Ruy Lopez Richter Variation


Inspired by another game I recently played against a friend on Facebook, over the next few posts, I’d like to dig into a tricky line in the Open Ruy Lopez called the Richter Variation, characterized by the move 7.d5, instead of the more usual bishop retreat.

Its namesake may sound familiar as he’s well known for his contributions to Sicilian theory, in particular the Richter-Rauzer variation (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5).

Anyway, I digress. For a taste of the possible fireworks, here’s an illustrative miniature from the man himself.

I’ve been meaning to give this line a try for a while now, so knowing my friend’s repertoire includes the Open Ruy, I thought our online correspondence game would make for a great outing. Alas, despite notching the point, I really think he missed a couple wins. I’ll first present it sans commentary then come back to it as a launching point for further investigations.

If you’ve played any games in this line, from either side, please share your experience and moves in the comments.


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