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Fighting the Ruy Lopez book. Read reviews from world's largest community for readers. The Ruy Lopez is incredibly common at all levels of chess, and ever. The Zaitsev System. Fresh Ideas and New Weapons for Black in the Ruy Lopez . I've been playing the Zaitsev Ruy Lopez with both colours for my entire chess career. Naturally allowed him to fight for the initiative by 22 ♘dc5! (in the. Milos Pavlovic Sample pages (pdf) Everyone who plays 1.e4,e5; as Black needs to have a reliable antidote to the Ruy Lopez or Spanish Opening. In this book.
The threat to win the e-pawn is more important than actually capturing the pawn, which does not work right away. The bishop is forced to decide on a plan of action, and if it retains the pull on the knight with 4. Ba4, then Black has the option of Ba4 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. Nxe5 Qd4 and Black wins back the pawn. Nf6 Black develops and attacks the e-pawn. Black could capture the pawn, but it gets complicated since White has more development and the e-file would become open.
Be7 Black develops the bishop and prepares to castle. Re1 White defends the e-pawn now. Black was probably threatening to take the epawn since Black is better developed than on the previous move.
Bb3 White sensibly retreats. Black has several choices and play is usually more positional than in the Marshall Attack.
However, there are also alternatives, called Anti-Marshall Variations. I have to include them, because they are important and a strong reason that many players avoid the Marshall since there are several sidelines. Let's take a quick look. It jostles the queenside up, restraining Black's idea of He recently played in the Candidates Matches for the World Championship so it seemed good to recommend his system against 8. Worth noting is that I have not seen a top game where Black ever played Probably it is considered a waste of time and not a big deal if White gets in a5.
With Rb8 Black moves on the open b-file and does not capture on c3 right away, which would dissolve the pressure on White's queenside and allow bxc3-d4. Nbd2 Re8 This looks okay for Black.
Black is not looking at breaking on the kingside, because White's d4and e5-pawns point there, so Nxd4 Black immediately simplifies in the center rather than holding back with Nxd4 exd4 Qxd4 Bb7 Black is sitting on the back rows for a moment but will be able to get out in a few moves. Bf4 c5 Qe3 d5. Black equalizes with this simplifying thrust.
Nd2 Qc7 Be5 Bxe5 Qxe5 Qc6 Nc4 Nxc4 Bxc4 Rae8 Qf4 a5 Rxe1 Qd5 Bc4 Qf5 Qc7 Be6 Bxe6 fxe6 Re4 Qd5 Kh2 h6 Qxc5 Rxf3 Qxe6 Rf2 Rg4 Qxc3 Nbd2 Qc8 This move is interesting. The queen can either go to the queenside or stay in the middle, and the black rook may come to d8. Bc4 Nc4 has been getting a bad rap recently. Rb8 Nxd4 Nxd4 Bxd4 Rb5 Qxd4 Re5 Qd3 Nf6 Bxa6 Qa8 Black won later playing a great game.
Re8 Bb2 h6 Nf1 g6 Ne3 Bg7 Black is very solid and White always has the apawn to worry about in an endgame.
This was played in a game between Ruslan Ponomariov and Levon Aronian. Aronian is such a talented guy, who, although he was knocked out of the Candidates Matches, has been having tremendous results.
Qxf3 Bg4 Qg3 Bd6 Qh4 Re8 and White is having problems with development. Qf3 Rb8 Bc4 Ne8 Bf4 Bf6 Nd2 Bxb2 Rab1 Bc3 I like how unbalanced the position has become. Bg5 Bf6 Rxe8 Rxe8 Ne4 Rxe4 Bxf6 Qxf6 Qxf6 gxf6 Kxg2 Ke7 Rd1 , Ponomariov,R-Aronian, Moscow If Black goes ahead with Qh4 would not threaten checkmate, as we will see in the actual Marshall Attack.
