Thursday 30 March 2017

How to beat the Ruy Lopez

Here is a simple system that seems good enough to beat the Ruy Lopz. The only conditions are that (a) you are playing in a junior event (the younger the better) and (b) your opponent knows just enough to win the e pawn.

Kral,J - Chvojka,M [C64]
CZE-chMa U10 Svetla nad Sazavou (4), 1998

While this is the 'Model' game, it does occur in slightly longer games. Nf6-Nc3 can be inserted at Move 4 or 5, but the key thing to remember is an early Bc5 followed by an "oops I've blundered the e pawn".

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