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Great opening, it's one of my favorite ones!
Why not b5 Bb3 Nxe5?
why cant black play b5 after white bishop moves to a4?
@Jasonis- Because the response to Ne4 isn't Re1 immediately.5. ... Nxe4, 6. Bxc3, and the usual response is 6. ... dxc6 to avoid having a weak a-pawn. Now 7. Re1 (if followed by f5 then 8. Nxe5 taking the pawn back. Please note that once Bxc3, black cannot defend both his Knight and his e5 pawn, and if he chooses to defend his Knight, it will get pinned to the king)
After Ne4 and Re1 why not pawn to d5?
If black captures pawn, white simply Re1!
I understand -- thanks for playing it out.
if black captures the pawn after white castles white will simply exchane his bishop and blacks knight and then he will play Re1 ,the knight will retreat.white wil be able 2 recapture and black will end up having doubled pawns and an open king
if black captures the pawn after white castles white will simply exchane his bishop and blacks knight and then he will play Re1 ,the knight will retreat.white wil be able 2 recapture and black will end up having doubled pawns and an open king. reply 2 MBorax
notice how no one answered the op's question?
Can someone explain why, after white castles, the black knight can't simply take the e4 pawn and be up on material?
and so black gains by this line opposed to the d-pawn push line
i didnt understand why black plays 3....a6 . could someone pls explain. even without that move black can go ahead with d5 right?
I know that following Ba4 the general move is Nf6, but while b5 forces Bb3, which exploits the long a2-g8 diagonal, I could find no immediate threat that makes this line unplayable for black. Is there something I'm missing, as the Game Explorer came up with exactly 0 master games where b5 was played in this opening?
Where it is presented the Ruy Lopez:Exchange variation???
I've played this opening and the next one on the list, the italian opening, over and over again, w/o knowing their names! I'm as familiar with them as someone of my limited skills can be. Nice to know I've a head start on memorizing openings.
I don't like the ruy lupez opening. I know in the discussion they say b5 isn't gonna happen, but it always does. ALWAYS. Then the pawns block the center and I'm essentially a bishop down. (it's still there, but trapped and passive. I played this in live chess a couple days ago and won, but my bishop was actually on a2 most of the game. I would have lost easily had my partner (a) not been a less experienced player than I and made use of his advantage and (b) not completely forgot about the bishop, and, after material was reduced allowed it to swoop in for the winner. But that win was a function of facing lesser skill, not of a superior opening. Maybe I'll save this opening for later, when I'm playing people who are too advanced to be able to pin it to the sides.
Thank you Blaow, that was very helpful.As I said, i'm just starting to get into the more analytical side of the game (i.e. devoting time to reading about chess techniques and startegies). I found that I can fight my way out of many situations in the end game, but I need to get better with openings.Any advice on openings (or anything else for that matter) will be welcomed. I'm working my way through the chess.com Study Plans and I'm finding very helpful as well. Again, thank you! :-)
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