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Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation (C76)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 d6 5 c3 Bd7 6 d4 g6

Number of games in database: 471
Years covered: 1887 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 34.8%
   Black wins 23.1%
   Draws 42.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Isaac Boleslavsky  6 games
Efim Geller  6 games
Georgi Tringov  5 games
Vasily Smyslov  18 games
Miroslav Filip  16 games
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Karpov vs Spassky, 1986
Bronstein vs Nezhmetdinov, 1957
Karjakin vs Mamedyarov, 2006
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929
Gligoric vs F Olafsson, 1958
Svidler vs Kamsky, 2007
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 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 471  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Mackenzie vs Blackburne 0-133 1887 MatchC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
2. Burn vs Burille 1-037 1892 Ch GERC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
3. J W Baird vs Janowski  1-061 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
4. Teichmann vs J Mieses  1-039 1895 London (Match)C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
5. Schiffers vs Janowski 1-073 1895 HastingsC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
6. Showalter vs H E Atkins  1-045 1899 4th Anglo-American Cable MatchC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
7. Janowski vs Blackburne 1-047 1899 LondonC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
8. G Schories vs B Gregory  ½-½31 1905 Barmen-DC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
9. William Gibson / John R Longwill vs Capablanca  1-055 1919 Consultation gameC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
10. J Schweiger vs B Kostic  0-134 1921 BudapestC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
11. Yates vs Alekhine 0-135 1924 New YorkC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
12. R C MacDonald vs Jones  0-169 1927 ENG-ch corrC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
13. Yates vs Capablanca  ½-½36 1929 RamsgateC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
14. G A Thomas vs Capablanca  ½-½25 1929 BudapestC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
15. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine 0-139 1929 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship MatchC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
16. Ahues vs Przepiorka  ½-½34 1930 FrankfurtC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
17. J Gemzoe vs Alekhine 0-136 1930 Clock simul, 10bC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
18. Yates vs G A Thomas  ½-½50 1930 ScarboroughC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
19. L Steiner vs Saemisch  ½-½45 1931 Berlin GERC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
20. Yates vs A Gromer  0-146 1931 Prague ol (Men)C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
21. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs Alekhine ½-½55 1931 Praha ol (12)C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
22. L Steiner vs Stoltz  ½-½61 1931 Prague ol (Men)C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
23. Kashdan vs Flohr 0-165 1931 BledC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
24. E Eliskases vs K Treybal  1-044 1936 PodebradyC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
25. L Steiner vs G A Thomas  1-056 1936 PodebradyC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-13-04  chess player matt: this is my fav black defence to the ruy
Feb-02-05  Open Defence: I think this line offers a lot of promise, not many e4 players prepare for it and the results are encouraging, I see Valery Salov used to employ this line, know of any other active top GMs (though Salov currently is not active or top) that employ this line ?
Feb-02-05  e4Newman: I'm amazed that I've never come up against such a defense. Especially in the club curcuit where you seem to get all sorts of crazy lines. As a Lopez player, I'd love to hear some more feedback on this system. At first glance, black's f-pawn looks pretty tempting.

I noticed Nigel Short has 8 games in the database as both white (3) and black (5). 7 draws, 1 loss as black.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

There are some notable opponents in that list.

Feb-02-05  Open Defence: <e4newman> spot on! the f pawn is backward and the f7 square (weakest square for black) also is made slightly weaker

However, from the games I don't see that as a fatal handicap for Black, may be more research would bring this out, my gut feel is that Black can get a better hold on the center.

I think the real worry for Black is the Q-side, I see White getting some passers there

Feb-03-05  e4Newman: Defensively speaking for white, black's fianchettoed bishop can easily be stopped as long as the centre is kept closed via a move such as d5, which also gains a tempo by attacking black's knight.

<Open Defense> Your idea of mobilizing the q-side pawns sounds very tempting.

Feb-03-05  Open Defence: <e4> I'm flattered when you say it's my idea to mobilize q-side pawns, hehehe I just see it in the games played :-)
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