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I had the pleasure today to play against this defense and to achieve a crushing victory. I remember playing against it a few times before and loosing, but apparently it was due to a lack of positional understanding. The thing white can't do here is pushing the d-pawn, which potentially leads to desaster. In general, I believe this defense is by far better for white, since Black has to take care not to make any wrong moves, with critical consequences.
I like the idea of this defense, because if white breaks open the center with d4, the fianchettoed bishop becomes quite powerful, if you take that route of the defense.
i like lopez
"The Ruy Lopez is one of the oldest chess openings and it is a great
testament to its fundamental soundness and variety that still enjoys
tremendous popularity at every level of the game." Gary Lane
come and join The Radical Ruy Lopez Group, we played thematic matches/vote chess and we have discussion to explore the variations.
Though this prevents white from playing the exchange variation, by blocking in his bishop, black is creating an extra move to castle, and is essentially accepting that either his knight on c6 or his d pawn will be pinned. I don't think the fianchetto is worth all that.
gxtmf1, black plans to eventually fianchetto his dark squared bishop. It's only a temporary issue. I have used this defense a few times with success because the player did not expect it, therefore, I recommend this to people.
the ruy lopez is one of my favs there are a lot of differant ways to play it however i dont win as much as like the scotch game so thanks for the book suggestion.
In "Winning Chess Openings" by Yasser Seirawan he explains the idea behind the Cozio and other openings.
does anyone know this opening very well? It looks interesting, but I'm a bit skeptical of it's restriction of the f8 bishop.
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