ruy Lopez. A clear explanation of the Archangel Defense for Black against the Ruy Lopez from a GM Practitioner.
Content: 171 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 6 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Intermediate-Advanced Players.
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Chess Fans have said: Excellent lecture on the Archangel! Thank you.
GM Josh Friedel achieved the National Master rating at age 13 and gained his IM title in August of 2005. His tournament victories are many, including the 2001 Pan Am Open and the 2005 Queen City Open. Josh earned his first GM norm by winning the Berkeley Masters tournament in 2005. Josh became a Grandmaster in 2008. Josh continues to play in chess tournaments around the globe.
Part I Run Time: 00:30:15
Part II Run Time: 00:24:12
Part III Run Time: 00:31:27
Part IV Matchup: Renard W. Anderson vs. Josh Friedel
Run Time: 00:23:16
Part V Run Time: 00:31:56
Part VI Matchup: Bryan Smith vs. Josh Friedel
Run Time: 00:30:15