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Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O (C72)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 d6 5 O-O

Number of games in database: 738
Years covered: 1863 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 42.7%
   Black wins 21.5%
   Draws 35.8%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vlastimil Jansa  12 games
Milan Matulovic  9 games
Bruno Parma  9 games
Paul Keres  22 games
Borislav Ivkov  14 games
Valeri Yandemirov  12 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Fischer vs Geller, 1961
E Inarkiev vs M Kazhgaleyev, 2008
Fine vs Alekhine, 1938
R Adams vs B Wall, 1976
Geller vs Spassky, 1964
Korchnoi vs Portisch, 1968
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 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 738  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Lange vs G Schultz 1-048 1863 WSB-03.Kongress prelC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
2. Schlechter vs Janowski ½-½72 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
3. A Zinkl vs Janowski 0-146 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
4. Showalter vs E Hymes  1-032 1894 2nd City Chess Club TournamentC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
5. Showalter vs S Ricardo-Rocamora  0-136 1894 2nd City Chess Club TournamentC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
6. Janowski vs J Mieses  1-051 1895 Paris mC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
7. Lasker vs Steinitz 1-040 1895 HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
8. Janowski vs Steinitz 1-024 1895 HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
9. G Marco vs Steinitz 0-137 1895 HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
10. Janowski vs K A Walbrodt  ½-½36 1897 BerlinC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
11. Janowski vs Schlechter  0-161 1900 MunichC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
12. G Marco vs Tarrasch 1-065 1903 Monte CarloC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
13. Taubenhaus vs Schlechter 1-027 1903 Monte CarloC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
14. Schlechter vs Leonhardt 1-040 1905 OstendC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
15. Leonhardt vs Schlechter ½-½46 1906 15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg)C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
16. B Gregory vs G Helbach  1-063 1909 All Russian AmateurC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
17. Purnell vs Capablanca  0-133 1909 Simul, 10bC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
18. Breyer vs M Lowcki  1-042 1912 18th DSB KongressC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
19. S T Sharp vs Capablanca  0-122 1916 Franklin CC - Manhattan CC mC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
20. C Jaffe vs Janowski  1-089 1917 Jaffe - Janowski 1917/18C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
21. R T Black vs Capablanca  ½-½44 1918 New YorkC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
22. Yates vs G A Thomas  ½-½68 1919 HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
23. R P Michell vs Capablanca 0-154 1919 HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
24. Yates vs K Treybal  1-030 1923 KarlsbadC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
25. B Kostic vs A J A Cameron  1-034 1924 South AfricaC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-23-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: Doesn't seem good for Black based on the statisctics.
Jan-24-06  cuendillar: THat's because the best reply, 5...Nf6, transposes to Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred (C79) These are just inferior alternatives. The plan in Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation (C76) also has it's own code. Black's score is much better in those lines.
Mar-01-07  soughzin: Has anyone here analyzed 5...Bg4 6.h3 h5?

I like 5.c3 f5 but it can be completely avoided with 0-0 and we're back to the positions I'm not fond of. Bg5 with h5 is awfully sharp and a great practical weapon but is it sound? Maybe we could analyze it together or something if anyone's interested.

Jun-30-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: i did a little research soughzin and i like 5. ...Bg4

i think with 5.O-O Bg4 and 5.c3 f5 i can make the modern steinitz work...will let you know how it turns out :)

Mar-18-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day:
Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗b5 a6 4.♗a4 d6
May-20-11  Edwin M: <Knight13>: It worked for Keres.
Apr-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗b5 a6 4.♗a4 d6


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