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Paul Keres vs Wolfgang Unzicker
Zurich (1959), Zurich SUI, rd 10, May-31
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1-0



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Dec-27-04  WhoKeres: A textbook demolition of the Open Ruy Lopez by Keres against today's player of the day. A question for the forum is who was the greatest practitioner of the Ruy Lopez? Keres and Unzicker would both be candidates, as well as Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Gligoric, and Tarrasch. Personally, I favor Keres as he was an expert on both sides of the Ruy. Am I missing anyone?
Dec-27-04  Whitehat1963: You might want to include Capablanca on your short list. Take a look at his record and his list of victims when he plays the Ruy Lopez, it's incredible! Here's his only loss in 72 games: Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 And it took the reigning world champ to pull it off. And here's a great example of his skill in the the opening: Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918
Dec-27-04  Whitehat1963: I'd also hate to face Anand, Polgar, Shirov and Ivanchuk across a Ruy Lopez.
Dec-27-04  tomh72000: I'm surprised Alekhine has not been suggested yet.
Dec-27-04  Whitehat1963: Not exactly a staggering record with the Ruy Lopez. Here are his 33 losses:

Compare that to Capa's record.

Dec-27-04  Whitehat1963: Rubinstein apparently felt pretty comfortable on the black side of a Ruy Lopez. Wouldn't want to face him either.
Dec-27-04  ughaibu: Have a glance at the kibitzing here: Fischer vs Unzicker, 1970
Dec-27-04  WhoKeres: Good posts, Whitehat1963 and ughaibu. I agree with Capa being on the list, especially for the games you mentioned. I think Alekhine was known more as a d-pawn player with white. He did play into the Ruy Lopez a lot as black, and cretaed some intereetsing defensive ideas. He was also crushed a few times like in Fine-Alekhine, AVRO 1938: Fine vs Alekhine, 1938
Oct-01-10  ozmikey: This game deserves an R rating - the Open Ruy gets brutally rogered. Unzicker should probably have kept his knight for the defence of the king-side rather than forcing the bishop to where it wants to go on move 14...after the subsequent weakening of the dark squares around Black's king, it's probably already too late to rescue the game.
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  zydeco: The computer like 20....Na3 trading off the dangerous bishop.

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