The Modernized Ruy Lopez – Volume 1
The Modernized Ruy Lopez – Volume 2
“If you want to become a better chess player, learn the Ruy Lopez opening.” Those words of wisdom were given to me by one of my first coaches when I was a sevenyear-old kid in Vietnam. As I made my way into the world’s top forty, I have realized that my coach’s statement could not be more accurate. Throughout my professional career of more than 20 years competing in strong tournaments all over the world, the Ruy Lopez has appeared countless times in my practice with both colors. The main challenge in studying this fascinating opening, in my humble opinion, is to dissect the vast amount of options and absorb the most relevant information for your game. In the absence of an experienced coach who can guide you through those steps, a chess player may spend weeks studying the Ruy Lopez, yet he or she may not fully understand the strategic ideas behind long variations.