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    Entries in Archangelsk Variation (3)

    Saturday
    Apr212012

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy XXII: Archangelsk Part 3

    As Kramnik will resign game one of the match with Aronian at any moment (full analysis forthcoming!), those needing another chess fix can tune into this week's ChessVideos show. We resume our exploration of the Ruy Lopez by concluding our coverage of the Archangelsk Variation (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7). We've already looked at 7.c3 and examined 7.d3 as well, considering 7...Bc5 and 7...Be7. Two lines remain, however: 7...Bd6 is an interesting try suggested by some viewers, and there's also 7.Re1 as a third White possibility. Both are covered this time around, so in our next Ruy show we'll move on to the Neo-Archangelsk Variation that starts with 6...Bc5.

    As always, the show is free (one-time only free registration is required) and will be available on-demand for at least the next month or so.

    Monday
    Feb202012

    Last Week's ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy, Part XXI

    The show was a little late getting posted, and I'm reporting it a bit later still because I was out of town playing in a tournament, but that's okay - it means those of you who wait for the notification on here will have two ChessVideos shows this week from me rather than just one!

    The topic for this show is again the Archangelsk Variation, but this time we cover the 7.d3 line that makes the variation somewhat problematic for Black. White leaves Black's bishop on b7 biting on granite, as the old phrase puts it, and as he didn't even have to spend a tempo on h3 to persuade it to go there White is doing a bit better than usual for a typical Closed Ruy. It's playable for Black, but White's results have been very good and many fans of the Archangelsk have migrated to the Neo-Archangelsk with 6...Bc5. (We'll cover that in forthcoming Quick Ruy shows.)

    The aforementioned video is here and is available to all for free (a one-time only free registration is required) and on demand for at least the next month or so.

    Friday
    Feb102012

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy XX, Archangelsk Part 1

    We bravely trudge on in our seemingly eternal series on the Ruy Lopez with part one of what will probably be three videos on the Archangelsk/Neo-Archangelsk Variations. After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Black can choose between 6...Bb7, the Archangelsk, and 6...Bc5, the Neo-Archangelsk. In both cases Black commits one bishop to remain flexible with its counterpart. Thus in the Archangelsk Black delays developing his dark-squared bishop, waiting to see how White handles the central pawns, while in the Neo-Archangelsk he commits the dark-squared bishop and waits to see if White plays an early h3. If he does, then the light-squared bishop goes to b7; if not, it's off to g4.

    This time around we start with the Archangelsk, and after 6...Bb7 White chooses between 7.c3, aiming to build an ideal pawn center with d4, and 7.d3. The latter move is more patient and has a modest appearance, but may well be the best choice, aiming to blunt the fianchettoed bishop on b7. 7.d3 will (likely) be the subject of next week's video; this time around it's the 7.c3 approach we'll focus on. As we'll see, Black is doing quite well, as long as he's willing to play bravely and able to handle active, sacrificial chess.

    The show is here and it's free - as always. (One-time free registration is required.) Eventually it will be archived, but for the foreseeable future it will be available on demand.