[December 08, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation with 5. O-O (incl. Alapin Gambit & Gligorić Variation)

[Line 382 : 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O with 5… Bg4, 5… f6]

There are two major lines covered in Line 382:

The first one is an interesting Alapin Gambit – 5… Bg4 6. h3 h5, which requires good theoretical knowledge from both sides, and usually leads to approximately equal positions.

The second option is the classical 5… f6 line, also known as the Gligorić Variation. White usually responds with 6. d4 exd4 7. Nxd4 c5, and here continues either with 8. Nb3 or 8. Ne2. However, after a few precise moves Black’s position should be good. Black has another popular option in 6… Bg4, where 7. c3 often leads to complications, while 7. dxe5 mostly leads to quiet endgames.

[Diagram: White to Move] Knight on a7 is trapped, but White has an unexpected resource to gain strong initiative!

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