Normally all of you Unconventional Chess readers think I am going to be talking about some crazy opening like the Clemenz or the Kadas all the time. Not so as there are so many other openings to discuss! I am going to be discussing an opening that is NOT unusual but rather how can we take an opening that is universally accepted and play an unusual line to make it more interesting and exciting? I try to go and find recent games but even the games from old still offer valuable lessons. Let’s analyze this game where in the database, there are only 2 known examples of this opening line in the Ruy Lopez and see how you can play this line to your benefit!

Opening: The Case of An Early Fortress

From my perspective this game involving the Roy Lopez starts off as quiet. Yet black introduces a new move very early on with 5. Ng6. It is a great move because the knight is eyeing the kingside while giving the dark squared bishop an open diagonal. 6. c3? is a mistake by white because it is too slow and neglects development. A much better move would have been d4! (which plays for the center immediately) or Nc3 followed by d4 completing the development of the bishop. 10. c4! is a great move by white as it prevents black from trying to counter-attack on the queenside with his b-pawn while keeping the pawn on a light square opposite his dark squared bishop.

Middle Game: The Danger and Ease of Miscalculating

In the middle game, it is very easy to miscalculate and think more aggressively than the situation allows. White should have finished the development of his dark squared bishop with (13.Be3) as a waiting move to see how black would respond but instead played 13. Ng5 which is overaggressive and doesn’t accomplish anything.

Considering that black’s dark squared bishop is weak, he wisely takes advantage of white’s mistake with 13. Bxg5. and then further challenges white’s center with 14. f5!

White then made a disastrous mistake with 21. Qh5 which will ultimately seal the fate of the game.

Why would he leave his rook hanging I have no idea.

End Game: A Fighting Chance That Never Was:

White tried to start a counter attack with 22. Nf6 which ultimately is the case of “bark but no bite”.

This does nothing because after black takes the knight, black can then intercept with 23. Bf5! which completely cuts off white’s bishop while preserving blacks comfortable material advantage.

The rest I will allow you to analyze to judge for yourself where white went wrong but after 33. Rgxg7, white resigns.

Lessons Learned:

It seems that the theme of not trying to force things can’t be said enough. White tried to force an attack for which there weren’t any incentives to do so after 13. Ng5. Make it a point in your games to sometimes play some waiting moves to see how your opponent will react. The key to winning is being patient as being too aggressive can backfire. Also, pawn moves that look tempting can also create wholes which the opponent can exploit as the square that the pawn(s) were defending is no longer defended. I hope you enjoyed this game and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to answer!


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