Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bb5/3...a6/4. Ba4/4...Nf6/5. d3

5.d3Edit

Though passive and harmless-looking, this move defends the e4-pawn and makes Bxc6 followed by Nxe5 a reality. Therefore, Black has to loosen his queenside with 5...b5. White doesn't want to attack immediately. He wants to attack after building an impregnable fortress that offers no chances for counterplay.

Theory tableEdit

5 6 7
...

b5

Bb3

Be7

O-O

d6

+/=
...

d6

+/=

ReferencesEdit

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  1. MacDonald, Neil. The Ruy Lopez, Move by Move. Gloucester, 2011