In this week's ChessVideos show, we continue our theoretical investigations in the Ruy, moving on to the Neo-Archangelsk variation that arises after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5. In this video, which is part one of three on the Neo-Archangelsk, I do three things.
First, I compare this with the regular, old Archangelsk with 6...Bb7. In quite a few lines Black is better off in the Neo- version, but not in every case; the old line has its distinctive points as well.
Second, I offer an overview of the Neo-Archangelsk, so viewers get a sense of the lay of the land, outlining the territory for the next two shows as well.
Finally, we get to the meat, examining lines with a quick Nxe5: 7.a4 Rb8 and now both 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.d4 and 8.axb5 axb5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.d4. These are important sidelines, and if you play either color of the Neo-Archangelsk you'll want to know these variations!
The show is free as always (registration is required but free, easy and one-time-only) and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.