Play The Ruy Lopez (Spanish Opening) + e4 e5 Compilation
For 1.e4 players, the most principled choice after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 has often been the Ruy Lopez with 3.Bb5.
As the World Championship unfolded between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin, we couldn’t help but notice that the Ruy Lopez opening, (also known as the Spanish Opening) continued to be the preferred method of attack and defense at the elite level.
One of the oldest and most trusted openings, it originated in Spain by Ruy Lopez de Segura in 1561, and since then has always had a prominent role in the world of top-level chess.
For beginners, playing the Italian game aggressively might be the way to go until a certain level of tactical mastery is achieved. At some point in a chess player’s career, however, he needs to try and master positional play a bit better and for that purpose, the Ruy Lopez fits the bill.
It is commonly believed that once the master level is reached, the Ruy Lopez offers the best chances for White to gain an opening advantage in the symmetrical king’s pawn openings (1.e4 e5).
About the Author:
In this instructive video series about the Ruy Lopez, we have 4 experienced chess players and coaches who have not only obtained many victories at top levels playing the Spanish Opening but also know how to transmit that knowledge to you in order to help you understand every important detail.
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Ronen Har-Zvi is an Israeli chess player and a chess author. Har-Zvi won the under-16 title at the World Youth Chess Champion in 1992. He obtained the title of Grandmaster in the year 1995.
Har-Zvi is a regular expert commentator, host, and teacher on the Internet Chess Club. He also operates an account, “Indiana-Jones”, with a top rating of 3215 for blitz chess and 2947 for bullet chess.
GM Boris Alterman
Boris Alterman is an Israeli chess Grandmaster, FIDE Senior Trainer, and advisor for the Junior chess program.
His career highlights include earning the IM title in 1991, and the GM title in 1992. He also won the following Open and GM tournaments: Haifa 1993, Bad Homburg 1996, Rishon LeZion 1996, Beijing 1995 and 1997, and Munich 1992.
NM Dan Heisman
NM Dan Heisman is an award-winning chess author and full-time chess instructor in Wynnewood PA, USA. He is a US Chess Federation National Master (NM) and a World Chess Federation Candidate Master (FIDE CM).
Heisman is one of the most sought-after coaches in America. He coaches celebrities (including TV and radio personality Howard Stern) as well as the next generation of stars and has won multiple awards for his work.
GM Larry Christiansen
Larry M. Christiansen is a chess Grandmaster who grew up in Riverside, California, USA, and was the U.S. champion in 1980, 1983, and 2002.
Christiansen won three invitational U.S. Junior Championships in 1973, 1974, and 1975. In 1977, at age 21, he became a Grandmaster without first having been an International Master, an accomplishment shared by only a handful of other grandmasters.
How do I benefit from this course?
In this video series, ICC’s Best of the Ruy Lopez, we searched ICC’s video library for the best instructional videos and created a compilation on this super popular opening.
Mastering this opening doesn’t just improve your opening finesse, it improves your chess ability as a whole. You will learn all the key ideas, positional considerations and attacking chances from some of the most popular variations of this classical opening.
But that’s not all!
We also added a bonus section on 1.e4 e5 openings. As an e4 player, you should be familiar with other openings that arise after 1.e4 e5, including the Scotch, the Vienna, the Two Knights and more.
In this compilation, you’ll cover some of the best videos on the Ruy Lopez and 1.e4 e5 openings, from some of ICC´s most reputed analysts.
Discover how to play:
-The super-versatile Breyer Variation,
-The solid Closed Variation
-The tactical Marshall Attack
-The Two Knights
-The famous Fried Liver Attack!
With better comprehension of this opening, you will outplay your opponents time and time again. Check out “ICC´s Best of the Ruy Lopez + 1.e4 e5” and become a better chess player.