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In this book on the Ruy Lopez (1.e4,e5; 2.Nf3,Nc6; 3.Bb5) Grandmaster Neil McDonald hopes to deepen the reader's positional understanding by examining and explaining the key ideas for both sides in this distinguished opening.
By studying every move of 44 key games, using a question and answer style of presentation, the reader is invited to develop a keen understanding of the fundamental strategies of the Ruy Lopez; enabling him or her to play the opening from either side.
McDonald shares his experience and knowledge of the Lopez, examines the main ideas for both sides and offers answers to the key questions.
The book includes chapters on lines where White plays d2-d3, d2-d4, Black's ..Bc5 defences, the Berlin Defence and various gambit lines, with a view to understanding pawn structures and middlegame plans as well as the opening few moves. The Exchange Variation (4.Bxc6) is not included. The book contains indexes both of variations and of games.
"Move by Move" is a new series which provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the "Move by Move" format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.
Published 2011, softback, 317 pages.