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    Entries in Ruy Lopez sidelines (5)

    Friday
    Jul132012

    A New ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy XXVI: Qe2 Systems

    The series goes on! This week we have a look at the systems with Qe2; namely, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 and 5.0-0 Be7 6.Qe2. The presentation this week isn't (mini-) encyclopedic, so I don't say too much about lines with ...Bc5 or ...Be7 with ...d6; rather, the focus is on lines where Black plays ...Be7 and ...d5. The reason for that is threefold: first, to keep the length of the presentation manageable; second, because it's the most common and can be used against both White move orders; and third, it seems like the most reliable equalizer.

    But see for yourself! The show is free, as always.

    Friday
    Apr062012

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: Viewer Games for Early 2012

    It has been a long while since my last viewer games show, and the result is that this one is a doozy! No fewer than eight games are covered, and while it's a long video I do try to keep things moving along, and viewers will be compensated by getting a rich variety of topics.

    The focus is more on openings (including the old Lasker-Pelikan, the Modern Benoni, the Veresov and the Norwegian Variation of the Ruy), but endgames appear as well, most notably one Caro-Kann that culminates in a very important and thematic pawn ending. There are some spectacular middlegames as well, so I hope all viewers will find several topics of interest.

    The show is here and it's free, as always (one-time free registration is required), and will be available on-demand for at least the next month or so.

    Saturday
    Oct292011

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy, Part XIII: The Center Attack, The Riga Variation and More

    Our "quick" series on the Ruy Lopez continues as we sneak up on the Open Variation. In fact, this episode takes an early look at the Open, albeit at the interesting but somewhat dubious Riga sideline. Along the way we have a quick look at 5.Nc3 as well as d4 on move 5 and 6. Neither is terribly threatening, but Black should know a little something about them before getting surprised at the board. Main lines are on the way!

    The show is free (as always) and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.

    Saturday
    Sep172011

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy, Part XI: Black's 4th Move Sidelines

    Our series on the Ruy Lopez progresses this week with a look at three Black sidelines after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4. The main move is 4...Nf6, but there are alternatives that merit some attention. First, we have a quick look at the Norwegian Variation, characterized by 4...b5 5.Bb3 Na5. Black grabs the bishop pair and hopes to neutralize White's advantages in space and development. Next, there's the Delayed Schliemann/Jaenisch: 4...f5. Despite the superficial resemblance with the more popular 3...f5, there are crucial differences in the main lines with Nc3, d3 and d4, and White players in particular ought to know them. Finally, we look at the most popular and reliable of all the 4th move alternatives: 4...d6, the Deferred Steinitz. It's a rich variation in its own right, so I try to offer both breadth and some depth in the coverage.

    The show is here, and it's free (free registration required) and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.

    Saturday
    Apr232011

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

    A few years back I did a long series on the Sicilian Defense for ChessVideos.tv. The context was a request in the viewer question thread that I give an overview of the Sicilian, which was not exactly possible in that context - generally I spend no more than about 15 minutes on a given question there. So I joked about it, and then finally started the series, trying to present that opening in a quick but useful way. Needless to say, even going quickly, it must have taken around ten full length shows to get through that complex.

    At the time, and again recently, someone suggested doing something similar with the Ruy Lopez. For many years I resisted, but at last I've caved, and  you can watch part 1 of what is bound to be a pretty long series, here. In this week's installment, I examine the 3...d6, 3...g6, 3...Nge7, 3...Nd4 and 3...Bc5 lines. The next shows will cover the Berlin and the Schliemann/Jaenisch, and then it will be on to 3...a6.

    As usual, the show is free (free registration is required, in case you haven't already done it) and will be available for the next month or so. If you've been waiting to learn the Ruy with White, here's your chance!