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.
VECO – Vol#6 The Ruy Lopez Arkhangelsk Variation
IM Ris will give you the tools to dominate a sharp variation to fight against the Ruy López.
The Arkhangelsk Defence was popularized by Soviet players from the city of Arkhangelsk such as GM Vladimir Malaniuk. This line often leads to sharp positions in which Black wagers that the fianchettoed bishop’s influence on the centre and kingside will offset Black’s delay in castling.
In the first part of this course, IM Robert Ris looks at the Arkhangelsk Variation which begins with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7, and looks at how to play as Black after 7.c3, 7.Re1, and 7.d3. This variation often leads to sharp positions as both sides battle for the center.
The second part of the course is devoted to the so-called Neo-Arkhangelsk variation of the Ruy Lopez begins with the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb4 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 (diagram).
This is different from the Arkhangelsk Variation where Black plays 6..Bb7. In the Neo-Arkhangelsk (or Modern Arkhangelsk), Black won’t look to fianchetto the light-squared bishop, but instead wants to play ..Bg4 at some point in order to increase pressure on White’s center.
The main move from White is 7.a4, which is explained in the first video by IM Robert Ris. Other options for White on move 7 like 7.d3, and 7.c3, will also be explored.
PLUS over 200 GM games in the Arkhangelsk…
We’ve put together a 200+ game PGN of recent (2019-) games in the Arkhangelsk and Neo-Arkhangelsk – the perfect resource for finding new ideas once you’ve mastered everything in this course.
The Ruy Lopez – GM Damian Lemos
Every World Champion played it. AlphaZero rediscovered it and quickly made it it’s favorite e4 opening.
Named nearly 500 years ago by a Spanish priest, the Ruy Lopez is THE classical chess opening.
If you don’t study it, you might never hit your true chess potential.
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.
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.
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!
Play The Ruy Lopez (Spanish Opening) + e4 e5 Compilation
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.
In this instructive video series from the Internet Chess Club about the Ruy Lopez, you get 36 hours of coaching from 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, GM Boris Alterman, NM Dan Heisman, and GM Larry Christiansen
Dominate with the Ruy Lopez – Empire Chess Bundle
“Dominate with the Ruy Lopez” gives you a 4-volume DVD masterclass on this intricate opening. You will learn all the key ideas, positional considerations and attacking possibilities from each variation of this classical opening. From the careful maneuvering of the Berlin Defense to the wild complications of the Jaenisch Gambit, GMs Kritz and Shankland fully prepare you to get the advantage and win with either color.
With superior comprehension of the nuances of this revered system, you will outplay your opponent time and again. With so many variations and related plans to choose from, no-one will know what to expect from you either.
Check out “Dominate with the Ruy Lopez” and become a formidable opponent and better chess player.
Vladimir Kramnik brought the Berlin Defense into great popularity in 2000 when he used it to sensationally beat Garry Kasparov and become World Champion. Since then, the “Berlin Endgame” has been seen at the top level constantly, being employed by Magnus Carlsen to beat Anand in their title fight too. Relying far more on strategic principles than particular move orders, this variation promises excellent results for those who study it. GM Kritz details the key ideas and illustrates them with great games to give you a powerful response to the Ruy Lopez.
The Jaenisch Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5!?) is a fantastic surprise weapon against Ruy Lopez players, changing the character of the game instantly. Played like a reverse Vienna Game or King’s Gambit, the Jaenisch has been played at the highest levels by Bronstein, Judit Polgar, Radjabov and, of course, the presenter. GM Kritz demonstrates all the ways White can go wrong and how to punish these inaccuracies as well as all the general attacking plans Black has. With clear explanations of the positional considerations and aggressive set-ups Black needs to know, GM Kritz ensures you will get the advantage over your opponent very early on.
