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December Camp - Understand the Ruy Lopez (9h Running Time) 

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  • Doubled Pawns on c7 and c6 - Typical Plans and Ideas - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Doubled Pawns on c7 and c6 - Typical Plans and Ideas - Model Game 1  Closed
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  • Doubled Pawns on c7 and c6 - Typical Plans and Ideas - Model Game 13  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Chigorin Variation - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Chigorin Variation - Model Game 1  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Chigorin Variation - Model Game 2  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Chigorin Variation - Model Game 3  Closed
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  • Must-Know Structures in the Chigorin Variation - Model Game 5  Closed
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  • Must-Know Structures in the Chigorin Variation - Model Game 11  Closed
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  • Must-Know Structures in the Chigorin Variation - Model Game 17  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Chigorin Variation - Model Game 18  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Basic Structure  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Closed Queenside  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Queenside Pawn Play  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Black Plays ...c5-c4  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Symmetrical Positions  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Model Game 1  Closed
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  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Model Game 13  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Test 1  Closed
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  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Test 1 (Solution)  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Test 2 (Solution)  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Test 3 (Solution)  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Test 4 (Solution)  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Test 5 (Solution)  Closed
  • Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - Test 6 (Solution)  Closed
  • Typical Structures with Early d2-d3 - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Typical Structures with Early d2-d3 - Introduction  Closed
  • Typical Structures with Early d2-d3 - Model Game 1  Closed
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  • Typical Structures with Early d2-d3 - Model Game 8  Closed
  • Typical Structures with Early d2-d3 - Model Game 9  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Breyer Variation - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Breyer Variation - Setups with Bg5  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Breyer Variation - Queenside Pawn Play  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Breyer Variation - Setups with d4-d5 - Part 1  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Breyer Variation - Setups with d4-d5 - Part 2  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Breyer Variation - Model Game  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Zaitsev Variation - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Zaitsev Variation - Model Game 1  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Zaitsev Variation - Model Game 2  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Zaitsev Variation - Model Game 3  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Zaitsev Variation - Model Game 4  Closed
  • Must-Know Structures in the Zaitsev Variation - Model Game 5  Closed
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    Understand the Ruy Lopez

    Introduction and Free Preview

     

    The camp Understand the Ruy Lopez is already a digital product. This product includes all the videos from the masterclass as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 9 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 81 files!

    You will find the following lectures:

    Doubled Pawns on c7 and c6 - Typical Plans and Ideas - GM Petar Arnaudov

    Must-Know Structures in the Chigorin Variation - GM Dejan Bojkov

    Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez - GM Grigor Grigorov

    Typical Structures with Early d2-d3 - GM Mihail Marin

    Must-Know Structures in the Breyer Variation - GM Michael Roiz

    Must-Know Structures in the Zaitsev Variation - GM Pavel Eljanov

    In this article, we will briefly present some interesting moments taken from the lectures

    Doubled Pawns on c7 and c6 - Typical Plans and Ideas

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    The exchange structure is one of the most important structures in Ruy Lopez. White is giving his bishop for the knight and hopes to get a static advantage. Also after this exchange, many endgames will favor White. I divide this structure into two parts.

    The first one is the Exchange Ruy Lopez which arises after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6

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    This is a must-known structure for every Ruy Lopez player. The battle between better structure and bishop pair is quite interesting. As a general rule White is trying to exchange all the pieces and reach a winning pawn endgame. Surprisingly enough, Black is trying to exchange queens in many lines and prove that Black's bishops' activity fully compensates for the worse structure. White's best move here is 5.0-0, where Black has many possibilities. A better understanding of the arising positions is more important than concrete lines in this structure. 

    The second part of the article is dedicated to the positions when White exchanged on "c6" only after Black's knight is already on "f6"

    Most of the examples are from the so-called "Delayed Exchange Variation" which arises after the moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 

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    This is the starting position and White is on a crossroad. The e4-pawn is hanging and  White has to do something about it. White has two main plans in this position. The first one is to prepare and open the game by means of d4 and the other one is to start a kingside play with f2-f4. The recent trend in similar structures for White is to castle long and to start pushing his kingside pawns. Black wants to manoeuvre his knight to e6 (via f8 or c5) and usually, he waits with castling. Very often, Black's monarch feels more comfortable on the queenside. The other manoeuvre which you should know is Nf6-d7-b8-c6. Some of the arising positions are quite sharp.

    The article consists of 13 extensively annotated model games. Below, you shall take a look at one of them.

    Must-Know Structures in the Chigorin Variation

    GM-Dejan-Bojkov-40ea520908

    Probably the Chigorin System is the purest illustration of all the typical Ruy Lopez concepts. It's not by accident that this is one of the oldest systems. For example, many games played by Rubinstein are still relevant for our understanding of this system.

    GM Dejan Bojkov is famous for his passion for Ruy Lopez. One year ago, he published a wonderful course about the Ruy Lopez middlegame positions - Understand the Ruy Lopez

    In the current lecture, GM Bojkov explains all the must-know ideas in Ruy Lopez structures. Having played this system for both colours on regular basis, Bojkov provides a global overview of the arising middlegames.

