[December 27, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
Ruy Lopez, Morphy Defense – Anderssen Variation (incl. Duras Variation)

[Line 385 : 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3]

The Anderssen Variation, starting with 5. d3, is quite a popular way to avoid many heavily explored variations of the Ruy Lopez. White mostly settles for equal positions, but doesn’t have to worry about more complex lines, such as the Open Variation, Marshall Attack or Closed Defense.

Black has more than one way to get satisfactory positions. He can make use of the fact that he still hasn’t develop black squared Bishop, and play 5… d6 followed by a kingside fianchetto, like in our main line: 5… d6 6. c3 g6 7. O-O Bg7 8. Nbd2 O-O.

The Duras Variation (5… d6 6. c4), later often followed by Bxc6, is a sideline that typically leads to a quiet game.

The other promising line for Black is 5… b5 6. Bb3 Bc5, where if White doesn’t want to transpose to some other lines, he can also try 7. Nc3 d6 8. Nd5, though after 8… h6 Black should be fine.

[Diagram: Black to Move] White is an exchange up and Bishop on d4 is hanging. How should Black fight for the compensation?

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