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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Play the Ruy Lopez Mini-Review

Having now spent about a week with IM Andrew Greet's Play the Ruy Lopez, I figured I should post my thoughts on it. In short, if you enjoy playing the Ruy Lopez (a.k.a. the Spanish,) but want to stay away from the enormous amount of theory associated with the main lines, this seems to be the best way to go.

There are lots of original ideas and analysis based mostly on the second or third most popular (but still solid) lines. Everything is well explained and easy to understand...and just about every semi-reasonable response by black is covered! The book is divided into three parts: Part one covers black's third move alternatives (after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5,) part two covers black's fourth move alternatives (following 3...a6 4.Ba4,) and part three focuses on the Worral (4...Nf6 5.Qe2.) Each part is divided into chapters, with a chapter devoted to each of black's systems (Steinitz, Classical, Bird Defence, etc.)

This is the first opening book that I've ever purchased, so I can't give any kind of comparison to other opening books or to any kind of "standard." What I can say is that I'm very happy with the purchase and look forward to getting quite a bit of use out of it. Two thumbs up!


Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

It is better than most other opening books, unless you like books that carry out the seven pet peeves for opening books that I mention in my review here.

Other opening authors need to learn from his example.

4/24/2007 12:20 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

Hey BDK,

Good list of pet peeves...from what I've read, the majority of opening books hit several if not all seven of those. I'm hoping to see more books from Greet (or at least more of this level of quality) in the future.


4/24/2007 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

Does it feature the Exchange variation by any change?

4/24/2007 8:40 PM  
Blogger Grandpatzer said...

Edwin: it's from White's perspective, so it doesn't really cover the exchange variation proper. The focus is the Worall variation. However, in the Deferred Steinitz he covers the exchange variation.

4/24/2007 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

I am aware that the book is from White's perspective GP, that is why i asked. I'm interested in reading up on the exchange variation from White's perspective. The regular exchange that is, not the DERLD.

4/24/2007 10:41 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

Hi DutchDefence,

The book doesn't cover the standard exchange variation at all. Since Greet's focus is on the Worrall, the Exchange would be considered an earlier deviation for white...he only covers the deviations for black.

As GP mentioned, he does cover 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.Bxf3 bxf3 (Deferred Steinitz,) but that's not entirely comparable to the mainline exchange. By the way, what is DERLD???


4/25/2007 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

4.Bxc6 .. is the exchange variation. If white delays the exchange one move and plays 5.Bxc6 .. it's the Bayreuther variation, named after Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1934, 16th matchgame played in Bayreuth. If white only exchanges at move 6 it's called Deferred Exchange Ruy Lopez Delayed (DERLD) or Steenwijker variation, after Euwe vs H Kramer, 1940, played in Steenwijk.

4/25/2007 8:26 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

Hmmm...Fascinating trivia! It amazes me how many different opening variations have their own unique names :)

Also, I don't know what I was thinking when I typed 5.Bxf3 bxf3...I meant 5.Bxc6 bxc6. But anyway, it's obviously not what you're looking for.

Have you been playing the Exchange Variation for a while? How are your results with it?


4/25/2007 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

Yes, i've played the exchange variation for a couple of times now, and so far i'm satisfied with the results. Note that i'm refering to the Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4.

4/25/2007 3:57 PM  
Blogger takchess said...

I am going to learn to play the scandinavian against Ruy players like you. I have had enough!
take care,

4/27/2007 2:49 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

Hey Jim,

:) I've been really happy with my use of the Qd6 Scandinavian. I don't mind playing the White side of the Qa5 Scandinavian or the Modern Variation, but I've not yet faced the Qd6 variation as White. Let me know when you're ready to give it a go and we'll play a few.


4/27/2007 3:34 PM  
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