“Rocking the Ruy Lopez” gives you a complete Ruy Lopez repertoire, covering all the main lines and sidelines with explanations of each color’s strengths, weaknesses and long-term plans. GM Kritz is an experienced Ruy Lopez player and passes on his expertise to you with deep insight into the strategic themes of this rich opening. The fine balance of tactics with positional aims make the Ruy Lopez a great training ground for your entire chess understanding or, as GM Kritz puts it, ¨studying the Spanish Game is crucial not only for your opening repertoire, but much more for your general chess education!¨
GM Sam Shankland gives you a repertoire to win with Black against 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 with recommendations against the Ruy Lopez (3.Bb5), Scotch (3.d4) and Ponziani (3.c3) amongst others. GM Shankland shows how to play the Schliemann Gambit in a positional way, claiming space instead of confronting White head-on straight away. With instructive commentary on top-level games involving Karjakin, Kramnik and Carlsen, you will be ready to face whatever White plays – and win.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 mainline 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0, but not so after our chosen move revealed in this video!
White may play for attack directly or engage in the usual endgame battle, where he starts with the upper hand. A knowledge of this unusual line will surely bring in the points!
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 that can quickly overpower the unprepared player making it an excellent weapon to have in your repertoire.
In this 4h 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.
1.e4 e5 Beating Italian and Ruy Lopez with Black
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.
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.
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.
Ruy Lopez – Moller Defence – GM Nigel Davies
Tired of the ‘Spanish Torture’ Ruy Lopez? Then bite back with the Moller Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5)! 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.
Chess Gambits Against The Ruy Lopez – GM Boris Alterman
If you’re looking for ways to bust the Ruy Lopez, then this video series is for you! Grandmaster Boris Alterman and Grandmaster Ronen Har-Zvi cover several sharp and aggressive chess gambits you can play against the Ruy Lopez.
You receive 27 top-quality videos of Grandmaster analysis on these exciting openings.
Cordel Gambit (2 Part Series)
Oskar Cordel (1843-1913) was not so much a top player in Germany but more thought of as a theorist on the game, with many published opening books and magazine articles to his name.
Nevertheless, the author did leave a lasting legacy of two variations in the Ruy Lopez he championed: the Cordel variation and the Cordel gambit with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Bc5 4 c3 f5?!
The Cordel gambit can lead to some very strange positions and there are many bizarre responses to it – but ultimately it has never proved to be strictly sound, though it is useful as a surprise weapon when you are looking for wild, tactical games.
The Cordel gambit has been adopted as such by modern-day grandmasters Ivan Sokolov, Ian Rogers, and Jonny Hector.
Dilworth Variation (2 Part Series)
You don’t need to be a superstar to receive immortality in the game – all you need is the ability to hitch your name to a popular opening system. One classic case was English amateur correspondence player and humble railway’s clerk Vernon Dilworth (1916-2004), who published an analysis in the British magazine “Chess” during the early 1940s that rehabilitated an old line of the Open Lopez.
Dilworth became famous overnight after his analysis was spotted by the great Mikhail Botvinnik, who used the tricky line (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Bc5 10.Bc2 0–0 11.Nbd2 Nxf2!?) as a surprise weapon against Vassily Smyslov during the 1943/4 Moscow Championship.
And the ‘Dangerous Dilworth’ is not only tricky but still alive and kicking today with many titled players over the years falling victim to it.
Gajewski Gambit (2 Part Series)
As chess gambits go, the Gajewski Gambit with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0 0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0 0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 d5!? is a relative newcomer to the game.
The position after White’s tenth move had been reached thousands of times with 10…c5 being universally played, before the Polish grandmaster Grzegorz Gajewski revealed recently that Black has a fascinating, almost Marshall Attack-like gambit at his disposal with 10 …d5!?
The introductory game came at the 2007 Czech open, when Gajewski uncorked it against the unsuspecting Kuznetsov, in a brilliant attacking game that soon became a hot candidate for the novelty of the year.
