Studying Old Games (Part 6)

Here’s another old game and another Ruy Lopez, though this time it features one of my chess heroes, Paul Keres.

Keres was a great specialist in the Black side of the Ruy Lopez and developed many different ideas for use in practical games. Here he adopts an unusual move order with 4…Be7 and then 5…d6, presumably to try and confuse his opponent. In the ‘little centre’ position that followed 7.d4 exd4 he had the two bishops. And as the geme progressed he gradually brought their latent strength to bear:

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in Southport in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days he teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 14 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game.