Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bb5/3...a6/4. Ba4/4...Nf6/5. O-O/5...Be7/6. Bxc6

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Ruy Lopez Main Line
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Bxc6
Parent: Ruy Lopez

Ruy Lopez Main LineEdit

6.Bxc6!? is an interesting move. It may look like a waste of time. The main line goes 6.- dxc6 7.Qe1! and black has a couple of problems here: 1.7.- Bd6?! leads to 8.d4! and if exd4?, 9.e5!. If black plays 8.- Qe7, white plays 9.dxe5! which leads to: 9.- Bxe5 10.Nxe5 Qxe5 11.Qc3 Ng4 12.Qxe5+ Nxe5 13.f4! Ng6 14.f5!(14.Be3 is also good) Ne5 15.Bf4 and white stands much better because of his better pawn structure. 2.7.- f6 is impossible because there is a knight on f6. The best move is probably 7.- Qd6.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables, see theory table and for notation, see algebraic notation.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Bxc6

6 7 8 9

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