2016-02-25 - Update Line 404[September 25, 2017] Updated Opening Line by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
Ruy Lopez, Closed Defense with 9. h3 (incl. Kholmov, Smyslov, Karpov & Keres Variations)

[Line 404 : 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 without 9… Na5, 9… Nb8, 9… Bb7]

Line 404 covers some not particularly fashionable Classical Ruy Lopez variations: Karpov (9… Nd7), Smyslov (9… h6), Kholmov (9… Be6) and Keres (9… a5) Variations, as well as some rare sidelines. Karpov played his pet line several times in his famous match against Kasparov in Lyon/New York 1990.

In our opinion, White can secure the opening edge in all of the variations covered in this line if he plays the opening phase accurately.

[Diagram: White to Move] Kasparov failed to find the right path to advantage in the diagrammed position from one the above mentioned encounters between the 2 K’s. Believe us when we tell you – the key point of this extraordinary combination should not be missed!

Click here to see the line in our viewer…

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