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chris21 60 ( +1 | -1 )
For Cairo or/and atriflix Your advice is always sound so I was wondering if you could help me. When playing the black side of the Ruy Lopez I seem to be struggling to attack in any way. I have a very good memory do I can make the first 15 or so moves without really thinking, but when all my peices are looking nice and positioned I'm struggling for a way to gain an advantage. I even struggle against players rated around the 1300 mark with this opening. I'm thinking of finding an alternative to 2..Nc6 (after 1...e5) Can you give me and general guidelines?

Thanks very much.

P.S other people are welcome to post too if they want.
superblunder 68 ( +1 | -1 )
try playing the marshall attack! 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d4!? 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5...and one line goes 11....c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 etc. Black has sacrificed a central pawn for very nice open lines against white's king and a slight lead in development. Often black either wins back the pawn, gives checkmate, or finds a perpetual check leading to draw by repetition, it is a somewhat risky but very sound aggressive choice for black in the Ruy lopez. Of course the downside is you must be ready to play against the king's gambit, bishop's opening, 4 knights, italian game, scotch, etc. Some of which can be even harder to find winning chances for black than the spanish game.
chris21 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the advice, although I've played the marshall attack here at gameknot three times, lost two and only won the other through timeout:(
cairo 18 ( +1 | -1 )
I'm no expert on the Roy Lopez, I very rare played it myself.
How about changing the e5 to c5 or c6 :-))

Best wishes
atrifix 24 ( +1 | -1 )
The Marshall is a good way to get a draw, but then there are also the Anti-Marshall lines. The Petroff is also pretty solid.

I know you already play the Sicilian, but have you thought about playing the French or Caro-Kann?