USCF Home arrow Chess Life Online arrow 2006 arrow Ruy Lopez by the fire
Ruy Lopez by the fire Print E-mail
By William T. Harvey   
June 8, 2006

Chess set Aluminum and Anodized Gold, created by Kurt Grohs


20 Ruy Lopez Puzzle special (+ bonus opening index!)

This puzzle series is aimed to acquaint you with typical tactics in the Ruy Lopez. If you don't play the Ruy, you'll still find the exercise useful for general tactical training.
They're all from real Ruy games, and there are some recurring patterns. Notice how frequently the light squared Bishop plays a leading role in the tactical death of white. This should give you an idea of why it's uncommon for white to give up this bishop, even when it seems that it's not doing much. (problems 1,3,6,11 +16)
Watch how black often punishes white for slow development. Despite being the most popular opening against 1.e4 e5, many of the main lines of the Ruy, and not just the Marshall gambit, give black a temporary lead in development.
(Problems 10,14 -15 and 19)
The 20th problem is an opening trap first executed by Paul Keres that arises from a line in the Steinitz Deferred: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5.d4 ed4 6. Nd4?? Nxd4 7. Qxd4...
For your convenience, there's an opening index hyperlinked to each problem with short verbal and historical summaries of each line!
Finally comfort yourself with the thought that in addition to improving your tactical skills, you might also be improving your Ruy!

1.
White to Move

Henk Schouten-Frank Denys
Huy 1992
Bird Opening

2.
Black to Move

Stoddard-Sorenson
Corr.1977
Schliemann

3.
White to Move

Kliavinish, Y-Zhuraliov, V.
URS 1968Classical

4.

White to Move

Bobotsov, M-Olafsson,F.
Lyons 1955
Exchange Variation

5.

Black to Move

Parnenzini,P- Fernandez, J.
Corr. 1992
Unusual lines 

6.

White to Move

Martin Vaculik- Stanislav Galicek
Svetla nad Savnou,1994
Moller

7.
Black to Move

Torres-Alekhine
Seville, 1922
Steinitz Deferred

8.

White to Move

Laroschikn-Groper
Berlin 1923,
Open Ruy Lopez

9.

White to Move


Ivanov,A.-Hoover,N.
Sioux Falls, 1998
Open Ruy Lopez Howell Variation

10.
Black to Move

Morabito-Dangremond
Eastpointe, 1994
Worall Attack

11.

White to Move


Zatisev, Igor-Vornokov,B.
Moscow, 1966
Closed Ruy-Zaitsev Variation

12.

White to Move

Fischer-Gligoric
Zagreb, 1970
Closed Ruy-Smyslov Variation

13.
White to Move

Boleslavsky-Kholmov
Leningrad, 1956
Closed Ruy-Chigorin Defense

14.

Black to Move

Hatzl,S-Jovanovic,Sasa
Frohnleiten, 1999
Closed Ruy-Breyer

15.
Black to Move

Rodriguez,A- Rodriguez,E.
Uruguay 1986
Bird Opening

16.
White to Move

Zatocha,V-Shamil,G.
Harkany, 1994
Bird Opening

17.
White to Move

A Ynigo-D.Levine
Philadelphia, 1995
Bird Opening

18.
Black to Move

Dworzynski-Keres
Moscow, 1956
Modern Steinitz

19.

Black to Move

Kostiukchenko-Levin, M.
Kiev, 1958
Marshall Gambit

20.

White to Move

Jansson,B-Tchalkhasuren,C.
Anti-Marshall





Solutions

 

 

 


 
Advertisement