|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|| ||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)
8. Bb3 Nxf2
9. Rxf2 Bxf2+
|Sep-06-06|| ||Joshka: Anyone have any experience with the Gambit line 4...b5 5.Bb3...Na5 6. Bf7+!?|
|Dec-05-07|| ||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.