1. e4 Games For White and Black.
1. Giuoco Piano - "No Brainer" Lopez - 7 Example Games
You can get a middle game position typical of a closed Ruy Lopez from this opening. It avoids needing to learn Ruy Lopez lines like the Berlin, Open, Schliemann, Zaitsev, Marshall, and others. Here are key points to remember:
___A. Pawn to c3 supports an eventual pawn push to d4 creates a home for the bishop on c2.
___B. Play d3 as soon as you see ..Nf6.
___C. When Black plays ..a6, you must play Bb3. Otherwise Black plays ..Na5, attacks the bishop, and wins the two bishop advantage.
___D. If Black plays ..Na5 after you have played Bb3, then the bishop can escape to c2.
___E. If Black plays ..Na5 before playing ..a6, then you can play Bb5.
___F. Play h3 so you can play Re1. The move h3 stops ..Ng4 by Black, hitting f2.
___G. Nbd2 is played early to help support e4. The classic Ruy Lopez maneuver Nb1-Nbd2-Nf1 is often played. From f1, the knight can go to g3 or e3.
___H. It is OK, in fact often good, to delay castling to finish your knight maneuver to g3. The king is safe.
___I. If Black plays ..d5 to get at you uncastled king, then Qe2 defends quite well.
___J. Sometimes players like to exchange off Black's active bishop on a7 by playing Be3. The knight on f1 jumps into an active position after the exchange.
___K. If Black fails to play a pawn break to d5, then White can play a pawn break to d4 his pieces well placed.
2. Play the Philidor Defense, Exchange Variation - The closest thing to a "No Brainer" defense - 3 example games
3. Play the Modern Steinitz Against the Ruy Lopez - 5 Example Games.
4. Defend Against 1.e4 with Giuoco Piano - 5 Example Games.
5. Defend Against 1.e4 Scotch - 2 Example Games
6. White Against The Petrov - 2 Example Games
7. White plays the Scotch - 5 Example Games
8. White playes the Spanish Four Knights - 6 Example Games
9. Check out the ..e6 Sicilians. Especially the Sicilian Kan example games, traps to avoid, and tricks to know.