The Schliemann Variation

The Schliemann Variation is probably the sharpest way of meeting the Ruy Lopez. Black immediately goes on the counterattack in the centre, in King's Gambit fashion. Most positional considerations are overtaken by tactics and hard variations, so there's much more homework for the student here than in many of the other chapters. That said, a well-prepared player on the white side could certainly look forward to facing the Schliemann. After all, this line is fun for White too, but only if you know...

The Theory of the a Anti Marshall

1 e4 e5 2 > f3 < ic6 3 lb5 a6 4 Aa4 thf6 5 0-0 Jle7 6 Sel b5 For the main-line Closed Lopez starting with 7 d6, see Chapters 9-15. As well as 7 0-0, Black can prepare to play another Marshall-style gambit with 7 JLb7, intending to meet 8 c3 with 8 d5 . After 7 Ab7 8 d3 0-0 White can transpose into the Anti-Marshall with 9 a4, but can also try another approach with 9 k3 d6 10 a3 . White preserves the bishop on the a2-g8 diagonal and Black can no longer challenge it with Ae6. Meanwhile, the...

Index of Variations

Chapter 1 Without 3 a6, 3 rf6, 3 i.c5 or 3 f5 Chapter 7 4 > f6 5 0-0 & xe4 6 d4 Chapter 8 4 > f6 5 0-0 Ae7 6 Sel (6 b5 7 & b3 0-0 8 a4) Chapter 10 4 f6 5 0-0 J.e7 6 Sel b5 7 i.b3 d6 8 c3 (8 0-0 9 h3) 4 f6 5 0-0 Ae7 6 Sel b5 7 i.b3 d6 8 c3 0-0 9 h3 Chapter 13 9 h6 10 d4 Se8 11 bd2 i.f8 12 > fl Chapter 15 9 ia5 10 & c2 c5 11 d4

Aho

A) 10 1fd7 11 .c2 Af5 12 id4 i.g6 13 a4 and now after 13 0-0 14 & xe4 i.xe4 15 axb5 axb5 16 Sxa8 Sxa8 17 JLxe4 dxe4 18 e6 fxe6 19 ixb5 Black's wrecked pawn-structure gave White a clear advantage in Lu-ther-Krasenkow, Asti 1996. Stronger is 13 ixd2, although White still keeps a plus after 14 .xd2. b) 10 0-0 11 Ac2 f5 12 & b3 Wd7 13 fd4 hxd4 14 ixd4 (14 cxd4 a5 15 f3 a4 16 fxe4 axb3 17 Axb3 fxe4 was equal in Gr nfeld-Tal, Riga IZ 1979) 14 C5 15 & xe6 xe6 16 f3 g5 17 a4 g6 (or 17 Sad8 18...