The Ruy Lopez

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - Bill Buchin

Over 400 years ago, the Span­ish priest Ruy Lope z wrote about a new move, Bb5. Now this move is played by most of the best play­ers in the world.

(a) This is the move that Lopez wrote about.

(b) White is will­ing to give up pawns so that he can pin black’s knight.

(c) Mov­ing Nd6 is safer.

(d) Now black’ s knight can’t move. It’s pinned.

(e) Black sets a trap. For if 8 Qxd5, then Bxh2+ 9 Nxh2 Qxd5 wins the queen.

(f) bxc6 is slightly bet­ter. (g) White threat­ens 14 Nf6 mate.

(h) Black thinks that he’s stop­ping the threat.

(i) The bishop’s pinned.

Next week: A de­fense to the Ruy

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