Play the Ruy Lopez

Play the Ruy Lopez

A Complete Repertoire in A Famous Opening

Book - 2006
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The Ruy Lopez is an incredibly popular opening at all levels of chess; this is perhaps unsurprising given that it's recognized by most experts as White's greatest chance of obtaining a lasting advantage after the moves 1 e4 e5. Also known as the Spanish Opening, the Lopez is steeped in rich tradition, having provided the battleground for countless clashes between World Champions of past and present: Kasparov, Fischer, Karpov, Topalov, Kramnik, Anand – the list is endless!


Publisher: London : Glouchester Publishers ; Guilford, CT : Distributed in North America by The Globe Pequot Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9781857444278
Branch Call Number: 794.122 G816
Characteristics: 376 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


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Jan 05, 2013

This book is excellent in the way it gives a full, detailed repertoire for White (after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 of course), and how well it explains the different ideas for both sides. The one thing I don't like, however, is that, even though IM Greet states repeatedly that it's not necessary to memorize every detail in the book, he isn't very clear how much theory, let's say a Class A player would need to know. More on the positive side, I really like his choice of lines. He decided to go with the Worall (3...a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2, instead of the normal 5.0-0) which avoids the hugely topical lines of 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1, plus not giving Black the chance to go into the Open (5.0-0 Nxe4) or go for either the Berlin Endgame or the Marshall Attack Endgame (3...Nf6 we can meet with 4.Qe2!) Overall, very good book that I found I only had minor issues with.

Justin, L. Hanekom
Aug 08, 2011

Contains a fair breakdown of common Ruy Lopez variations. This is also one of the best, if not *the* best, openings for white. Unfortunately most opponents deviate from the Ruy in the first 2 moves with openings such as the Sicilian Defence, the French Defence, the Caro-Kann, the Philidor, the Scandinavian, etc., but if you can get to the Ruy Lopez starting point 1. e4 e5, 2. Nf3 Nc6, 3. Bb5 you have a good game. Be warned that there is a lot of theory to learn with this opening.

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