The Ruy Lopez Part 1 – GM Damian Lemos

Steinitz Defense exd4

The Berlin h3 Nd7


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The Ruy Lopez Part 1 – Deep Dive Vol. 17

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Every World Champion played it. AlphaZero rediscovered it and quickly made it its favorite e4 opening.

Named nearly 500 years ago by a Spanish priest, the Ruy Lopez is THE classical chess opening.

If you don’t study it, you might never hit your true chess potential.

Sound over-the-top?

Mikhail Botvinnik claimed that the only reason the great Polugaevsky never challenged for the World Championship was because he didn’t play the Ruy Lopez, and so didn’t master positional play.

Due to the extension of the theory, this work focuses on all the lines after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 and black doesn’t play 3…a6. Lines with 3…a6 will be covered in Part 2, coming later.

Over 7 hours of training with Damian will redefine your Spanish Opening repertoire and will get you ready to play for an advantage against all kinds of rivals.

Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.

In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.

The Ruy Lopez – Sidelines

As it is always the case in GM Lemos courses, he extensively covers the main sidelines that you can run into while polishing your opening repertoire.

So you don’t have to fear whether your rival plays 3…Bc5, 3…Bb4, 3…Nd4, 3…g6, 3…Nge7 or 3…f5, as GM Lemos will show you how to counter these “surprise” weapons with strong and energetic play!

That definitely sounds like a lot of work put in the board but he just made it easier for you, as the patterns, motifs and piece routes that you will see in this Deep Dive will help you to have a better overall understanding of the opening.

The Ruy Lopez – Black Plays 3…d6

The Steinitz Variation of the Ruy Lopez comes to the board after Black plays 3…d6. It was played with success by three of the greatest World Champions, Wilhelm Steinitz, Emanuel Lasker, and Jose Raul Capablanca.

The Steinitz Defense (also called the Old Steinitz Defense), is solid but passive and cramped. Although it was the favorite of the first world champion Wilhelm Steinitz, it largely fell into disuse after the 1st World War, as its inherent passivity spurred a search for more active means of defending against the Spanish. 

The most logical way to continue is to answer d6 with d4 and black has two different answers to this move, 4…Bxd4 and 4…Bd7, both variations, of course, are the focus of this chapter in The Ruy Lopez Deep Dive.

Content Outline

GM Damian Lemos

  • Chapter 1: Black plays 3…d6 The Steinitz Defense

    Part 1 Black plays 4…exd4

    Part 2 Black plays 4…Bd7

    Chapter 2: Sidelines

    Part 1 Black Plays 3…Bc5

    Part 2 Black Plays 3…Bb4

    Part 3 Black Plays 3…Nd4

    Part 4 Black Plays 3…g6

    Part 5 Black Plays 3…Nge7

    Part 6 Black Plays 3…f5

  • Chapter 3: The Berlin Wall 4.d3 Bc5

    Part 1 Main line and 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 Introduction

    Part 2 6.Qe2 Qe7

    Part 3 6.h3 Be6

    Part 4 6.h3 Nd7

    Part 5 6.Nbd2 0-0 7.Qe2

    Chapter 4: The Berlin Wall 4.d3 d6

    Part 1 4.d3 d6 5.0-0 g6

    Part 2 4.d3 d6 5.0-0 Bd7

    Part 3 4.d3 d6 5.0-0 Ae7


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