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The Open Defence
Compiled by Open Defence

Ever since I was aware of chess openings, The Open Variation of the Ruy Lopez or Open Defence has always fascinated me. Used by Smyslov, Korchnoi, Szabo, Anand and others this line has been promising for those who like active positions with the black pieces.

As Black's pawn structure is left with some weakness, there is continuing debate as to whether the line is sound. However, recent games by Sokolov and Nunn have once again brought life into this variation

Weak Queen side ?
S Collins vs G Flear, 2001 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 32 moves, 0-1

Dangerous defence - to whom ? White ?
Z Almasi vs I Sokolov, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 26 moves, 0-1

A recent game
Naiditsch vs I Rogers, 2003 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Risky Defence?
Kasparov vs Shirov, 2001 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Young Yusupov walks on the Open side
Kupreichik vs Yusupov, 1981 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 36 moves, 0-1

Why does Timman resign?
Shirov vs Timman, 1996 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 49 moves, 1-0

The move 11 .. Bd5 is most significant
Anand vs I Sokolov, 1994 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 53 moves, 0-1

Where did the Q-side pawns go?
Leko vs Khalifman, 2000
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 43 moves, 1-0

Tactics galore
Tal vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 35 moves, 0-1

Young Kasparov punished
Kasparov vs E Magerramov, 1976 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 35 moves, 0-1

Active pieces
Boleslavsky vs Szabo, 1946
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 31 moves, 0-1

More Szabo.. More Open Defence
Gligoric vs Szabo, 1953 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 0-1

When White attacks
A Sokolov vs Timman, 1988
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 48 moves, 0-1

Rubenstein plays a Classic!
Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1912  
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 27 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi and the Open Defence
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1965 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 49 moves, 0-1

The d pawn
Tal vs Korchnoi, 1955 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 33 moves, 0-1

Symslov and the Open Defence
Tal vs Smyslov, 1977 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 40 moves, 0-1

The Qe2 variation
Keres vs Bronstein, 1946 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

The new generation - Anand and the Open Defence
Adams vs Anand, 1994 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 45 moves, 0-1

The dangers for Black
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Those Queen side pawns
Boleslavsky vs Botvinnik, 1943 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 89 moves, 1/2-1/2

Max Euwe and the Open Defence
Boleslavsky vs Euwe, 1946 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 0-1

A game all open defence players should know
O Chajes vs Tarrasch, 1923 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 44 moves, 0-1

Svidler's novelty
Svidler vs Anand, 1999 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

A rarely played variation that gives Black a nice ending
A Vajda vs Euwe, 1921
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 50 moves, 0-1

Old games can give new ideas
S R Wolf vs Gruenfeld, 1913
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 55 moves, 0-1

Tal plays the Open Defence
Sax vs Tal, 1979 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 52 moves, 0-1

Playing for the end game
Svidler vs Anand, 2004 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Is it really so easy ?
P Jaracz vs Krasenkow, 2001 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 29 moves, 0-1

End Game Options
Dolmatov vs Yusupov, 1991 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 61 moves, 1-0

Central Pons (Pawns)
Karjakin vs F Vallejo Pons, 2006 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 34 moves, 0-1

Father Time
Stellwagen vs Korchnoi, 2008 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 74 moves, 0-1

Open up the pearly gates
Lasker vs Rubinstein, 1914 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 66 moves, 1-0

Bronstein schools Korchnoi
Bronstein vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 39 moves, 1-0

Accepting the Knight
Shirov vs Anand, 2004 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

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