1.e4 e5 Ruy Lopez

Jun 30, 2012, 3:34 AM |

Alright - I'm pretty happy playing either side of the Ruy Lopez these days but welshman2012 has pulled out a line that slips through the cracks: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4!? which I cannot find in my Kaufman repertoire or in MacDonald's Ruy Lopez step by step book. So - I've had a quick look in chesstempo.com and come up with the following:

8...Bg4    129 games 34.9%WW 42.6%D 22.5%BW
8...b4    95 games 27.4%WW 47.4%D 25.3%BW
8...Bb7    77 games 42.9%WW 45.5%D 11.6%BW
8...Bd7    46 games 32.6%WW 52.2%D 15.2%BW
8...Na5    27 games 51.9%WW 33.3%D 14.8%BW
8...Rb8    25 games 48%WW 36%D 16%BW
8...Nd4 1 game only Balashov - Zaitsev 1980 (1-0)

Van Oosterom, Chiel (2402) vs Pruijssers, Roeland (2401) 2009 - uninspiring and so I haven't put it up here
Gorovykh, Eduard (2404) vs Matlakov, Maxim (2533) 2009 - better

Olszewski, Michal (2458) vs Nyback, Tomi (2639) 2008 - uninspired midgame but interesting endgame

Interestingly Hou-Qin 2005 is also in chessgames.com and turns out to be like Kasparov-Ivanchuk 2002