Winning with the Ruy Lopez, Delayed Exchange Variation

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The Ruy Lopez is one of the oldest and most popular chess openings ever. It is also one of the most heavily analyzed openings in today’s game and continues to enjoy incredible popularity at all levels (elite players such as Anand, Caruana, Kamsky, Nakamura, etc.. continue to play the Ruy Lopez). However many players don’t like playing the Ruy Lopez and are scared to learn it because the accompanying theory is very extensive. And that’s why IM Andrew Martin is happy to present his unique research on the Delayed Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez, an interesting sideline where white aims to achieve long-term positional pressure by trying to force black into an awkward defense set-up. In the following chess video excerpt from the 2+ hour chess DVD ¨White Shockers Vol. 1 – Ruy Lopez, Sicilian Defense, Prie’s 1. a3¨ IM Andrew Martin explains critical ideas for white in the Delayed Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez by analyzing a stunning victory by GM Eduard Gufeld over former World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal!

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