It was then given the seal of approval at the elite level by being taken up after this by Carlsen and Leko. And in a new series of GM Boris Alterman’s Gambit Guide, our gambit guru takes a closer look at the adventurous Gajewski Gambit.
Riga Variation (2 Part Series)
The Riga Variation in the Open Ruy Lopez (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Nxe4 6 d4 exd4) was first played during a correspondence match in 1907 between the two cities of Berlin and Riga – and despite many believing it is ultimately unsound, its reputation is better than once thought and new discoveries in it were revealed in NIC YearBook 85 by Correspondence GM Peter Boll.
The Riga variation is exciting and often leads to many wild sacrificial gambits galore, where, if White is unsure of what is going on, can easily lead to many Black quick wins.
Marshall Gambit (10 Part Series)
One of the world’s first Grandmasters, America’s Frank J. Marshall (1877-1944) left behind a lasting legacy to the chess world with his revered gambit against the Ruy Lopez: the Marshall Attack with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 0-0 8 c3 d5!
The myth goes that Marshall deliberately kept his analysis secret for seven years before playing it against Capablanca at New York 1918, but this has since been debunked by historians. Regardless of its origins, it continues to wreak havoc both at the club and elite level over 90 years on – GM Ronen Har-Zvi comprehensively covered the Marshall Attack in this 10 video part series.
Hector Gambit (3 Part Series)
The Ruy Lopez Exchange (or Spanish Exchange) was championed by two great world champions – first by Emmanuel Lasker as a secret weapon to take on the mighty Capablanca; and then arguably more famously by Bobby Fischer, who finely honed it by adding a cutting edge with his modern-day update of it in the 1960s.
The concept of the opening is simple: Take all the pieces off the board and White wins the ending. But with the bishop pair, there are many ways for Black to counter the Exchange Lopez, and one enterprising way is to adopt an adventurous gambit made popular by the swashbuckling Swede, Jonny Hector, with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Bxc6 dxc6 5 0-0 Bg4 6 h3 Bh5!? that features in a new three-part series for Gambit Guide.
Janisch Gambit – Ruy Lopez (2 Part Series)
The Jaenisch or Schliemann Gambit in the Ruy Lopez with 3 …f5 dates back to 1847. This provocative pawn sacrifice by black as early as move three often leads to games of a swashbuckling nature. Black dictates the action from the earliest moment – and often it can confuse the players of the white pieces.
It has received a new lease of life with its adoption at the elite level by Teimour Radjabov and others. And in his latest Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman takes a closer look at the Jaenisch/Schliemann Gambit.
Schliemann Defense Deferred (2 Part Series)
The Schliemann Defense Deferred, with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 f5 is, of course, very similar in nature to the more popular Schliemann Defense covered during an earlier series of Gambit Guide. It has never had a good reputation, but it remains a surprise weapon with no clear refutation.
The key difference between the two is that in the deferred form Black can have a timely …b5 available. The deferred was a favorite of the original chess thinker David Bronstein, and even Viktor Korchnoi used it to draw with Anatoly Karpov during their many world championship battles; lately, Alexei Shirov has played it. And in a new series of Gambit Guide, we take a closer look at the nuances of the Schliemann Deferred.
Siesta Variation (2 Part Series)
The Siesta Variation in the Modern Steinitz (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 f5) is a dangerous weapon against the Ruy Lopez and is anything but sleepy. It is very similar in style to the Janisch (or Schliemann) Gambit, but can prove more potent as accepting the gambit can see White getting a rude wake-up call by being hit with a quick and ferocious kingside attack.
Many believe it has Spanish origins due to the name, but it is in fact derived from the location of the 1928 Budapest tournament, held in the Siesta Sanatorium, where Jose Raul Capablanca successfully deployed it against Andreas Steiner.
Capablanca viewed it then to be “too risky,” but modern-day champions of the Siesta, such as the Russian GM Valeri Yandemirov, have developed the shaper play around it.