Bb7 9. Ba2 c5 Nf1 Bc8 Qb3 Rfb8 Ng3 a5 Be3 Ne8 Red1 Nc7 Qc4 Na6 Bxd4 Rc8 Qb3 Bf8 Nf5 Qf7 Rxd4 Rc3 Qd1 Rxg3 Nbd2 Bf8 Nf1 d5 Bc5 is another choice that leads to a sharp game. Bc5 a little edgy is that Black does have pressure on the center now however. Bb6 Bg5 h6 Bh4 exd4 Bg3 g4 Bh4 Nxd4 Aronian lost but he had improvements that would have at least equalized Nxd4 I like this active move the best.
Qxd4 d6 This move is very logical, attacking the pawn that is crowding Black. Nd2 c5 Qe3 dxe5 Qxe5 Bd6 Nxc3 d6 Qf3 Be6 Nd5 Rc8 Bf4 dxe5 Bxe5 Bd6 Qxe7 Bxe5 Nd6 White has definite compensation for the pawn but Black is fine. Let's see how a top level game ended. Qc3 Qg5 Qc6 Nf7 Bg3 e5 Rac1 Qf6 Rc2 h5 Rc6 Kg7 Kh2 Rd6 Rc5 Re6 Bxe5 fxe5 Kg3 Kf6 Kf3 c6 Rec1 Rd6 R1c4 Kf5 Ke4 Rg8 Ke3 Ke6 Rxc6 Rxc6 Rxf7 Nxe5 Rf8.
Black has no choice since moving the knight on d4 does not work. Nc6 Nxf7 Kxf7 Re3; Ne6 Qxd4 c5 Qd1 Bb7 Nc3 Qe8!? I like opening the position and having the bishop-pair. Bd5 This is an odd choice though it tops the list of alternatives to the main Anti-Marshall systems. Nxd5 9. Nc3 Bb7 Nxe5 d6 Ng4 f5 The founder of this opening plays aggressively.
Ne3 f4 Rxf2 Rxf2 Marshall's attack is not so easy. Ke2 Qg6 Kd3 Bxd5 Qe1 c5 Rc8 Kxc4 Qxc2 The bishop on b2 is now under attack. Nc3 This move looks like it can't really be bad, but it is hardly ever played because it doesn't address White's usual ideas of playing c3-d4, Nbd2f1 and so on. Be3 Na5 Black is easily equal.
Nxd4 Nxe5 Bf4 [ Qd2 Nc4 Black is much more active and developed. Bf6 Bxe5 Nf3 Bg4 Qxd5 Bxf3 Qxe5 Qh4 Rxe4 Qxe4 Qxe4 Bxe4 Bxd5 Bg4 Qd2 dxc3 Nc3 Nxc3 Bc2 h6 Be3 Na5 Nd2 White wants to cover the c4-square.
Rab8 Bxf5 Qxf5 Nf1 Nc4 Bc1 c5 Black is starting to walk all over White, and not playing particularly revolutionary moves. Ne3 Nxe3 Bxe3 c4 Black is better. It is instructional to see how Jakovenko finishes White. Rf1 Rbe8 Qf3 Re4 Ra2 Qe7 Kg2 Kh7 Rb2 Qxa3 Kh1 Rc2 Qg4 Bxg5 Kg2 Rh4 Rxe5 Rb8 Bxd1 Bb7 White has five pieces on the back row so Black is better.
Nxd5 Black recaptures and gets a knight in the center. Nxe5 Black would have a great game were it not for the hanging e5-pawn.
Even so, by taking the pawn, White is not developing any pieces and leaves the rook on e5 open to attack. Nxe5 Black takes the knight as not to lose any time. Rxe5 White now has a rook in the center, which is not where rooks usually belong.
Nf6 was Marshall's original idea but it is not as good as Re1 Ng4 The attack looks fairly strong but it does not seem to work. Qf3 Nxf2 Bd2 Qxf2 is also pretty good. Bb7 Qxb7 Nd3 Re2 Qg3 Kf1 Nf4 Rf2 Qh2 Bxf4 Bxf4 Bd6 Re1 Bf5 Black focuses on the pawn on d3 as a target. Nd2 Nf4 Bxd3 Black could recapture the pawn and make the material even, but it might be better to keep up the pressure. Nf3 Bg6 Ne4 Nxd3 Nxd6 Qxd6 This lets Black basically take over. Qg6 Now material is even and Black is just much better.
