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The Ruy Lopez is an incredibly popular opening at all levels of chess; this is perhaps unsurprising given that it's recognized by most experts as White's greatest chance of obtaining a lasting advantage after the moves 1 e4 e5. Also known as the Spanish Opening, the Lopez is steeped in rich tradition, having provided the battleground for countless clashes between World Champions of past and present: Kasparov, Fischer, Karpov, Topalov, Kramnik, Anand – the list is endless! Given its immense popularity, one issue a prospective Lopez player has to face up to is the mountain of theory that has gradually developed over the years. In this book, however, Andrew Greet circumvents this potential problem by advocating a comprehensive and yet concise repertoire for White, one that can be assimilated into an opening armoury with relative ease. He also covers thoroughly the typical tactical ideas and strategies for both White and Black, arming the reader with enough knowledge to begin playing the Ruy Lopez with confidence in his or her own games.

*Written by a Ruy Lopez expert
*All black defences are covered
*Ideal for improvers, as well as club and tournament players

Andrew Greet is a young International Master, a former British Junior Champion, and is one of the UK's most rapidly improving players. In 2005 he scored a perfect 11/11 in the British National League, the first time any player had achieved this remarkable feat. He is also an experienced coach and writes regular articles for CHESS.

Product details
Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: Everyman Chess; 1st edition (January 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1857444272
ISBN-13: 978-1857444278

Review by IM Jeremy Silman:
"At the beginning of my chess career, I first embraced the romantic Vienna Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4). However, over time I realized that the true joy of playing 1.e4 came from the evergreen Ruy Lopez (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5). Here we see stirring attacks against the enemy King, brilliant incursions into black’s queenside (usually down the a-file), and subtle positional struggles (often featuring a spatial plus and/or the battle for the squares d5 and f5). It has everything! I also learned to love the Ruy Lopez because Black can use many interesting systems, every one offering vastly different plans, structures, and ideas. It almost goes without saying that I would have never left 1.e4 for 1.d4 if I had been promised a Lopez each and every time.

Today, the Ruy Lopez is as rich as ever, offering fertile areas of investigation and endless vistas of creativity for both sides (my review of the excellent The Ruy Lopez: A Guide For Black by Sverre Johnsen and Leif Johannessen discusses some black ideas vs. the Ruy). In fact, it’s not unusual to see a player like Anand use it as White in one game and then face it as Black in the very next round.

Of course, such an important opening has seen many articles and books devoted to its secrets appear over the years. The newest in this line of Lopez studies is Play The Ruy Lopez by English IM Andrew Greet. However, this book isn’t a complete treatise of the Ruy; such a project could easily fill two thousand pages! Instead, Mr. Greet offers us a white repertoire vs. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 that’s up to date and eminently practical.

The cornerstone of Mr. Greet’s recommended handling of the Ruy Lopez is the Worrall Attack: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2. This system avoids theoretical landmines like the Marshall Attack and the Open Defense. If allowed, White will effectively follow up (after 5...b5 6.Bb3 Be7) with 7.0-0, 8.c3, 9.Rd1 with d4 to follow.

One might wonder if this line can be effective, since it seems that everyone would play the Worrall Attack if they could cut down Black’s options AND still be guaranteed an edge. However, it is indeed a serious weapon (it has bite and is easy to learn) and grandmaster Tiviakov has won one game after another with it in recent years.

Play The Ruy Lopez isn’t only about the Worrall, of course. It gives complete answers to every other black system. For example, nowadays the Berlin Defense (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8), which was Kramnik’s main weapon in his successful match versus Kasparov, has become quite a pain in White’s ass. Greet’s book doesn’t want you to touch this thing, and instead simply recommends 4.Qe2 (avoiding ...Nxe4) when we end up back in Worrall-like positions.

Other lines (great and small) that are thoroughly explored from White’s perspective are: insane lines (3...g5, 3...d5, 3...f6, 3...a5, 3...Bd6, 3...Be7, 3...Qe7, 3...Qf6, 3...Bb4), oddities on the fourth move after 3...a6 4.Ba4 (4...Qf6, 4...Nd4, 4...Bd6, 4...Be7, and 4...Bb4), 4...g6, 4...Nge7 (the Cozio), 4...Bc5, 4...f5 (the Schilemann), 4...b5 5.Bb3 Na5 (the Norwegian Variation), and 4...d6 (the Steinitz Deferred).

If you are rated 1400 to 2200 and if you are a fan of the Ruy Lopez (from White’s perspective), Play The Ruy Lopez will prove very useful and is clearly an excellent value (376 pages for only $22.95)."


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Post  Classicism on Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:41 am

Someone have his other book , about the Queens Indian? '' Play the Queens Indian - Greet ''


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Post  JanFry on Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:02 pm

Classicism wrote:Someone have his other book , about the Queens Indian? '' Play the Queens Indian - Greet ''

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