Ruy Lopez Chess Opening Explained in 10 Minutes [TRAPS Included]

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All the world chess champions had one thing in common; they all played the Ruy Lopez chess opening (also known as the Spanish Opening or Spanish Game). It occurs after the opening moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5. It is one of the most popular chess openings.

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov teaches you how to play the Ruy Lopez as White and the best ways to counter Black in different variations, including the Morphy Defense, Steinitz Defense, Modern Steinitz Defense, Bird Variation, and more.

You will learn the aggressive variations for White that are filled with nasty traps.

► Chapters

00:00 Ruy Lopez Chess Opening for White
01:04 1) If Black plays 6…Bg4
02:40 2) If Black plays 6…Nf6
03:26 Fried Liver Attack in Ruy Lopez?
04:20 3) 3…d6, Steinitz Defense
05:59 4) 3…Nd4, Bird Variation
07:57 5) Morphy Defense, Mackenzie Variation
11:11 6) Black’s best response (for advanced players)
13:12 Quiz: Puzzle of the day

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  1. 13:19 To complete White’s attack, you sacrifice your queen by capturing the pawn on h7. Then, after the king takes your queen, you deliver a beautiful checkmate—known as Anastasia’s Mate—by swinging your rook over to h5.

  2. You could do a dutch defense video, its relatively rare and unique so most opponents would be unprepared

  3. 13:15

    sacrifice Queen. (checks king) 5h7h

    King takes white queen. 8h7h

    Move rook to 5e5h (check mate)

  4. At 8:16, when white plays 5.d4 for this "more aggressive approach," it is white who can stumble into a trap after 5…exd4, 6.Nxd4?. This is the famous Noah's Ark Trap. 6…Nxd4 Qxd4, 7.c5 Q-moves, 8. c4 and white's bishop is trapped. It's worth mentioning that white can also stumble in the early stages of the Ruy Lopez.

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  6. You say some funny stuff, but usually not in the first ten seconds. So I vote this the best intro you have done in these videos. 😅

  7. The solution to the puzzle, a forced checkmate: Qxh7+ Kxh7 is forced Rh5#

  8. I first learnt from the book of Mr Spasky, recovering the pawn captured by black Knight after placing the castled rook in the same file could not see in this video besides one mate trap sacrificing queen when knight pinned by black bishop.

  9. Your best girl Anastasia joins the party 😉

  10. The puzzle at the end, took me a sec but its a queen sac, then move the rook over in its place. Check mate 😊

  11. 1.Qxh7+ Kxh7 (forced move). 2.Rh5# ( Knight covers escape on g6 or g8, and nothing can stop the rook or block the check.

  12. ► Chapters

    00:00 Ruy Lopez Chess Opening for White

    01:04 1) If Black plays 6…Bg4

    02:40 2) If Black plays 6…Nf6

    03:26 Fried Liver Attack in Ruy Lopez?

    04:20 3) 3…d6, Steinitz Defense

    05:59 4) 3…Nd4, Bird Variation

    07:57 5) Morphy Defense, Mackenzie Variation

    11:11 6) Black's best response (for advanced players)

    13:12 Quiz: Puzzle of the day

  13. Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you very much.

  14. Thanks. Anastasia's mate. So brutal and beautiful.

  15. Qxh7+ Kxh7
    Rh5 ++
    Thank you, as always, Igor!

  16. For the puzzle, I think it's a queen sac. Qxh7 after Kxh7, Rh5 is checkmate.

  17. With due respect, Igor, fried liver attack with the knight sacrifice line is objectively better for black if black finds or knows all the Stockfisch moves, they are just a piece up for example I personally go for traxler now, but I used to play into fried liver, knight sacrifice as black.

  18. I'm sorry gm smirnov but I only play 1. b3 😛 I won a tournament (not official one) by playing it with white eheh

  19. Sacrifice the queeeeeeeeen. Hi I'm a Gotham sub

  20. 1.Qxh7+ kxh7 (only move). 2.Rh5# ( the knight prevents escape on g6 or g8, the king is to far from the rook to take and nothing can take the rook or block the check.

  21. For the puzzle its qxh7+ king takes queen is forced and rook g5 is a beautiful check mate 😂

  22. Are there any traps against Ruy Lopez? My buddy always takes the c6 knight immediately and then does a3 and h3 and he's pretty locked down. I know those last 2 moves aren't the "best moves" but it's still a pain in the butt.

  23. Александр Чернявский says:

    1. Ф:h7+ Кр:h7 2. Лh5#

  24. Qh7+ kxh7 Then Rh5+# it is correct coach. it is last part of your vedio

  25. While facing this opening as black, after e4 e5; Nf6 Nc3; Bb5, I usually play Bc5 because most of my opponents take the knight. If they take, I recapture with the d pawn, and if they then take my e pawn, I play Qd4, threatening mate in 1. Unless someone finds Nd3, which makes their position worse, they either get mated or lose a knight

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