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The Ruy Lopez: A Guide for Black [Paperback]

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The Ruy Lopez (or Spanish Opening) is one of the critical chess battlegrounds. It has long been recommended as an excellent chess opening for training purposes, as it leads to a wide variety of structures and strategies. This book is a complete guide to handling the black side of the Lopez, based principally around the Zaitsev Variation, upon which Anatoly Karpov relied during much of his career. This line leads to sharp play, often in open battles where Black gains active counterplay and challenges White to seize the initiative on the kingside. The authors explain in detail how Black can weather the storm. They also explain how Black can handle the practical problem of the Ng5 repetition, and recommend reliable procedures against White's other options in the Lopez, starting off with the Exchange Variation, and moving on to a variety of closed systems. Throughout, the emphasis is on what readers actually need to know and understand in order to play the opening successfully in practice. There is a great deal of explanation of important ideas, and the authors take pains to guide their readers away from potential pitfalls.

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Pages   207
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 30, 2007
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1904600670  
ISBN13  9781904600671  

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Accessible and thorough  Aug 5, 2008
This is a very well written book that targets mortals without dumbing down. It has tons of strategic commentary, great detailed coverage of the lines, repertoire alternatives - generally excellent. The Spanish is a big opening and you could probably get by on this book alone if you are a class player. The author really tries to convey the feeling of the opening.

The Zaitsev might not be to everyone's taste (very tactical, some required memorization), but you could still play their related, but more manageable alternative suggestion. And even if you picked another Closed Spanish you would benefit from the general Spanish advice.

While I ultimately decided against playing the Spanish as Black (because of all the other 1..e5 flotsam) I learned alot from a single read and would feel comfortable using this book as a guide. If you choose to play it though and are ambitious, consider also the absolutely breathtaking, somewhat less accessible and extremely demanding Spanish Repertoire for Black by Mihail Marin (focuses on a different line - the Rubinstein sub-variation of the Chigorin). Wasted on me, but it has no peer.
I am happy with this book  Oct 10, 2007
I wanted to change from playing the Sicilian Defense as Black against 1.e4 This book has helped me. I have lost many games on the black side of a Ruy Lopez, but after I purchased this Book things have changed. This book will teach mainly the Zaitsev Variation of the Ruy Lopez. The book has two chapters on the Exchange variation. The book shows what you can do if White tries to avoid the Zaitsev Variation and more. I now play the Black side of the Lopez with no problems. Yes, I'm winning games now even when White avoids the Zaitsev. This is a good book if you want to learn the black side of the Ruy Lopez.

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