Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bb5/3...a6/4. Bxc6

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Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Parent: Ruy Lopez

Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation[edit]

White decides he doesn't want to risk having his Bishop trapped on the queenside, and exchanges it with black's Knight. Black's only good move is 4...dxc6, as 4...bxc6 leaves white with a small advantage.

Theory table[edit]

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

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6
4 5 6
...
dxc6
O-O
f6
d4
Bg4
=
...
bxc6?!
Nc3
d6
d4
f6
+=
...
bxc6?!
d4
exd4
Qxd4
...
+=

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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.

Nick de Firmian (1999). Modern Chess Openings (14 ed.). Random House. ISBN 0-8129-3084-3.