While volume 1 covered things like the Steinitz (3…d6) and Berlin (3…Nf6), volume 2 shows you how to play everything after 3…a6. This repertoire is the result of months of hard work… Hand-selecting the most instructive games, the best examples of attacking play, searching databases for little-known ideas, and doing deep engine analysis to verify the accuracy of the recommended moves.
The Ruy Lopez Vol 1
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.
Mikhail Botvinnik claimed that the only reason the great Polugaevsky never challenged for the World Championship was that 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.
The Ruy Lopez Vol 2
After locking himself in his study for a few months of repertoire research and analysis, he emerged a few days ago, bleary-eyed but smiling.
And he was not empty-handed!
Cradled under his arm like a newborn baby was his trusty laptop, filled with the files for Part 2 of his Deep Dive into THE classic chess opening, the Ruy Lopez.
And GM Lemos has combined theory with instructive games so you get to see how our opening lines affect the middlegame.
Is this course for me?
Almost all the strategical and tactical motifs can appear once you play the Ruy Lopez. Learn how to play the Ruy Lopez well and you’re not just learning an opening, you’re learning chess.
Here’s what you are going to learn:
Vol 1. Black doesn’t play 3..a6
The Ruy Lopez – Sidelines
As 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 on 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…exd4 and 4…Bd7, both variations, of course, are the focus of this chapter in The Ruy Lopez Deep Dive.
The Ruy Lopez – Black Plays 3…Nf6
The Berlin Defense, 3…Nf6 has had a reputation for solidity and drawish-ness for a long time, and is commonly referred to as “the Berlin Wall”.
Ever since Vladimir Kramnik successfully used the line as a neutralizing weapon against Garry Kasparov in their 2000 World Chess Championship match, the Berlin has experienced a remarkable renaissance.
GM Damian Lemos recommends 4.d3 as an important alternative for White, known as the Anti-Berlin, which avoids the notorious Berlin endgame. Wilhelm Steinitz scored many spectacular successes with it during his reign as World Champion.
The main replies for Black are 4…d6 and 4…Bc5, being the last one the more popular.
GM Damian Lemos will show you everything you need to know in order to understand these positions and play the Ruy Lopez ready to face any of these lines.
Vol 2. Black plays 3..a6
While volume 1 covered things like the Steinitz (3…d6) and Berlin (3…Nf6), volume 2 shows you how to play everything after 3…a6.
This repertoire follows a consistent logic, making it easier to know how to continue if Black plays something unexpected.
- Tricks and Traps. We don’t play for traps… but some of our lines are going to tempt Black into expensive mistakes! Few will be able to resist the Noah’s Ark Trap with …c5, planning …c4 here (diagram) – but Bxf7+ wins the game!
- The Price of the Spanish Bishop. Our light-squared bishop is our most valuable minor piece and we don’t give it up easily. However, every man has his price and we refer to a Kasparov World Championship game to see when and why we should cash in.
- Stomping the Schliemann. The Schliemann (…f5) is one of those lines where Black can cause chaos… but White gets a definite advantage with accurate play. The key move to remember is the counter 5.d4! And we cover the critical lines in chapters 2 and 3.
Redefine your opening play today!
The Ruy Lopez Vol 1
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 Mainline 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
The Ruy Lopez Vol 2
Chapter 1: Introduction and 4..b5 with 5..Na5
Chapter 2: The Schliemann Gambit, Part 1
Chapter 3: The Schliemann Gambit, Part 2
Chapter 4: The Deferred Steinitz, Part 1
Chapter 5: The Deferred Steinitz, Part 2
Chapter 6: The Deferred Steinitz, Part 3
Chapter 7: Black Plays 4..Nge7, Part 1
Chapter 8: Black Plays 4..Nge7, Part 2
Chapter 9: Black Plays 4..Nge7, Part 3
Chapter 10: Black Plays 4..g6
Chapter 11: Main Line 4..Nf6, Part 1
Chapter 12: Main Line 4..Nf6, Part 2
Chapter 13: Main Line 4..Nf6, Part 3
Chapter 14: Main Line 4..Nf6, Part 4
Chapter 15: Main Line 4..Nf6, Part 5
Chapter 16: Recap
This repertoire is the result of months of hard work…
Hand-selecting the most instructive games, the best examples of attacking play, searching databases for little-known ideas, and doing deep engine analysis to verify the accuracy of the recommended moves.
What you get is an opening repertoire that feels right and you can play with confidence against any level of opposition.
The course is 6 hours long, GM Lemos has included the annotated PGNs, plus a PDF summary.
Enjoy this course!
About the Author:
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.
By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.