Thursday, March 29, 2018

Ruy Lopez Berlin 4.d3 Downside

Ruy Lopez Berlin 3.Bb5 Nf6 lines with 4.d3 remain popular due to the defensive skills by masters against the open 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4. The gradual build-up 4.d3 strategy can be thwarted when Black counter attacks such as in Pascal Charbonneau vs Leandro Krysa.

Charbonneau (2505) - Krysa (2548), PRO League Group Stage INT (5), 07.02.2018 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.0-0 Nd4 6.Nxd4 Bxd4 7.c3 Bb6 8.Bg5 c6 [8...h6 9.Bh4=] 9.Ba4 [9.Bc4=] 9...h6 10.Bh4 [10.Bxf6 Qxf6=] 10...d6 [10...g5 11.Bg3 d6 12.Qd2 Rg8 13.Kh1 h5 14.f3=] 11.Nd2? [11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nd2=]
11...g5! 12.Bg3 h5! 13.h4 Rg8 [13...Bg4!-/+] 14.Nc4? [14.hxg5 Rxg5 15.Bh4 Rg6=] 14...Ng4 15.Nxb6 axb6 16.hxg5 Qxg5 17.Bb3 h4 18.f4 [18.Qf3 Rg7-/+] 18...Qg7 19.Bxh4 [19.fxe5 Nxe5 20.d4 Qxg3-+] 19...Ne3 20.Qf3 Nxg2 0-1

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Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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