Rf1 Nxb2 Qd2 Nd3 A2 Qf3 Qh4 Bxd5 Nd2 Development is too slow in this situation. Rae8 Ne4 Bg4 Kxg2 f5 This does not actually win a piece because the knight on d5 is pinned after White recaptures dxe4.
However White has weakened his king position and kingside pawns very much. Bf4 Now the rook on e1 is protected and the pin on the e4-knight is broken. Bxf4 Kg3 g5 A2a Bf4 This is a developing move but it gives the pawn back. Qxf4 Bxd3 Nd2 Rfe8 with equality. A2b Qxd5 Rad8 This transposes to the main line with the moves a4, ChessPublishing says this doesn't make a difference for the main line.
A2c Be3 This developing move makes more sense than Bxd3 Qxd5 So White did not actually give back the pawn. However Black is more active and White still has not developed on the queenside.
Rad8 Qg2 Qf3 Rfe8 Nd2 Qf5 Black no longer holds out for an attack but goes to an endgame where the bishop-pair are enough to offset the pawn deficit. Qxf5 Bxf5 Bd4 f6 Ne4 Bc7 Kf2 bxc3 Re2 Kf7 Rd1 h5 Bc5 Kg6 Bd4 Magnus Carlsen as White decided not to press for a win. Qf5 Nd2 Rfe8 Nf3 Be4 Nd4 Qd7 A2d Qxd5 Rad8 White has won another pawn at the cost of leaving the queenside undeveloped.
We will look at this position in the first illustrated game. Re1 This transposes after Bxd5 This is the main alternative to the alternatives to the main line. White seeks to trade material immediately since White is a pawn up.
Black gets the bishop-pair. Re3 Qf3 Bb8 Nd2 g5 Ivanov tried this violent approach and it worked out alright. Qh5 g4 Nb3 f4 Re2 Bf5 Bd2 Bd6 Rae1 Ra7 Kh1 Rg7 Nc5 Qf7 Rg6 As well, Black can play Ra8-xa2 and get in on the queenside.
Ne6 Bxe6 Rxe6 Rg6 R6e2 Rfg8 Rf1 a5 Be1 Re8 Rxe8 Kxe8 Bd2 h5 Kxg1 Ke7 Be1 Ke6 Bh4 Bc7 Kf2 Bb6 Ke2 Bc7 Bg5 Bd6 Kd3 Bc7 Kc2 Bd6 Bd8 Kd7 Bg5 Ke6 Kb1 Bc7 Ka2 Ke6 Kb2 Kf7 Kc3 Bd6 Kxc4 Ke6 Qh4 The bishop-pair count for a lot.
It was played by none other than Fischer. Nf6 Re1 Bg4 Qd3 c5 Qxd8 Raxd8 Bf4 h6 Na3 g5 Be3 Bxe3 Nc2 Re8 Ne3 Bf3 Bc2 Nd6 Bxe4 Bxe4 Kf1 Kf6 This is after all an attack. Re1 A Re2 This is awkward. Nd2 Bf5 Re1 Rae8 Qxe1 b4 Qd1 Be4 Qe2 h6 Bd1 Re8 Black is already a little better.
Qf1 Qf5 Nh4 Qd7 Be3 Nd5 Bb3 g5! Ng2 Bxg2 Qxg2 Nxe3 Qc2 Kg7 Rf1 f6 Qc4 Qe8 Brunello spends a lot of time on 4.
He points out that Black read Radjabov has been fighting to hold on in line 4. Qd3 d6 8. Qc4 and proposes that the rarely played The Gajewski variation, named for the young Polish GM Grzegorz Gajewski, is yet another example that chess is far from being played out.
He only started playing his variation in but it has caught on in a big way. Brunello devotes 62 pages to the Gajewski, offering both deeply annotated illustrative games and a theoretical analysis covering Both books focus exclusively on the Modern Marshall 1. Nxe5 Nxe5 Rxe5 c6. If you are looking for inferior Marshall Gambit Accepted sidelines like Nf6, go elsewhere.
Examining the two books closely, the following observations can be made. Pavlovic devotes more attention to Anti-Marshall lines and offers more verbal explanation while Brunello gives more analysis of main line Marshall positions.