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Ruy Lopez, Open (C82)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Nxe4 6 d4 b5
7 Bb3 d5 8 dxe5 Be6 9 c3

Number of games in database: 581
Years covered: 1870 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 36.7%
   Black wins 29.6%
   Draws 33.7%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Anatoly Karpov  12 games
Ljubomir Ljubojevic  11 games
Andrei Sokolov  9 games
Viktor Korchnoi  19 games
Artur Yusupov  16 games
Jan Timman  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978
Lasker vs Rubinstein, 1914
Karpov vs Yusupov, 1983
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981
Fischer vs Larsen, 1966
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 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 581  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Caravage vs Placais 0-123 1870 PostalC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Wolgast vs Weissenfels  1-027 1871 PostalC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. B Fleissig vs Mackenzie  0-139 1882 ViennaC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. A Solovtsov vs Chigorin 1-033 1884 MoscowC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. Metger vs Tarrasch 0-139 1887 DSB-05.KongressC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. Tarrasch vs Max Weiss 0-168 1887 DSB-05.KongressC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. Mackenzie vs Max Weiss  ½-½67 1887 DSB-05.KongressC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Metger vs Max Weiss  ½-½27 1887 DSB-05.KongressC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Taubenhaus vs Max Weiss ½-½38 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. Max Weiss vs Gossip 1-027 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. Max Weiss vs J Holzwarth  1-047 1890 Kolisch MemorialC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. Max Weiss vs Csank 1-024 1890 Kolisch MemorialC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. Loman vs J F Heemskerk  1-052 1890 The HagueC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. Tarrasch vs Chigorin 1-063 1893 Petersbrurg (Match)C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Showalter vs Albin 0-149 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. Taubenhaus vs Albin ½-½66 1893 New YorkC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Tarrasch vs A Zinkl ½-½74 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. A Zinkl vs P K Seuffert  1-051 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Showalter vs A Hodges  0-172 1894 Showalter - HodgesC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. Showalter vs A Hodges  1-038 1894 Showalter - HodgesC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. Taubenhaus vs Teichmann 0-134 1895 LondonC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. G Bellingham vs C E Ranken  ½-½36 1895 WorcesterC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. Janowski vs G Marco 1-029 1896 NurembergC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. K A Walbrodt vs Janowski  0-161 1896 NurembergC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. Janowski vs Tarrasch  0-168 1896 NurembergC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-04-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Shirov demolishes the Open Ruy Lopez, from the recent 4NCL weekend:

[Event "Birmingham 4NCL 2004/5"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2005.05.01"]
[Round "10.2"]
[White "Shirov, Alexei"]
[Black "Flear, Glenn"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2714"]
[BlackElo "2475"]
[ECO "C82"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2005.04.??"]
[SourceDate "2001.09.18"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 Bg4 11. Re1 d4 12. h3 Bh5 13. g4 Bg6 14. Nxd4 Nxd4 15. cxd4 Qxd4 16. Qf3 Rd8 17. Nf1 Nxb3 18. e6 Bb4 19. axb3 Bxe1 20. Qc6+ Kf8 21. Be3 Qd6 22. Bc5 Bb4 23. Bxd6+ Bxd6 24. exf7 h5 25. Rxa6 hxg4 26. hxg4 b4 27. Ne3 Bxf7 28. Ra8 Re8 29. Nf5 Bh2+ 30. Kg2 Rxa8 31. Qxa8+ Be8 32. Qd8
1-0

May-04-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: And Sutovsky demolishes the Open Ruy Lopez as well, from the same 4NCL event as the Shirov game given above:

[Event "Birmingham 4NCL 2004/5"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2005.05.02"]
[Round "11.4"]
[White "Sutovsky, Emil"]
[Black "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2665"]
[BlackElo "2662"]
[ECO "C82"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2005.04.??"]
[SourceDate "2001.09.18"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 Bg4 11. Bc2 Ne6 12. Re1 Bc5 13. Nf1 Bh5 14. b4 Bb6 15. Ng3 Bg6 16. h4 d4 17. Bg5 Bxc2 18. Qxc2 Qd5 19. Nh5 Qc4 20. Nd2 d3 21. Qd1 Qd5 22. Ne4 Kf8 23. Nef6 gxf6 24. Nxf6 Qc4 25. Re4 Ncd4 26. Bh6+ Ke7 27. cxd4 Nxd4 28. Rc1 Qxa2 29. Rxd4 Rhd8 30. Rf4 d2 31. Rc3 Qa4 32. Ng8+ Ke8 33. Nf6+ Ke7 34. Nd5+ Rxd5 35. Rxf7+ Kd8 36. Rf8+ Ke7 37. Bg5+ 1-0

Feb-20-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: Both guys play 9.Nbd2 instead of c3. Is this to avoid the Dilworth Attack? (9.c3 Bc5 10.Nbd2 0-0 11.Bc2 Nxf2!?)
Feb-20-09  MaxxLange: I tried the Open Ruy, it's pretty hard to hold
Feb-20-09  chessman95: This opening is a bit risky for black. While white's position is solid and dosen't have any major weaknesses, black's position is hanging on a rope and one slip spells disaster, especially because the king is still not castled. The Closed Spanish or Marshall Attack are more solid options for black, although every once in a while I run into an opponent who dosen't know how to play the Open Spanish very well, and then white's in real trouble.
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