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Ruy Lopez, Open (C80)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Nxe4

Number of games in database: 1672
Years covered: 1854 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 38.0%
   Black wins 22.4%
   Draws 39.6%

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Michael Adams  19 games
Peter Svidler  17 games
Alexey Shirov  17 games
Viktor Korchnoi  44 games
Artur Yusupov  39 games
Victor Mikhalevski  36 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995
Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978
Cherepkov vs Bronstein, 1961
Z Almasi vs I Sokolov, 1995
Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1912
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 page 1 of 67; games 1-25 of 1,672  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Loewenthal vs Brien / Wormald 1-023 1854 LondonC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Blackburne vs Falkbeer 1-032 1864 London (England)C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. S Rosenthal vs E Schmidt 1-029 1865 Leipzig simC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. J Minckwitz vs E Schmidt  ½-½28 1865 Leipzig simC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. A Schliemann vs Beger  0-143 1866 BerlinC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. A Schliemann vs Beger  ½-½56 1866 Berlin itC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. G Neumann vs S Rosenthal 1-038 1867 ParisC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. De Vere vs C Golmayo  1-033 1867 ParisC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. De Vere vs G B Fraser ½-½44 1867 Dundee CongressC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. M Lange vs W Paulsen 1-051 1868 Aachen, 7th congress WDSC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. J Minckwitz vs Lange 1-027 1869 LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. S Mieses vs J Minckwitz  1-046 1869 LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. J Minckwitz vs Zukertort / Hoffer 1-055 1869 BarmenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. S Mieses vs J Minckwitz  0-136 1869 LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Paulsen vs E Schallopp 1-070 1869 NSB-02.KongressC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. C T Goering vs J Minckwitz 1-040 1870 LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Adolf Stern vs J Minckwitz 0-119 1870 Baden-BadenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. S Rosenthal vs Winawer  ½-½37 1870 Baden-BadenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Winawer vs Anderssen 0-135 1870 Baden-BadenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. S Mieses vs J Minckwitz  1-034 1871 LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. Cordel / Minckwitz / Allies vs Anderssen / Goring / Allies 1-067 1871 LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. J N Berger vs Gelbfuhs 0-126 1871 ViennaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. S Mieses vs J Minckwitz  0-150 1871 LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. J Minckwitz vs C T Goering  1-033 1872 LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. J Minckwitz vs Anderssen / Goring / Allies 0-134 1872 LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
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Nov-08-05  notyetagm: Could someone please post the line which makes 6 ♖e1?! a dubious move? Glen Flear gives this move the ?! annotation in his book on the Open Spanish. Thanks.
Nov-08-05  notyetagm: And could someone please tell me what exactly the Bernstein variation of the Open Spanish is? Thanks.
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  WannaBe: <notyetagm>

Ruy is about 1/2 way down. Starting with move 9.

Dec-01-05  soughzin: Does the open Ruy give, as its name suggests, a more open and tactical game than the closed? I've heard the closed involves more manuevering which at the present is not my strong point.
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  tpstar: <soughzin> Yes, both more open and more tactical, however many believe Black's piece formation (Ne4/Nc6/Bc5/Be6) is somewhat loose giving White a positional advantage. Two of its greatest practitioners are Viktor Korchnoi and Artur Yusupov so look at their games for ideas and inspiration. =)
Dec-05-05  Damodude: I'm a bit stuck here. After 6 d4 (..b5 7 Bb3) black should respond ..d5. I know this is obvious but, after 7 ..exd4, how is white to exploit the pin on the e4 knight? After Re1 d5 there doesn't seem to be an immediate way to break through. Any suggestions welcome...
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  refutor: 7.Bb3 exd4 8.Re1 d5 9.Nc3 seems strong
Dec-05-05  Damodude: isn't that just met with 9..dxc3 though?
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  refutor: 10.Bxd5 looks good
Dec-05-05  Damodude: aha! I geddit - thanks
Mar-05-06  popski: I tryed this open thing today for very first time in blitz game, but something went terribly wrong... :/ 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗b5 a6 4.♗a4 ♘f6 5.0-0 ♘xe4 6.♘xe5?! (well, this move is out of the book, but I couldn't find anything better than:) 6... ♘xe5 7.♖e1 f5 8.d3 b5 9.♗b3 ♗b7 10.de4 fe4 and my poor ♔ was stuck in the middle... So, how to play against 6.♘xe5?!
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  tpstar: <popski> I've never seen 6. Nxe5!? before either. Consider 6 ... Nxe5 7. Re1 Nc5 transposing to the 6. Re1 line after 8. Rxe5+ Be7 Opening Explorer I often see 6. Re1 from opponents under 2000, sometimes because they automatically expect 5 ... Be7, and also because they don't know the 6. d4 theory.
Mar-06-06  popski: Thanks <tpstar>, yes this is much better than my 'invention' :)
Aug-20-06  WTHarvey: Here are some traps n zaps from C80 miniatures:
Sep-18-06  soughzin: How do you all get to the Open? I've heard the Berlin move order is best 1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bb5 Nf6
4. 0-0 Nxe4
5. d4 a6
6. Ba5 b5
7. Bb3 d5

Or there's 1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bb5 a6
4. Ba5 b5
5. Bb3 Nf6 to avoid 5.d4 which can be annoying. (6.Ng5 doesn't work because of d5 and Nd4)

And the usual move order given on the board of course. I dislike 6.Re1 since I feel like I outbooked my Ruy opponent but he/she still often gets a good game.

Jun-03-09  dumbgai: I love the Riga variation (6...exd4) but most people I face play the boring 6. Re1 line and tell me afterwards they didn't know d4 is the main move. Anybody else experience this?
Jun-03-09  MaxxLange: <dumgai> yes. in fact, I get the impression that many amateurs think that 5...Nxe4 is unplayable because of 6. Re1
Mar-04-10  rapidcitychess: Yeah, I have to play the Open Ruy, and the Berlin. I normally get tripped up and lose a pawn. Of course I have fine compensation, but I'm not a tactical player. i detest gambits. How do you get through the open Ruy without gambiting a pawn?
Mar-04-10  CruyffTurn: <rapidcitychess: How do you get through the open Ruy without gambiting a pawn?> Not sure what you mean. Just follow the main lines, White gets his pawn back after a couple of moves. If Black tries to hang on to it, then White gets a good game Fischer vs P Trifunovic, 1961
Mar-04-10  rapidcitychess: Could you give me the main line(s)?
Mar-05-10  MaxxLange: the main line Open Ruy goes:

1 e4 e5 2 Nf6 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Nxe4 6 d4 b5 7 Bb3 d5 (not 7...exd4, like in the Fischer game) 8 dxe5 Be6

Mar-05-10  rapidcitychess: Thanks Maxx!
Mar-05-10  rapidcitychess: I saw that game in winning chess strategies! Awesome book.
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  Marmot PFL: Black doesn't lose a pawn but sometimes gets a backward c pawn.
Mar-06-10  rapidcitychess: Yeah. Yasser Seirawan recommends the forcing nd2. That book, winning chess Openings, Is a good starter, but you need more in depth things on things such as the Dutch, Nimzo, Kings Gambit, Catalan,and the English. He recommends the English but doesn't even tell you how to play the English. He should make a more in depth book. Also, he needs more modern lines and names. For example, the pin variation shows Ne4?! Qg4!? Nd5 is much better.
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