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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: 949
Years covered: 1863 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 43.7%
   Black wins 22.3%
   Draws 33.9%

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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 38; games 1-25 of 949  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Lange vs G Schultz 1-0481863WSB-03.Kongress prelC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
2. Schlechter vs Janowski ½-½7218949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
3. A Zinkl vs Janowski 0-14618949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
4. Showalter vs E Hymes  1-03218942nd City Chess Club TournamentC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
5. Showalter vs S Ricardo-Rocamora  0-13618942nd City Chess Club TournamentC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
6. Janowski vs J Mieses 1-0511895Janowski - MiesesC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
7. Lasker vs Steinitz 1-0401895HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
8. Schiffers vs Janowski 1-0731895HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
9. Janowski vs Steinitz 1-0241895HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
10. G Marco vs Steinitz 0-1371895HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
11. Janowski vs K A Walbrodt ½-½361897BerlinC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
12. Janowski vs Blackburne 1-0471899LondonC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
13. Janowski vs Schlechter 0-1611900MunichC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
14. G Marco vs Tarrasch 1-0651903Monte CarloC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
15. Taubenhaus vs Schlechter 1-0271903Monte CarloC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
16. Schlechter vs Leonhardt 1-0401905OstendC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
17. G Schories vs B Gregory  ½-½311905Barmen-DC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
18. M Lewitt vs Swiderski  0-1621906OstendC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
19. Reggio vs Teichmann  0-1311906OstendC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
20. G Marco vs Leonhardt  0-1481906OstendC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
21. Z von Balla vs Fahrni  ½-½291906OstendC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
22. Leonhardt vs Schlechter ½-½46190615th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg)C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
23. B Gregory vs G Helbach  1-0631909All Russian AmateurC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
24. Purnell vs Capablanca 0-1331909Simul, 10bC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
25. Breyer vs M Lowcki  1-042191218th DSB KongressC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-23-06  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  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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