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Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation (C76)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 d6 5 c3 Bd7 6 d4 g6

Number of games in database: 487
Years covered: 1894 to 2020
Overall record:
   White wins 34.7%
   Black wins 23.2%
   Draws 42.1%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Isaac Boleslavsky  6 games
Efim Geller  6 games
Georgi Tringov  5 games
Vasily Smyslov  18 games
Miroslav Filip  16 games
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Karpov vs Spassky, 1986
Bronstein vs Nezhmetdinov, 1957
Karjakin vs Mamedyarov, 2006
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929
Gligoric vs F Olafsson, 1958
Svidler vs Kamsky, 2007
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 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 487  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J W Baird vs Janowski  1-06118949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
2. Teichmann vs J Mieses  1-0391895Mieses - TeichmannC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
3. Showalter vs H E Atkins  1-04518994th Anglo-American Cable MatchC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
4. R C MacDonald vs Jones  0-1691927ENG-ch corrC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
5. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine 0-1391929Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship MatchC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
6. Yates vs G A Thomas  ½-½501930ScarboroughC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
7. Yates vs A Gromer  0-1461931Prague OlympiadC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
8. L Steiner vs Stoltz  ½-½611931Prague OlympiadC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
9. Kashdan vs Flohr 0-1651931BledC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
10. Eliskases vs K Treybal 1-0441936PodebradyC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
11. L Steiner vs G A Thomas  1-0561936PodebradyC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
12. H W Felderhof vs A S Rocha  0-1701936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
13. H W Felderhof vs R Krogius  1-0341936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
14. D Rovner vs Kotov  1-0571938Trade UnionsC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
15. D Rovner vs L Guldin ½-½621939Leningrad chC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
16. Capablanca vs G A Thomas 1-0391939MargateC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
17. R Keller vs Kieninger  1-0791939German ChampionshipC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
18. Yanofsky vs G A Thomas  ½-½451939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
19. V Makogonov vs Flohr 1-0411942Baku mC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
20. A Ingelmo vs Saemisch  1-0371943MadridC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
21. Ravinsky vs Bronstein ½-½411944USSR ChampionshipC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
22. B Simonovic vs D Andric  1-0381946YUG-ch Semifinal EastC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
23. D Armstrong vs M E Goldstein  0-1441947New South Wales ChC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
24. C Toerber vs Saemisch  1-0261947LueneburgC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
25. H Malmgren vs G Wood  1-03119501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-13-04  chess player matt: this is my fav black defence to the ruy
Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Open Defence: I think this line offers a lot of promise, not many e4 players prepare for it and the results are encouraging, I see Valery Salov used to employ this line, know of any other active top GMs (though Salov currently is not active or top) that employ this line ?
Feb-02-05  e4Newman: I'm amazed that I've never come up against such a defense. Especially in the club curcuit where you seem to get all sorts of crazy lines. As a Lopez player, I'd love to hear some more feedback on this system. At first glance, black's f-pawn looks pretty tempting.

I noticed Nigel Short has 8 games in the database as both white (3) and black (5). 7 draws, 1 loss as black.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

There are some notable opponents in that list.

Feb-02-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Open Defence: <e4newman> spot on! the f pawn is backward and the f7 square (weakest square for black) also is made slightly weaker

However, from the games I don't see that as a fatal handicap for Black, may be more research would bring this out, my gut feel is that Black can get a better hold on the center.

I think the real worry for Black is the Q-side, I see White getting some passers there

Feb-03-05  e4Newman: Defensively speaking for white, black's fianchettoed bishop can easily be stopped as long as the centre is kept closed via a move such as d5, which also gains a tempo by attacking black's knight.

<Open Defense> Your idea of mobilizing the q-side pawns sounds very tempting.

Feb-03-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Open Defence: <e4> I'm flattered when you say it's my idea to mobilize q-side pawns, hehehe I just see it in the games played :-)

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