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Middlegame Planning - The Ruy Lopez

  • CM smarterchess
  • | Sep 5, 2012
  • | 8467 views
  • | 10 comments

One of my students recently sent me some interesting games in the Ruy Lopez.  He wanted some help figuring out middlegame ideas from both sides of the board.  VivaChe graciously gave me permission to show one of his games in an article.

Play through the game slowly trying to figure out what both colors are trying to do.  Around move 14 you should stop and spend a few minutes.  How should White play?  This game is a great example of middlegame planning when the position is even on material.  The pawn structure and minor piece activity determine the best path for White.



Comments


  • 9 months ago

    kamilpat

    This is my first game when i saw that White play N:d4 :)

    N:d4 new Idea :) I don't know why black played very very passive opening

  • 2 years ago

    DC5

    great game, I enjoyed the instructive critic for both white and black's play.

  • 2 years ago

    2slow2calculate

    nowadays ruy lopez zaitsev is not played often..esp when i play in chess.com its one of the most complicated & intense openings especially for black

  • 2 years ago

    viche83

    I didn't understand before why move 14 (taking with the knight and not the pawn) was critical. Now I know that too. Smile

  • 2 years ago

    viche83

    Yes, I think for black the strongest response is to take the pawn with the Knight on move 5. I tried that with black in another game of this thematic tournament, it failed terribly, but I still think it is the strongest black can do. It can get complicated for a player like me though

    The "quiet" development in this game is "easier" to handle for both black and white I think.

    My main question was how I could have played it better in the middlegame though. At one point I lost the overview, at move 19 and/or 21. Matt gave me a good insight why I should have played it differently at certain points. That is something a computer can't help you with.

  • 2 years ago

    CM smarterchess

    This game was from a thematic tournament, and the starting position does seem a bit strange.

  • 2 years ago

    IM pfren

    What's wrong with 5...Nxe4?

    All I can see is white settling for rough equality with 6.Qe2 Nc5 7.Nxe5 etc.

  • 2 years ago

    CM smarterchess

    I still have openings for students if anyone is interested.  I try to add as much explanatory text as possible to the games I analyze as in the game above.  Shoot me a message, first game analyzed for $1 as a trial.

  • 2 years ago

    Zweb

    Interesting game!

  • 2 years ago

    mapearson1990

    I play the Ruy Lopez a lot, therefore this game was very instructive both with regards to the specific opening and also to general middlegame planning. Thanks to your student for allowing his game to be shown.

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