Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bb5/3...a6/4. Ba4/4...Nf6/5. OO/5...Be7/6. Re1/6...b5/7. Bb3/7...d6/8. c3/8...OO
< Chess Opening Theory  1. e4  1...e5  2. Nf3  2...Nc6  3. Bb5  3...a6  4. Ba4  4...Nf6  5. OO  5...Be7  6. Re1  6...b5  7. Bb3  7...d6  8. c3Ruy Lopez Main Line  



Position in ForsythEdwards Notation(FEN)
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Parent: Ruy Lopez 
Ruy Lopez Main LineEdit
Whites most consistent move is 9. d4 freeing the queenside minor pieces and contesting the centre, however, it walks into 9...Bg4 after which the conventional wisdom is that Black has nothing to worry about. For this reason the d4 push is almost always prepared with 9. h3. A few masters have recently attempted to prove that 9. d4 is possible.
White may be fed up with all these preparatory moves and play 9. d3 allowing the safe development of the queenside, but this gives Black complete freedom, claims less space than d4 and limits the scope of the lightsquared bishop. The successful chess player must have patience!
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ReferencesEdit
 Modern Chess Openings 15th ed, 2008. Nick de Firmian. Random House, New York. ISBN 0812936825.