The Open Spanish is considered to be one of the soundest systems in modern opening theory. It remains a popular choice among superstars such as Mamedyarov, Caruana , So and Giri and was used in World Championship matches by Korchnoi and Anand.
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In his classic work “The modern game of Chess” (1912) Siegbert Tarrasch praised the Open Variation, which gives Black a free game, as being the best continuation against the Ruy Lopez. Many players have followed Tarrasch’s advice and in the late 20th century above all the ever-combative Viktor Kortschnoj was one of its most faithful adherents. In his WCh matches in 1978 in Baguio and in 1981 in Meran he challenged Anatoly Karpov’s Ruy Lopez with 5...Nxe4. 14 years later Viswanathan Anand would employ the Open Variation in his WCh match in New York against Garry Kasparov, though he did so once too oft en as in the tenth game of the match he ran up against the world champion’s fiendish preparation. With 4...Nf6 Black attacks the white e-pawn, with the only difference from the Berlin Defence (3...Nf6) being that the moves 3...a6 4.Ba4 have also been played. But this little detail is extremely important because now Black can shake off the pressure on his Nc6 with b7-b5 whenever he wishes. After 5.0-0 Nxe4 the moves 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 have become established as the main line.=> Más productos: Abierta
The Open Spanish arises after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4. In this opening Black opts for active piece play and is not afraid to fight for the initiative from an early stage. One of the many good features of this opening is that Black is often the side which controls the pace of the game. Black can go for long forced variations that lead to sharp endgames or choose a slower game with more pieces on the board. Therefore, the Open Spanish is not only an excellent weapon against stronger players, but also gives plenty of scope for the outplaying of “lesser rated’’ opponents. This DVD offers a full repertoire for Black against 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 and gives you a great arsenal of ideas against all the topical lines.
• Video running time: 4 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels
• Database with model games