Read my articles on the Ruy Lopez to help you follow IM David Pruess study plan.
The Ruy Lopez opening is an opening that meets all the requirements of how an opening should be played. These articles will help you to be able to learn the opening in the method that IM David Pruess stated in the last Pardon our Blunders episode.
IM Pruess stated that when you learn a new opening, the first thing you need to do is setup the opening on a board, and just study it, and ask yourself questions about where do you plan on placeing your pieces, what kind of a position will likely be created based upon open files, and diagonals, and based upon other aspects of the position that will be created, and try to think about what kind of a likely plan will be followed, based upon the basic position of the opening, which will tell you where the opening is going.
So, that is what we are doing in these articles. Going move by move, and stating what aspects of the position exist. When you are learning the Ruy Lopez opening for the first time, I suggest you follow IM Pruess's advice, and setup the basic position of e4, e5, Nf3, Nc6, Bb5
Study the position, and ask yourself based upon the position, where will you likely deploy your pieces, and what kind of a plan will you follow, where will you attack, what targets will you try to create, what will you try to control? Then read my articles to get more ideas, and insight into the position.