Blitz Adventures#6: The Ruy Lopez

[Date “2017.11.24”]
[White “Jtrot79”]
[ECO “C84”]
[WhiteElo “947”]
[BlackElo “990”]
[TimeControl “600”]


This is probably one of my most accurate games to date, at least at the 10 minute time controls. I spent a little time today reviewing the typical opening variations of the Ruy Lopez and found a variation that I enjoyed and came up often in matches online. To be exact it is the “Ruy Lopez Opening: Morphy Defense, Closed, Martinez Variation, 6…b5 7.Bb3” which I had seen Fischer play a lot and incorporated the ideas that I wanted to go for when setting up an early position.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 [This entire move order is by the book and exactly what I had prepared for]

…O-O 8.Bg5 [The least popular move in the data base coming in at 12 with 1 game played, this also being the last move in a Grandmasters game. I was looking to trade the Bishop for the Knight to relieve some of the pressure on the center with ideas of attacking Queenside. My opponents next move might as well have been a wasted tempo as I was going to trade all along and put his Bishop in a passive position]

…h6 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.c4 [ As I had said I was looking to open the Queen side as my opponents pieces were still undeveloped and passive on the back rank or King side]

….Na5 [At this point the position is slightly in Blacks favor however I expected this move and if the Knight were to swap for the bishop I would be able to develop my Queen with the recapture]

11.cxb5 axb5 12.a4 Nxb3 13.Qxb3 bxa4 14.Rxa4 Rxa4 15.Qxa4 [Having completed my idea to open my Queen side, I was looking to put the Rook in the center opposite the Queen and bring the Knight to c3 taking hold of the center and threatening some discovery on the Queen]

…d5 16.Rd1 dxe4 17.dxe4 [Here my Rooks protection from the Queen was overlooked and my opponent must have thought he had a back rank mate and quickly made the move]

…Qxd1+ 18.Qxd1 Rd8 19.Qc2 Bg4 [Completely fine as I needed an opening to escape to free my Queen from babysitting the back rank]

20.Nbd2 c6 21.h3 Bh5 [The best move was to capture the Knight and bring Blacks Rook to d6 to protect his c6 pawn which has some ideas of trying to promote]

22.Qxc6 Bxf3 [Wasted tempo on a move that should have been done in the first place]

23.Nxf3 Rd1+[Harmless check and it allows me to secure my King with ideas of marching up the g file with my pawns]

24.Kh2 Bg5 25.Nxg5 hxg5 26.Qc5 f6 27.b4 Rd4 28.f3 Kf7 29.b5 Ke8 30.b6 Kd7 31.b7 Rb4 32.Qxb4 Kc7 33.b8=Q+[The typical pawn escort followed by a quick mate in the center of the board]

…Kc6 34.Q4b5# 1-0

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