chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Ruy Lopez (C70)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4

Number of games in database: 829
Years covered: 1845 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 47.4%
   Black wins 29.0%
   Draws 23.5%

Popularity graph, by decade

Explore this opening  |  Search for sacrifices in this opening.
PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Georg Marco  8 games
Sergey Karjakin  6 games
Michael Adams  5 games
Wilhelm Steinitz  21 games
Svein Johannessen  12 games
Simen Agdestein  11 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Einstein vs Oppenheimer, 1933
B Wall vs J Chance, 1969
Spassky vs Taimanov, 1955
A Matanovic vs J H Donner, 1965
W G Addison vs Fischer, 1963
E Karklins vs P Tautvaisas, 1970
<< previous chapter next chapter >>

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 829  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Rousseau vs C Stanley 1-040 1845 New Orleans m ;HCL 34C70 Ruy Lopez
2. E Rousseau vs C Stanley 1-069 1845 New Orleans m ;HCL 34C70 Ruy Lopez
3. G Medley vs Mongredien 1-044 1850 London mC70 Ruy Lopez
4. Jaenisch vs S Urusov  1-034 1854 St Petersburg m2C70 Ruy Lopez
5. Morphy vs G Hammond 1-022 1859 BostonC70 Ruy Lopez
6. M Bateman vs Zytogorski  0-137 1860 BCA-03.KongressC70 Ruy Lopez
7. Anderssen vs C Messemaker 1-037 1861 RotterdamC70 Ruy Lopez
8. O Wuelfing vs J Kohtz 1-017 1862 WSB-02.KongressC70 Ruy Lopez
9. J Leonard vs C A Gilberg  1-025 1862 Simultaneous blindfold exhibitionC70 Ruy Lopez
10. G Neumann vs Anderssen 0-125 1864 BreslauC70 Ruy Lopez
11. Mackenzie vs G Reichhelm  ½-½34 1867 MatchC70 Ruy Lopez
12. Zukertort vs Mayet  1-032 1867 BerlinC70 Ruy Lopez
13. J Lord vs T Hampton  0-133 1868 BCA-02.Challenge CupC70 Ruy Lopez
14. Zukertort vs H Munk  1-034 1871 BerlinC70 Ruy Lopez
15. F H Elder vs H Harding 1-021 1871 2nd American Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
16. F H Elder vs W B Haughton  1-036 1871 2nd American Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
17. M Judd vs H Harding 1-028 1871 2nd American Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
18. H D Smith vs H Harding  1-055 1871 2nd American Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
19. M Judd vs H Harding  ½-½39 1871 2nd American Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
20. Anderssen vs Paulsen  1-052 1876 Leipzig mC70 Ruy Lopez
21. Anderssen vs Paulsen  1-049 1877 LeipzigC70 Ruy Lopez
22. Anderssen vs Paulsen  ½-½61 1877 LeipzigC70 Ruy Lopez
23. Anderssen vs Paulsen 1-031 1877 LeipzigC70 Ruy Lopez
24. E Schallopp vs Winawer  0-143 1877 LeipzigC70 Ruy Lopez
25. Norris vs A Marriott  0-128 1878 ENG corrC70 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 829  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  
 

Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-16-04  PaulKeres: I'm a little surprised, prehaps someone out there can help? Why does the <4...b5> Ruy Lopez Caro variation (C70) do so badly for Black. And even more so the continuation <5. Bb3 Na5> so bad as well? OK, White has a good lead in development, but doesn't have the Bishop pair anymore.
Apr-16-04  ruylopez900: PaulKeres -- After Na5 Black's e5 pawn is hanging, thus White gets the upper hand developing to attack the poor pawn while Black's p[ieces are more passive.
Aug-24-04  Hanzo Steel: Could someone give me an opinion on how to confront 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 b5 5 Bb3 Bd6 as White? Bd6 seems inferior to me, but I can't really figure out how to exploit it best.
Aug-24-04  clocked: The simple answer is to play 0-0 and d3. Black will play some combination of Nf6 and Bb7 and you will reach a common position.
Aug-24-04  rover: My preference would be to play the normal main line setup with c3 and d4. Black can either exchange on d4 which is advantageous for white, go into an akward development scheme with Qe7 or Qf6, or is left with a completely passive position with Nc6 and Bd6 both defending the weak pawn on e5. Any of these 3 options should give white an advantage.
Aug-24-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  OneArmedScissor: I absolutely love the Ruy Lopez now.
I use to be confused so much by it, but I read a few things about it and I've grown to love it. It just suits my style of play quite well. It's the only opening I'll play with 1. e4 e5

I also must note that the only opening I play against 1. e4 is the Sicilian Defense.

Anyways... I think the reason why playing 4. ...b5 is bad, is because black neglects development and tries to claim the Lopez bishop. And the best way to stop an attack on the flanks is to attack/counter-attack in the center. Black tries to push through on the queenside, while white will try to steam roll through in the center.

Aug-26-04  ruylopez900: <One Armed> Yes, but if they wait, play ...Nf6 then ...b5 then you have the dangerous and dynamic Archangel defence!
Sep-17-04  Knight13: I play this Opening very often. Good opening thoe.
Dec-06-04  drukenknight: Spanish/Lucena variation, I guess. White forgets to advance the d pawn and black gets a pretty good game:

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bb5 a6
4. Ba4 Bc5
5. c3 Nf6
6. O-O Nxe4 (H. Steiner played this at least two times in the other database losing to Alkehine and Horowitz)

7. Qe2 (7 d5 is universally played)

7... b5
8. Bb3 Nxf2
9. Rxf2 Bxf2+
10. Kxf2

Sep-06-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: Anyone have any experience with the Gambit line 4...b5 5.Bb3...Na5 6. Bf7+!?
Dec-05-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  jamesmaskell: A game from last night against a far stronger player. I was White.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Bc5 6. O-O Nf6 7. Re1 d6 8. c3 Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. d4 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 exd4 12. e5 Nxe5 (I thought I was being really smart but forgot about the knight...) 13. Bg5 O-O 14. Qg3 Re8 15. Nd2 dxc3 16. Qxc3 h6 17. Be3 Ned7 18. Re2 Bxe3 19. Rxe3 c5 20. Bc2 d5 21. Nf3 Qc7 22. Rae1 Rxe3 23 Rxe3 Qf4 24. g3 Qd6 25. Bf5 d4 26. Qd3 Qd5 27. Bxd7 dxe3 28. Qxd5 Nxd5 29. Bc6 Rd8 30. Bxd5 exf2+ 31. Kxf2 Rxd5 32. Ke3 f5 White resigns 0-1

Not too disappointed. We used about the same amount of time and the game looked fairly balanced for most of it. My weakness in strategy shows though my defensive skills are definitely improving. As Ive said, he was much stronger than me so little was expected other than holding him for as long as possible and using it as a learning experience.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other users.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific opening and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2014, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies