VECO – Vol#6 The Ruy Lopez Arkhangelsk Variation

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Spanish Opening ChessThe 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.

About the Author: 

Robert Ris is a Dutch International Master.

Ris learned how to play chess from his father when he was eight years old, and started playing in SV Amstelveen. In 2002 he started playing for SC Utrecht, and, later, in other clubs.

In the same year, he also won the Open Dutch Youth Chess Championship, which he had also won the D category (up to 12 years) in 1999. Ris has been an international chess coach since 2007. He was also part of the selection of Young Orange.

How is this course going to help me?

IM Ris will give you the tools to dominate a sharp variation to fight against the Ruy López.

robert ris arkhangelskThe Arkhangelsk

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 Neo-Arkhangelsk

Ruy Lopez Neo ArkhangelskThe 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.

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3 hours 15 mins

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Content Outline

Chapter Content:

  • Lesson 1 – Arkhangelsk Defense with 7.c3
  • Lesson 2 – Arkhangelsk Defense 7.Re1
  • Lesson 3 – Arkhangelsk Defense with 7.d3
  • Lesson 4 – Neo-Archangelsk 7.a4
  • Lesson 5 – Neo-Archangelsk 7.d3
  • Lesson 6 – Neo-Archangelsk 7.c3