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Ruy Lopez (C87)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Be7 6 Re1 d6

Number of games in database: 730
Years covered: 1864 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 41.0%
   Black wins 20.3%
   Draws 38.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Paul Keres  9 games
Geza Maroczy  8 games
Emanuel Lasker  8 games
Oleg Romanishin  31 games
Arshak B Petrosian  22 games
David Janowski  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Geller vs Keres, 1973
Capablanca vs R T Black, 1916
Tal vs A Bannik, 1962
Y Kots vs Spassky, 1961
C F Tears vs G Flum, 1965
Keres vs Reshevsky, 1963
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 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 730  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Knorre vs Paulsen 1-0351864BerlinC87 Ruy Lopez
2. J W te Kolste vs W Meiners  0-134190129th DCA Congress, HaarlemC87 Ruy Lopez
3. B Leussen vs N Mannheimer  ½-½45190129th DCA Congress, HaarlemC87 Ruy Lopez
4. Olland vs D Bleijkmans  1-063190129th DCA Congress, HaarlemC87 Ruy Lopez
5. Olland vs N Mannheimer  1-043190129th DCA Congress, HaarlemC87 Ruy Lopez
6. B Leussen vs V Tabunshchikov  1-0551902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC87 Ruy Lopez
7. Janowski vs Schlechter 1-0341902Schlechter - JanowskiC87 Ruy Lopez
8. Maroczy vs Taubenhaus 0-1461903Monte CarloC87 Ruy Lopez
9. Tarrasch vs H Wolf 1-0571903Monte CarloC87 Ruy Lopez
10. Maroczy vs G Marco 1-0251903Monte CarloC87 Ruy Lopez
11. Teichmann vs G Marco 1-0411903Monte CarloC87 Ruy Lopez
12. Maroczy vs Teichmann  ½-½321903Monte CarloC87 Ruy Lopez
13. Taubenhaus vs G Marco  ½-½341903Monte CarloC87 Ruy Lopez
14. Teichmann vs H Wolf ½-½361903Monte CarloC87 Ruy Lopez
15. M Lange vs C Trimborn  1-049190331st DCA Congress, HilversumC87 Ruy Lopez
16. M Lange vs P S Leonhardt  0-136190331st DCA Congress, HilversumC87 Ruy Lopez
17. J W te Kolste vs W Meiners ½-½85190331st DCA Congress, HilversumC87 Ruy Lopez
18. Taubenhaus vs Janowski 0-1651903Janowski - TaubenhausC87 Ruy Lopez
19. Taubenhaus vs Janowski ½-½371903Janowski - TaubenhausC87 Ruy Lopez
20. Taubenhaus vs Janowski  0-1761903Janowski - TaubenhausC87 Ruy Lopez
21. Taubenhaus vs Janowski  0-1501903Janowski - TaubenhausC87 Ruy Lopez
22. G Schories vs P S Leonhardt  1-0351904London m4C87 Ruy Lopez
23. A Neumann vs D Przepiorka 1-0451904ViennaC87 Ruy Lopez
24. T F Lawrence vs Janowski 0-1431904Cambridge SpringsC87 Ruy Lopez
25. A Hodges vs Showalter ½-½421904Cambridge SpringsC87 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-14-04  Knight13: I can't believe there are no kibizing here. Lots of people play this opening in Ruy Lopez all right.
Nov-15-04  refutor: not many without ...b5
Nov-16-04  Knight13: If Black play ...b5, then Bb3 as usual. If Black don't, white would be likely to play c3, defending the ...b5 move.
Nov-19-04  refutor: what i was saying is that not many ruy lopezes are without ...b5, which is what C87 is, which is why no one has kibitzed on it
Jan-15-05  Helloween: I have been playing this recently. I recently discovered that my repetoire, unbeknownst to me, uses a striking amount of lines that Oleg Romanishin plays.
May-27-06  ltsiros: Anyone knows if White is OK in this line?

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.O-O Bg4 6.c3 Nf6 7.Re1 Be7 8.d4 b5 9.Bc2 exd4

I continued:

10.cxd4 Bxf3 11.gxf3 O-O 12.Kh1 d5 13.Rg1

With good attacking chances, and lost due to a blunder.

Any comments appreciated!


Feb-14-09  freeman8201: This line is a delayed Steinitz? Black waits for White to 0-0 then plays d6

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