Ruy Lopez - Games

I selected Ruy Lopez (Spanish) chess games for you below from recent times, but just wins and losses to make it interesting. Study the various lines and chess ideas.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5
Ruy Lopez
Ruy Lopez - Solid Chess Defense for Black if White plays first move 1.e4 and then 3.Bb5.

After 3...a6, the most commonly played line is the Closed Defence, which goes 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7.
After this the most frequently seen continuation is 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0

The Ruy Lopez, Breyer Variation

Jonathan Schrantz explores a branch of the vast Ruy Lopez: the Breyer Variation. It's characterized by the odd-looking 9...Nb8 (the intent is to route the Knight to d7).


  • 6.Bxc6 (Delayed Exchange Variation Deferred)
  • 6.d4 (Centre Attack)
  • 6.Qe2 (Worrall Attack)
  • 6.Re1 d6 (Averbakh Variation)

  • 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3
  • 7...Bb7 (Trajković Variation)
  • 7...0-0 8.c3 d5 (Marshall Attack)

After 3...a6

4.Bxc6 (Exchange Variation)

  • 4...b5 5.Bb3 Na5 (Norwegian Variation)
  • 4...b5 5.Bb3 Bc5 (Graz Defence)
  • 4...b5 5.Bb3 Bb7 (Caro Variation)
  • 4...Bc5 (Classical Defence Deferred)
  • 4...d6 (Modern Steinitz Defence)
  • 4...f5 (Schliemann Defence Deferred)
  • 4...Nge7 (Cozio Defence Deferred)
  • 4...Be7 5.Qe2 Nf6 (Worrall Attack)
  • 4...Be7 5.0-0 Nf6 (Closed Defence)
  • 4...Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7 (Arkhangelsk Defence)
  • 4...Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 (Modern Archangel Defence)
  • 4...Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5 (Møller Defence)
  • 4...Nf6 5.0-0 d6 (Russian Defence)
  • 4...Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 (Open Defence)
  • 4...Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 (Closed Defence)
  • 4...Nf6 5.d4 (Mackenzie Variation)
  • 4...Nf6 5.Qe2 (Wormald Attack)
  • 4...Nf6 5.d3 (Anderssen Variation)
Variations taken from Wikipedia

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