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Ruy Lopez, Open (C82)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Nxe4 6 d4 b5
7 Bb3 d5 8 dxe5 Be6 9 c3

Number of games in database: 892
Years covered: 1871 to 2022
Overall record:
   White wins 37.9%
   Black wins 29.0%
   Draws 33.1%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Anatoly Karpov  12 games
Ljubomir Ljubojevic  11 games
Vitaly Tseshkovsky  9 games
Viktor Korchnoi  17 games
Artur Yusupov  16 games
Jan Timman  14 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Lasker vs Rubinstein, 1914
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978
Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1945
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978
B Lengyel vs Mikhalevski, 1993
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981
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 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 892  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Wolgast vs Weissenfels  1-0271871PostalC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. B Fleissig vs Mackenzie 0-1391882ViennaC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. F Cantoni vs F Zannoni  0-1421883Italian ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. A Solovtsov vs Chigorin 1-0331884MoscowC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. Metger vs M Weiss ½-½271887FrankfurtC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. Metger vs Tarrasch 0-1391887FrankfurtC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. Tarrasch vs M Weiss 0-1681887FrankfurtC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Mackenzie vs M Weiss ½-½671887FrankfurtC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Taubenhaus vs M Weiss ½-½3818896th American Chess CongressC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. M Weiss vs Gossip 1-02718896th American Chess CongressC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. R Loman vs J F Heemskerk  1-0521890DCA Congress 18thC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. M Weiss vs J Holzwarth 1-0471890Kolisch MemorialC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. M Weiss vs Csank 1-0241890Kolisch MemorialC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. Taubenhaus vs Albin ½-½661893New YorkC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Tarrasch vs Chigorin 1-0631893Chigorin - TarraschC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. Showalter vs Albin 0-14918931st City Chess Club TournamentC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Showalter vs A Hodges  0-1721894Showalter - Hodges US ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. Showalter vs A Hodges 1-0381894Showalter - Hodges US ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Tarrasch vs A Zinkl ½-½7418949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. A Zinkl vs P Seuffert 1-05118949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. V Tabunshchikov vs K Behting  0-11818944th Shakhmatnyi Zhurnal corrC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. Taubenhaus vs Teichmann 0-1341895LondonC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. G Bellingham vs C E Ranken  ½-½361895WorcesterC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. Schlechter vs M Judd  1-0341895Vienna Chess Society MastersC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. Janowski vs G Marco 1-0291896NurembergC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-04-05  notyetagm: Shirov demolishes the Open Ruy Lopez, from the recent 4NCL weekend:

[Event "Birmingham 4NCL 2004/5"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2005.05.01"]
[Round "10.2"]
[White "Shirov, Alexei"]
[Black "Flear, Glenn"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2714"]
[BlackElo "2475"]
[ECO "C82"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2005.04.??"]
[SourceDate "2001.09.18"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 Bg4 11. Re1 d4 12. h3 Bh5 13. g4 Bg6 14. Nxd4 Nxd4 15. cxd4 Qxd4 16. Qf3 Rd8 17. Nf1 Nxb3 18. e6 Bb4 19. axb3 Bxe1 20. Qc6+ Kf8 21. Be3 Qd6 22. Bc5 Bb4 23. Bxd6+ Bxd6 24. exf7 h5 25. Rxa6 hxg4 26. hxg4 b4 27. Ne3 Bxf7 28. Ra8 Re8 29. Nf5 Bh2+ 30. Kg2 Rxa8 31. Qxa8+ Be8 32. Qd8

May-04-05  notyetagm: And Sutovsky demolishes the Open Ruy Lopez as well, from the same 4NCL event as the Shirov game given above:

[Event "Birmingham 4NCL 2004/5"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2005.05.02"]
[Round "11.4"]
[White "Sutovsky, Emil"]
[Black "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2665"]
[BlackElo "2662"]
[ECO "C82"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2005.04.??"]
[SourceDate "2001.09.18"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 Bg4 11. Bc2 Ne6 12. Re1 Bc5 13. Nf1 Bh5 14. b4 Bb6 15. Ng3 Bg6 16. h4 d4 17. Bg5 Bxc2 18. Qxc2 Qd5 19. Nh5 Qc4 20. Nd2 d3 21. Qd1 Qd5 22. Ne4 Kf8 23. Nef6 gxf6 24. Nxf6 Qc4 25. Re4 Ncd4 26. Bh6+ Ke7 27. cxd4 Nxd4 28. Rc1 Qxa2 29. Rxd4 Rhd8 30. Rf4 d2 31. Rc3 Qa4 32. Ng8+ Ke8 33. Nf6+ Ke7 34. Nd5+ Rxd5 35. Rxf7+ Kd8 36. Rf8+ Ke7 37. Bg5+ 1-0

Feb-20-09  Marmot PFL: Both guys play 9.Nbd2 instead of c3. Is this to avoid the Dilworth Attack? (9.c3 Bc5 10.Nbd2 0-0 11.Bc2 Nxf2!?)
Feb-20-09  MaxxLange: I tried the Open Ruy, it's pretty hard to hold
Feb-20-09  chessman95: This opening is a bit risky for black. While white's position is solid and dosen't have any major weaknesses, black's position is hanging on a rope and one slip spells disaster, especially because the king is still not castled. The Closed Spanish or Marshall Attack are more solid options for black, although every once in a while I run into an opponent who dosen't know how to play the Open Spanish very well, and then white's in real trouble.

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