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.


  1. Introduction
  2. Quieter options: 7.c3 d6 8.d4
  3. Quieter options: 7.d3 & 7.Nc3
  4. 7.a4 followed by 8.Nxe5
  5. Main line alternatives: 11.h3/11.Qd3
  6. Main line alternatives: 7.a4 and 10.a5
  7. Main line move 13 alternatives
  8. Main line: 13.Re1
  9. Main line: 13.Bc2 Part 1 – 13…exd4 14.cxd4
  10. Main line: 13.Bc2 Part 2 – 13…exd4 14.Nxd4

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Running Time

4 hours 20 minutes




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