A New Way To Beat The Ruy Lopez

A New Way To Beat The Ruy Lopez

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In this article, I am going to try something new, and I would like the readers at to let me know if they like it. I wrote an article a while back called "Learning By Induction"
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So I would like to try a little experiment. in this article, I will present 7 games (without any notes) all starting with Black using the same line against the Ruy Lopez. I am guessing that few of you have had any experience with this line, so it will make a good topic for the test. (You may recognise one game that I published in a previous article dealing with the attacking scheme used.  I removed the notes for the purposes of this article). The test will be this:

1) Play through all seven games.

2) Try to determine the 3 main ideas for Black in this opening. They can be expressed along the lines of:
Black is trying to attack X
Black is trying to control square X
Black is trying to make White do (or prevent White from doing) X
Black is trying to do a certain thing with a certain piece or pieces
Black is trying to do things on X side of the board

3) Make notes as you play through each game and see if that idea or theme appears in any of the other games. That would be a good indicator that an idea is important (or important to avoid).

4) Write a comment listing your top three ideas for this opening. Write as though you were telling another person "Here are 3 things you need to do, prevent, avoid, or look for when playing this opening."

5) Let me know if you found this exercise to be useful.  Maybe I will do it again or not, depending on how it is received.

6) After a day or so (when enough comments are received), I will post a comment stating what I think the top 3 ideas are in this opening, so keep checking back to see if I have posted my "answers" yet. Perhaps you will come up with better ideas than I will (maybe I will cheat off of you!). Anyway, it should be interesting, entertaining, or educational. Maybe all three!


Now send in those comments!
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