In this book, Herman Grooten discusses the backgrounds of openings, provides guidelines and explains in an instructive and accessible way the basic principles of a position. This book gives an overview of the positions and corresponding plans arising from the Ruy Lopez and Italian Game.
In my view the average club player will be more pleased with an opening book in which a profusion of ideas is offered. If this is also structured, you can hope that the readers will acquire the necessary understanding of standard positions. On the basis of this guideline, developing an opening repertoire could easily turn into a pleasant pastime. Together with my Belgian chess pal Daniel Vanheirzeele, the owner of Thinkers Publishing, I have been enabled to discuss the backgrounds of openings in a much more detailed manner, something I couldn’t do in my article series because of the lack of space.
We hope to take the reader from the opening into the unfathomable depths of grandmaster chess. Here we try in a way of our very own to give a full explanation of the many plans, ideas and concepts that remain often hidden under the surface. In this way we hope to give the club player something to hold on to, as he really wants the question answered: how to continue if the opponent deviates from the theory?
The Ruy Lopez chess opening has long been seen as white's best chance for an advantage after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6. Many top players and coaches believe your improvement as a chess player depends on your understanding of the Ruy Lopez chess opening.
The Ruy Lopez teaches you a lot about the classical principles of the chess opening, and the Closed Variation, with 9 h3, will deepen your understanding of chess. No matter which side of the Ruy Lopez you find yourself on, you will learn much about chess.
Of course, an opening with as much history as the Ruy Lopez will have acquired a large amount of theory. Do not let this stop you from playing one of the most respected chess openings, but take your time and enjoy every small step towards mastering the opening.
June 22, 2022
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