This Week's ChessVideos Show: Quick Ruy XXXIV: The Breyer Variation
Friday, August 31, 2012 at 9:53AM
Dennis Monokroussos in Breyer Variation, ChessVideos Presentations, Openings, Ruy Lopez

At last, the grand finale of the Quick Ruy series! The Breyer System (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Nb8) is especially popular nowadays, and with high profile authors like Larry Kaufman and Boris Avrukh (forthcoming) advocating it, that is unlikely to change in the near future. So in this week's show I look at what several sources say, both pro and con, and do my best to both offer improvements for both sides and to help viewers understand what sorts of things they ought to do, to make sense of the mass of theory.

After 34 shows, I hope that anyone who wants to play the Ruy with White will have all the external tools necessary to play it with success, and likewise for those who wish to play one variation or another with Black. And for those of you who won't touch the Ruy with either color, there's good news too: the series is over!

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