# Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bb5/3...a6/4. Ba4/4...Nf6/5. O-O/5...Be7/6. Re1

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Ruy Lopez Main Line
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Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Parent: Ruy Lopez

# Ruy Lopez Main Line

Now the Whites own e-pawn is defended, the threat Bxc6 followed by Nxe5 winning a pawn becomes a serious problem for Black, whose best defence is to kick the bishop with 6...b5. 6...d6 is inferior on two counts: it allows White to play 7.c3 and save a tempo by retreating the bishop to c2 in one move, and it cuts out the option of playing ...d5.

## Theory table

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6.Re1

6 7 8 9
Re1
b5
Bb3
d6
c3
d6
h3
Bb7
...
d6
c3
Bg4
d3
Nd7
Be3
h6
=
...
O-O

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## References

• Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.
• Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.