Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bb5/3...a6/4. Ba4/4...Nf6/5. d3
5.d3[edit | edit source]
Though passive and harmless-looking, this move defends the e4-pawn and makes Bxc6 followed by Nxe5 a reality. Therefore, Black has to loosen his queenside with 5...b5. White doesn't want to attack immediately. He wants to attack after building an impregnable fortress that offers no chances for counterplay.
Theory table[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- MacDonald, Neil. The Ruy Lopez, Move by Move. Gloucester, 2011