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Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense (C74)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 d6 5 c3

Number of games in database: 394
Years covered: 1892 to 2020
Overall record:
   White wins 38.8%
   Black wins 27.2%
   Draws 34.0%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Mikhail Tal  5 games
Vasily Smyslov  4 games
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  4 games
Svetozar Gligoric  11 games
Anatoly S Lutikov  5 games
Valeri Yandemirov  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Anand vs Yusupov, 1994
Tal vs Averbakh, 1959
A Csonka vs T Upton, 2009
Reti vs Capablanca, 1928
Euwe vs Keres, 1948
E Steiner vs Capablanca, 1928
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 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 394  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Walbrodt vs Von Scheve  ½-½221892DSB-07.KongressC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
2. K Walbrodt vs Alapin  1-0371892DresdenC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
3. K Walbrodt vs Von Scheve  ½-½221892DSB-07.KongressC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. K Walbrodt vs Alapin  1-0371892DSB-07.KongressC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
5. Janowski vs F Malthan 0-1441894CC Int TtC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
6. J Mason vs Teichmann 0-12418949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. A Zinkl vs Blackburne  0-1461897BerlinC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
8. Showalter vs E Hymes  1-0531900New YorkC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. O C Mueller vs A Curnock  1-0411904LondonC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
10. H Wolf vs Spielmann  ½-½301906OstendC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. P W Fairweather vs G Schories 0-1281906BCF-ch 3rd First ClassC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
12. J C Eppens vs L Uedemann  0-14119067th Western Championship (Final)C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
13. H M Phillips vs E B Heal 1-0331909Rice CC - Brooklyn CC mC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
14. Lasker vs Willigerode 0-1501909Simul, 31bC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
15. Capablanca vs Marshall ½-½311909Capablanca - MarshallC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
16. Z Barasz vs M Lowcki  ½-½701912Bad PistyanC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
17. C Jaffe vs Kupchik  0-1611913HavanaC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
18. A B Bruce vs E F Korkus  0-1401914C.H.Y.P. tournamentC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
19. R T Black vs Janowski  1-0961918New YorkC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
20. Alekhine vs C Amar 1-0241923Blindfold simul, 12bC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
21. C Duffield vs E Spencer  ½-½581924WestonC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. H Saunders vs E Spencer  1-0261924BCF-ch 17thC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
23. Bolonin vs Panow 0-1101925MoscowC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. Spielmann vs K Treybal 1-0501926SemmeringC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. E Steiner vs Capablanca 0-1671928BudapestC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-31-06  hayton3: No comments on the Siesta Variation (5.c3 f5)? Not exactly the quietest method of combating White in the Ruy, it is a sharp and fairly sound method that can catch White napping :)
Jan-25-09  spirosgr: indeed :
[Event "Ikaros Open 2006"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2006.07.15"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C74"]
[WhiteElo "1850"]
[BlackElo "2127"]
[PlyCount "78"]
[EventDate "2006.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. c3 f5 6. d4 (book writes 6. exf5 Bxf5 7. O-O Bd3 8. Re1 Be7) 6... fxe4 7. Ng5 Bf5 8. Qb3 Nge7 9. Qf7+ Kd7 10. d5 b5 11. dxc6+ Kxc6 12. Bc2 d5 13. Qh5 Kb7 14. Qe2 Qe8 15. f3 exf3 16. Nxf3 Bxc2 17. Qxc2 e4 18. Nd4 c5 19. Ne2 Nc6 20. Be3 Rd8 21. Bg5 Rd7 22. O-O d4 23. Ng3 h6 24. Bc1 e3 25. Qd3 c4 26.


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Qe2 ( ? white could keep initiative 26. Qf5 e2 27. Nxe2 g6 (27... Qxe2 28. Qxd7+) 28. Qh3 d3 29. Ng3 Bc5+ 30. Kh1 Rf8 31. Nd2 Rxf1+ 32. Ndxf1 Re7 33. Bd2 h5 34. b4 Bb6 ( 34... cxb3 35. axb3 Qf7 36. Bg5 Re5 37. b4) 35. a4 Qf7 36. a5) 26... Bc5 27. Qf3 d3 28. Ne4 Qxe4 29. Qxe4 e2+ 30. Be3 exf1=Q+ 31. Kxf1 Rf8+ 32. Kg1 Re7 33. Bxc5 Rxe4 34. Bxf8 Re1+ 35. Kf2 d2 36. Nxd2 Rxa1 37. Bxg7 h5 38. Kg3 Rxa2 39. Kh4 Rxb2 0-1

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