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Table of Contents
                            The Ruy Lopez: Move by Move
Series Foreword
1 White plays d2-d3
	A plan to get you started with the Ruy Lopez
	White’s restrained centre
	The restrained centre versus a Closed Lopez set-up
	The restrained centre versus a ... Bc5 (Møller) set-up
	The restrained centre versus a ... Bb7 (Archangelsk) set-up
	The restrained centre versus the Steinitz Deferred: Black plays 5 ... d6
	The restrained centre versus the Berlin Defence
	A restrained line against the Schliemann Defence
2 White Plays d2-d4
	The Chigorin Variation
	The Breyer Variation
	The Karpov Variation
	The Zaitsev Variation
	The Smyslov Variation
	The Steinitz Deferred and similar centre-holding ideas
3 Black Plays ... Bc5
	The Classical (or Cordel) Defence
	The Berlin with ... Bc5
	The Møller Defence
	Bird’s Defence
4 White’s e5 Pawn Centre
	The Berlin Defence with 4 0-0 Nxe4 5 d4 Be7
	The Berlin Endgame
	The Open Variation
5 Gambit Lines
	The Schliemann Defence
	The Steinitz Deferred: Siesta Variation
	The Gajewski Gambit in the Chigorin
	The Marshall Attack
	The Anti-Marshall with 8 h3
Index of Complete Games
Document Text Contents
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The Ruy Lopez: Move by Move

Neil McDonald

First published in 2011 by Gloucester Publishers plc (formerly Everyman Publishers plc), Northburgh House, 10 Northburgh Street,
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Question: What are the disadvantages of ... Bc5?

Answer: Of course we have come here to bury the ... Bc5 move, not praise it. So let’s consider some of its potential drawbacks.

Firstly, whilst it temporarily hinders White’s d2-d4 advance, it actually encourages the build up c2-c3 and d2-d4, which gains a tempo
by hitting the bishop.

Secondly, if Black has delayed the move ... d7-d6 then in some cases White can detonate the black centre in a favourable manner with
the pseudo-piece sacrifice Nxe5. After Black replies ... Nxe5, d2-d4 regains the piece by forking the black knight and bishop. This is the so-
called Fork Trick.

Thirdly, in playing ... Bc5, Black is removing a defender from his kingside. A subsequent ... d7-d6 (or ... Bb6) then cuts out any chance
the bishop might return to e7 or f8 in a crisis. Therefore White has more chance to gain the initiative on the kingside, for example with
Bg5 – a strong pin now that the black bishop is far away – or with the usual build-up involving Nf1 and Ng3, as Black can’t build a fortress
with ... g7-g6 (stopping Nf5) and ... Bg7.

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Fourthly, with regard to 3 ... Bc5, the typical retreat ... Bb6, either in response to c2-c3 and d2-d4, or in anticipation of it, leaves the
bishop vulnerable to an unfavourable exchange for a white knight.

In the Møller Defence of the second diagram above, where Black has played 5 ... .b5, there is a different, but even more pressing
problem with ... Bb6. The b5-pawn is far more exposed to a quick attack than is normal in the Closed Lopez. Black not only spends time
developing his bishop rather than securing his centre, but also cuts off the natural defence of the pawn with ... Rb8 by putting the bishop
on the b6-square. Thus in the second diagram White can already get the initiative with 7 a4!.

Don’t forget you can play d2-d3!

I should remind you that we already have a d2-d3 repertoire against the Møller and the Archangelsk from Chapter One of the book. In
fact after the Archangelsk sequence 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 b5 6 Bb3 Bb7, where Black puts his bishop on b7 before
playing ... Bc5, the plan of 7 d3! can’t be bettered.

So I don’t propose to look at anything new here and recommend you follow the Carlsen-Beliavsky game of Chapter One that continued
7 ... Bc5 8 Nc3. Notice that I cheated there to make it fit into a 5 d3 repertoire, but here you can follow the usual move order as given

Regarding the Møller, I’ve given the critical mainline because in my opinion it is the most dangerous thing Black has to face, and White
should ‘call his bluff’. On the other hand, if you really don’t have the stomach for complications then the Berg-Rudd recipe in Chapter One
is for you, but with the move order 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 b5 6 Bb3 Bc5 7 d3.

The Classical (or Cordel) Defence

Game 19


Moscow (blitz) 2009

The following was a blitz game, but Anand handled the opening in exemplary style.

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Negi.P-Dragun.K, Cappelle la Grande 2010

Nepomniachtchi.I-Bruzon Batista.L, Capablanca Memorial, Havana 2010

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