For 1.e4 players, the most principled choice after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 has always been the Ruy Lopez with 3.Bb5.
As the World Championship unfolded between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin, we couldn’t help but notice that the Ruy Lopez opening, (also known as the Spanish) continues to be the preferred method of attack and defense at the elite level.
One of the oldest and most trusted openings, it originated in Spain by Ruy Lopez de Segura in 1561, and since then has always had a prominent role in the world of top-level chess.
For beginners, playing the Italian game aggressively might be the way to go until a certain level of tactical mastery is achieved.
At some point in a chess player’s career, he needs to try and master positional play a bit better and for that purpose, the Ruy Lopez fits the bill. It is commonly believed that once the master level is reached, the Ruy offers the best chances for white to gain an opening advantage in the double king pawn openings (1.e4 e5).
In this video series, ICC’s Best of the Ruy Lopez, we searched ICC’s video library for the best instructional videos and created a compilation on this super popular opening. Mastering this opening doesn’t just improve your opening finesse, it improves your chess ability as a whole. You will learn all the key ideas, positional considerations and attacking chances from some of the most popular variations of this classical opening.
But that’s not all! We also added a bonus section on 1.e4 e5 openings. As an e4 player, you should be familiar with other openings that arise after 1.e4 e5, including the Scotch, the Vienna, the Two knights and more.
In this compilation, you’ll cover some of the best videos on the Ruy Lopez and 1.e4 e5 openings, from some of ICC´s most reputed analysists. Discover how to play the super versatile Breyer Variation, the solid Closed Variation, or the tactical Marshall Attack, the Two knights and even the famous Fried Liver Attack!
With better comprehension of this opening you will outplay your opponents time and time again. Check out “ICC´s Best of the Ruy Lopez + 1.e4 e5” and become a better chess player.
Included in this series: 36 hours, 17 minutes:
From GM Ronen Har-Zvi:
Ruy Lopez: Breyer Variation (5 part series)
Ruy Lopez: Archangel Variation (6 part series)
Ruy Lopez: Delayed Exchange (5 part series)
Ruy Lopez: Marshall Attack (10 part series)
e4 e5 openings: Scotch Opening (10 part series)
e4 e5 openings: Vienna Game (1 part)
From GM Boris Alterman:
Ruy Lopez: Marshall Gambit (2 part series)
Ruy Lopez: Cordel Gambit (2 part series)
Ruy Lopez: Riga Variation (2 part series)
Ruy Lopez: Siesta Variation (2 part series)
Ruy Lopez: Janisch Gambit (2 part series)
Ruy Lopez: Hector Gambit (3 part series)
e4 e5 openings: Knight’s Rubenstein (3 Part series)
e4 e5 openings: Urusov Gambit (2 part series)
e4 e5 openings: Falkbeer Counter Gambit (3 Part series)
e4 e5 openings: Two Knights: Chigorin Gambit (4 Part series)
e4 e5 openings: Two Knights: Fried Liver Attack (2 part series)
e4 e5 openings: Two Knights: Traxler counter-attack (3 Part series)
From NM Dan Heisman:
The Closed Ruy Lopez (2 part series)
Game analysis (2 part series)
e4 e5 openings: Two knights defense: Fried Liver Attack (1 part series)
From GM Larry Christiansen:
Game analysis (3 part series)