    The PGN version of the article consists of 18 extensively annotated model games.

    Below, you shall take a look at one of them.

    Positions with Closed Centre in Ruy Lopez

    GM-Grigor-Grigorov-8c926c1098

    You cannot play the Ruy Lopez without having a subtle understanding of the closed positions. In this lecture, GM Grigorov examines closed positions that arise out of different Ruy Lopez systems.

    Even though many structural modifications are possible, one should know the basic closed structure in Ruy Lopez.

    Basic Pawn Structure

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    This is the most basic pawn structure regarding the positions with a closed centre in Ruy Lopez. When looking at this position, one cannot avoid drawing parallels between Ruy Lopez and King's Indian Defence. Even though there are many similarities, we need to understand some subtle differences. Instead of having a pawn on c4 (like in King's Indian), in Ruy Lopez, White's pawn is on  c3. At the same time, Black's queenside is overextended. The nature of Black's overextended queenside is not one-sided. While in some cases Black can execute some favourable queenside breaks, very often White uses Black's further advanced pawns as a hook. As a result, Black often finds himself with queenside weaknesses. In this lecture, I deal with different queenside modifications. Generally speaking, White has two main strategies in this  structure:

    1) Closing the queenside and winning the game on the kingside

    2) Creating  queenside weaknesses and exploiting them

    Very often, White manages to combine his queenside play with threats on the kingside. If White is not precise, however,  Black can overtake the initiative on both wings. As we are going to see in this lecture, he can either play ...c5-c4 followed by ...Nc5 or execute the ...  f7-f5 break on the kingside.

    The PGN version of the lecture consists of 13 extensively annotated model games and 6 test positions.

    Below, we present one of the model games.

    Typical Structures with Early d2-d3

    GM-Mihail-Marin-fb1e77797f

    GM Mihail Marin is a well-known Ruy Lopez specialist. Besides having tremendous practice in this opening, he dedicated to Ruy Lopez numerous articles and books. Therefore, every Ruy Lopez player would benefit from Marin's understanding of the topical systems with d2-d3.

    The starting point of his lecture is the position arising after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3

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    Here is how the author introduces the topic himself.

    Due to White's desire to avoid a series of black systems, such as the Berlin Defence, the Marshall Attack and the Open (Tarrasch) variation, this move (played now, a bit later, or earlier, is quite frequent in modern practice. It apparently makes the position dull, as it seems to restrict both players to long manoeuvres leading nowhere. However, both sides dispose over a series of pawn breaks in the early middlegame, such as d3-d4 and f2-f4 for White and ...d7-d5 or ...f7-f5 for Black. Adding to these, after 6...b5 7.Bb3 White can also consider a2-a4, a move that can change the evaluation abruptly in several Ruy Lopez systems. This additional possibility, together with the relative weaknesses on c6 and c5, mark the main differences between The Italian Giuoco Pianissimo and the Ruy Lopez with d2-d3. Of course, in some cases, the space gained by Black with ...b7-b5 can do him a favour, so ...b7-b5 cannot be judged one-sidedly. It does not mean that the Ruy Lopez with d2-d3 is either better or worse than the Italian, but it makes it the more complex of the two relatively similar openings. The games selected for this database, subject of the recent webinar, illustrate the (sometimes fascinating) complications ensuing after any of the aforementioned pawn breaks.

    The PGN version of the lecture consists of 9 extensively annotated model games.

    Below, you shall take a look at one of them.

    Must-Know Structures in the Breyer Variation

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    The Breyer Variation has the reputation of being a solid, flexible and reliable antidote to the Ruy Lopez. The soundness of this system is proven in a number of top-level games.

    GM Michael Roiz is definitely the go-to person for the subtleties of the Breyer pawn structures. In 2019, he published an excellent Breyer Course for Modern Chess. Even though many new games have been played since then, the high-level practice confirmed the validity of the main concepts. In the current lecture, besides explaining the main pawn structures, Roiz provides a fantastic theoretical background. Therefore, this lecture can be considered as a kind of update on his Breyer database.

    Must-Know Structures in the Zaitsev Variation

    GM-Pavel-Eljanov-2730d6d800

    After studying the Breyer structures, it will be easier for you to understand the subtleties of another top-level weapon - the Zaitsev System. In the current lecture, Eljanov shows why this system managed to withstand the test of time.

    The main starting position of the Zaitsev shows the philosophy behind this system.

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    Black is planning to increase the pressure on e4 by means of ...Bf8. Therefore, unlike the Breyer Variation, White does not have time for the manoeuvre Nbd2-f1-g3. The strong pressure on the White's centre is the cornerstone of Black's strategy in this line. Just like Michael Roiz, by explaining the main pawn structures, Eljanov builds a kind of repertoire for both sides.

    Below, you shall take a look at one of the model games.