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Since when I came back to Ruy Lopez I'm playing better! I just played this game. It wasn't very tough to win but I think it's remarkable because I don't think I made any mistakes, perhaps a few inaccuracies. The game was 60|0.
8. 0-0 is a better way to protect your pawn. (8...Nxe4? 9. Re1) Then you have a slight advantage due to your lead in development, easy development for the rest of your pieces (Nc3, Bg5, Re1, f3 all suggest themselves) and a long-term kingside majority to push.
The plan to harass black's queenside pawn was good. Particularly aiming at the front c-pawn, that was well seen as black has some problems defending it. Then black just handed you a pawn, another one, and suddenly the game was over. I really can't see improvements for you past around move 20, the moves were all natural and seem winning. Very well played!
Thanks Remellion and very well pointed. 8.0-0 seems better because I avoid that pin and protect the pawn. But I analyzed the game with an engine and curiously enough Nc3 was better for some reason.
The Lasker variation is not "dubious". It is the essence of the Exchange variation, i.e. effective pawn majority vs. pair of bishops. If you do not know how White can win the position at the end of my post, you should not play that. (and you should learn it !). Allowing the doubling of the c pawns was indeed a mistake.
13.Ne2 ? -> Nb3 followed by ...Bg5.
18...Rad8 : c5 is lost, because the only way to defend it is 18...Ne7 and then Re1 and Nd3 force ...Bxd3 cxd3 with a huge edge for White.
White is maybe winning at move 25, but he still has a hard path to walk after 25...c4. c3 is a permanent weakness.
The rest is perfect in my eyes.
Endgame to know :
You're right, Irontiger. It just was the first time I played this variation and I didn't know how to handle it. I usually castle after exchanging on c6 and I played bad in the opening because I didn't even bother to analyze the position. I played very quickly. I usually do so in the opening, especially in a kinda quite one, like this. And that's why sometimes I screw it up.
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