Title: Ruy Lopez: Exchange Variation (Chess is Fun)
Author: Jon Edwards (Chess is Fun)
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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5

Named after a 16th century Spanish priest, the Ruy Lopez grew in popularity towards the end of the 19th century and is a regular visitor to tournaments today. The basic idea is simple enough. White develops the bishop to attack the Nc6, the only defender of the e5-pawn.


Black’s most frequent response, putting the question to the bishop. White now often retreats the bishop to a4, preserving the bishop and aiming for long term…