The Modernized Ruy Lopez When I decided to write a book on the Ruy Lopez, covering a entire
repertoire for White, I initially did not realize the volume of work that lay ahead of me. I have played the
Ruy Lopez for many years with both colors and believed that I have good knowledge about this opening.
I thought that armed with my knowledge I could easily write a book about it. Nothing could be further
from the truth! While writing this book, I discovered that the number of resources and lines that Black
has here is astonishing. To provide very good material that would satisfy not only the reader, but also
myself, I decided to cover the entire opening in two volumes.
The Modernized Ruy Lopez The first volume includes three parts. The first part is about Black’s
alternatives to the modern major lines. Even though they are not as frequent as lines that I cover in
subsequent chapters or volumes, I believe that it is good to know what to do in less popular variations
too. After all, why would we study only (say) the Berlin Defense, leaving our opponents able to surprise
us with the sharp Schliemann Variation? From a practical point of view, such a line would be very hard
to face over the board from both chess and psychological perspectives. Basic knowledge of sidelines is
The second part I devote to the extremely solid Berlin Defense. The Modernized Ruy Lopez The amount
of theory in this opening has grown exponentially in recent years, as basically all the top players go for it
with at least one color. I will try to shed some light on this complex line and try to show different ways in
which White can try to get an advantage out of the opening.