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Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense (C74)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 d6 5 c3

Number of games in database: 298
Years covered: 1892 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 38.3%
   Black wins 25.2%
   Draws 36.6%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Mikhail Tal  5 games
Vasily Smyslov  4 games
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  4 games
Svetozar Gligoric  11 games
Anatoly S Lutikov  5 games
Valeri Yandemirov  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Anand vs Yusupov, 1994
Tal vs Averbakh, 1959
A Csonka vs T Upton, 2009
Reti vs Capablanca, 1928
Euwe vs Keres, 1948
E Steiner vs Capablanca, 1928
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 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 298  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K A Walbrodt vs Von Scheve  ½-½22 1892 DresdenC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
2. Janowski vs F Malthan 0-144 1894 CC Int TtC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
3. J Mason vs Teichmann 0-124 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. A Zinkl vs Blackburne  0-146 1897 BerlinC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
5. Showalter vs E Hymes  1-053 1900 New YorkC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
6. O C Mueller vs A Curnock  1-041 1904 LondonC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. J C Eppens vs L Uedemann  0-141 1906 Western Championship (Final)C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
8. Lasker vs Willigerode 0-150 1909 Riga simC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. H M Phillips vs E B Heal 1-033 1909 Rice CC-Brooklyn CC matchC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
10. Capablanca vs Marshall ½-½31 1909 Capablanca - MarshallC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. Z Barasz vs M Lowcki  ½-½70 1912 Bad PistyanC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
12. A B Bruce vs E F Korkus  0-140 1914 C.H.Y.P. tournamentC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
13. R T Black vs Janowski  1-096 1918 New YorkC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
14. Alekhine vs C Amar 1-024 1923 Blindfold simul, 12bC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
15. C Duffield vs E Spencer  ½-½58 1924 WestonC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
16. Spielmann vs K Treybal  1-050 1926 SemmeringC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
17. E Steiner vs Capablanca 0-167 1928 BudapestC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
18. E Steiner vs Kmoch  1-055 1928 BudapestC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
19. Reti vs Capablanca 0-118 1928 BerlinC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
20. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine ½-½48 1929 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship MatchC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
21. A Vajda vs K Treybal  ½-½31 1930 Hamburg ol (Men)C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. A Vajda vs Znosko-Borovsky  0-129 1931 Nice itC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
23. Capablanca vs H Steiner ½-½21 1931 New YorkC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. L Steiner vs S Boros  1-047 1931 Trebitsch mem 14thC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. E Steiner vs Kashdan  0-135 1931 Prague ol (Men)C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-31-06  hayton3: No comments on the Siesta Variation (5.c3 f5)? Not exactly the quietest method of combating White in the Ruy, it is a sharp and fairly sound method that can catch White napping :)
Jan-25-09  spirosgr: indeed :
[Event "Ikaros Open 2006"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2006.07.15"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C74"]
[WhiteElo "1850"]
[BlackElo "2127"]
[PlyCount "78"]
[EventDate "2006.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. c3 f5 6. d4 (book writes 6. exf5 Bxf5 7. O-O Bd3 8. Re1 Be7) 6... fxe4 7. Ng5 Bf5 8. Qb3 Nge7 9. Qf7+ Kd7 10. d5 b5 11. dxc6+ Kxc6 12. Bc2 d5 13. Qh5 Kb7 14. Qe2 Qe8 15. f3 exf3 16. Nxf3 Bxc2 17. Qxc2 e4 18. Nd4 c5 19. Ne2 Nc6 20. Be3 Rd8 21. Bg5 Rd7 22. O-O d4 23. Ng3 h6 24. Bc1 e3 25. Qd3 c4 26.


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Qe2 ( ? white could keep initiative 26. Qf5 e2 27. Nxe2 g6 (27... Qxe2 28. Qxd7+) 28. Qh3 d3 29. Ng3 Bc5+ 30. Kh1 Rf8 31. Nd2 Rxf1+ 32. Ndxf1 Re7 33. Bd2 h5 34. b4 Bb6 ( 34... cxb3 35. axb3 Qf7 36. Bg5 Re5 37. b4) 35. a4 Qf7 36. a5) 26... Bc5 27. Qf3 d3 28. Ne4 Qxe4 29. Qxe4 e2+ 30. Be3 exf1=Q+ 31. Kxf1 Rf8+ 32. Kg1 Re7 33. Bxc5 Rxe4 34. Bxf8 Re1+ 35. Kf2 d2 36. Nxd2 Rxa1 37. Bxg7 h5 38. Kg3 Rxa2 39. Kh4 Rxb2 0-1

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