Opening Repertoire: The Ruy Lopez

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Opening Repertoire: The Ruy Lopez
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The Ruy Lopez is perhaps the most classical of all chess openings. It dates back to the 16th century and has featured in the opening repertoire of every modern world champion.

It is also a highly flexible variation that Bobby Fischer used it to create numerous powerful strategic masterpieces. While in the hands of Anatoly Karpov, it led to many of his trademark positional squeezes. Whereas Garry Kasparov often used it as a springboard for his typically powerful attacks.

Opening Repertoire: The Ruy Lopez is a modern examination of this perennial favorite. Joshua Doknjas has put together a repertoire for White based firmly around contemporary trends in the Ruy Lopez. He examines all aspects of this highly complex opening. He also provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis.

Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans.

  • A complete repertoire for White in the Ruy Lopez.
  • A question and answer approach provide an excellent study method.

Joshua Doknjas is a FIDE Master from Canada who has enjoyed success competing internationally. He has also won seven national titles for his age and tied for 1st in the 2019 U18 North American Youth Chess Championship. This is his second book for Everyman Chess.

Gradually becoming an acknowledged author in the industry, with his help you will build a complete repertoire for White in the Ruy Lopez and stop fearing battling opening knowledge in tournament games.


1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3.Bb5 enters one of the most famous chess openings of all time. The Ruy Lopez is perhaps the most classical of all chess openings, withstanding the test of time dating back to the 16th century.

Played by every world champion and any top-level chess player, this opening scores 55% wins for White. Making it the best performing move against …Nc6.

The Ruy Lopez was also categorized by GM Hikaru Nakamura and IM Levy Rozman (GothamChess) as the most iconic “legendary” opening.

This category includes the most respected chess openings with the likes of the Najdorf, Gruenfeld, and the Berlin Defense (arising from the Ruy Lopez with 3…Nf6).

White’s plans provide a flexible approach, although it is instrumental to thoroughly understand the opening concepts due to its popularity in tournament play.

Let us check this “simple” game played by former world champions GM Bobby Fischer vs GM Boris Spassky:


Let us reverse the question…

Have you heard of Garry Kasparov’s My Great Predecessors? What about Garry Kasparov’s Karpov vs Kasparov 1975-1985? Or even Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov Volume Series?

Certainly, we assume, although you are in for a treat if you haven’t!

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o Mastering Chess Strategy (recommended by IM Kostya Kavutskiy)
o Capablanca: Move by Move (a classic recommended by GMs worldwide)
o Lessons with a Grandmaster (a written recording of the interactions between a club player and a Grandmaster).

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