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Ruy Lopez by the fire Print E-mail
By William T. Harvey   
June 21, 2006
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This puzzle series is aimed to acquaint you with typical tactics in the Ruy Lopez. If you don't play the Ruy, you'll still find the exercise useful for general tactical training. They're all from real Ruy games, and there are some recurring patterns. Notice how frequently the light squared Bishop plays a leading role in the tactical death of white. This should give you an idea of why it's uncommon for white to give up this bishop, even when it seems that it's not doing much. (problems 1,3,6,11 +16)

Watch how black often punishes white for slow development. Despite being the most popular opening against 1.e4 e5, many of the main lines of the Ruy, and not just the Marshall gambit, give black a temporary lead in development.
(Problems 10,14 -15 and 19)

The 18th problem is an opening trap first executed by Paul Keres that arises from a line in the Steinitz Deferred: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5.d4 ed4 6. Nd4?? Nxd4 7. Qxd4...

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1. White to Move


Henk Schouten-Frank Denys
Huy 1992
Bird Opening


2. Black to Move


Stoddard-Sorenson
Corr.1977
Schliemann


3. White to Move


Kliavinish, Y-Zhuraliov, V.
URS 1968
Classical


4. White to Move


Bobotsov, M-Olafsson,F.
Lyons 1955
Exchange Variation


5. Black to Move


Parnenzini,P- Fernandez, J.
Corr. 1992
Center Game


6. White to Move


Martin Vaculik- Stanislav Galicek
Svetla nad Savnou,1994
Moller


7. Black to Move


Torres-Alekhine
Seville, 1922
Steinitz Deferred


8. White to Move


Laroschikn-Groper
Berlin 1923,
Open Ruy Lopez


9. White to Move



Ivanov,A.-Hoover,N.
Sioux Falls, 1998
Open Ruy Lopez Howell Variation


10. Black to Move


Morabito-Dangremond
Eastpointe, 1994
Worall Attack


11. White to Move


Zatisev, Igor-Vornokov,B.
Moscow, 1966
Closed Ruy-Zaitsev Variation


12. White to Move


Fischer-Gligoric
Zagreb, 1970
Closed Ruy-Smyslov Variation


13. White to Move


Boleslavsky-Kholmov
Leningrad, 1956
Closed Ruy-Chigorin Defense

14. Black to Move


Hatzl,S-Jovanovic,Sasa
Frohnleiten, 1999
Closed Ruy-Breyer


15. Black to Move


Rodriguez,A- Rodriguez,E.
Uruguay 1986
Bird Opening


16. White to Move


Zatocha,V-Shamil,G.
Harkany, 1994
Bird Opening


17. White to Move


A Ynigo-D.Levine
Philadelphia, 1995
Bird Opening


18. Black to Move



Dworzynski-Keres
Moscow, 1956
Modern Steinitz


19. Black to Move



Kostiukchenko-Levin, M.
Kiev, 1958
Marshall Gambit


20. White to Move



Jansson,B-Tchalkhasuren,C.
Anti-Marshall



Solutions

 
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