New Developments in the Arkhangelsk Variation

A Black Weapon vs. the Ruy Lopez!

The Arkhangelsk Variation (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7!) in different forms is one of the old favourite weapons of Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana who are still employing it in their tournament games on the highest level possible. Adrian Mikhalchishin’s first DVD on the Arkhangelsk was released 10 years ago. Naturally enough, since then quite a few important discoveries have been made, and in his new work the author sheds light on fresh ideas in the hyper-sharp c3 variation, the classical line, which is specially well played by Caruana, as well as further entertaining developments in the Semi-Arkhangelsk with a temporarily delayed b7-b5.


Sample video


  • 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7
  • 01: 7.c3 Nxe4 - Palac,M - Bartel,M [12:16]
  • 02: 7.Re1 Bc5 8.c3 d6 9.d4 Bb6 10.Be3 - Vachier Lagrave,M - Socko,B [11:42]
  • 03: 7.Re1 Bc5 8.c3 d6 9.d4 Bb6 10.h3 - Mladenov,S - Bartel,M [12:26]
  • 04: 7.d3 Bd6 Sidelines - Soltanici,R - Bartel,M [09:40]
  • 05: 7.d3 Bd6 8.a4 - Pavlov,S - Bartel,M [05:15]
  • 06: 7.d3 Bc5 - Karjakin,S - Sokolov,I [06:52]
  • 07: 7.d3 Be7 - Logar,M - Mihalcisin,A [04:46]

Ruy Lopez

The Spanish Opening is one of the absolutely oldest. It is named after the Spanish priest Ruy López de Segura, who in 1561 presented his analyses on this way of starting the game in a book. But even today the Spanish can be seen in many games of top players and it is quite clearly the most important of the Open Games. Not only does White develop his bishop, he also immediately puts pressure on the black e5-pawn. Whereas previously 3...a6 was almost obligatory, nowadays 3...Nf6 – the Berlin Defence – is favoured.

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