Ruy Lopez with 6.Qe2 and Marshall-like antidote

Ruy Lopez with 6.Qe2Sometimes we meet rare variants on boards. Like in the case of Ruy Lopez 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 and now 6.Qe2 instead of usual Re1. What is the idea behind the white’s move and should black afraid of it? Or does black even have any weapon?

The move 6.Qe2 has this idea: the queen protects the pawn on e4 and the rook is going to d-column. The dark side of this plan is that it costs one tempi and white can miss it in the future.

The black’s usual reply is 6…. b5 7.Bb3 and now there is possibility to choose from two moves: 7…. 0-0 or 7…. d6. Today I would like to show you nice “Marshall-like” variant which appear on the board in the of the black’s rochade.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Qe2 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5!?

If white accepts the sacrifice of the pawn, he must be prepared to defend his position. Like in usual Marshall attack. Let’s look at several short variants.

Side variant 10.h3

Weaker is 9…. Nxd5

I am going to “organize” thematics tournament of some chess engines to see the possible continuations in this variant and I will publish here the games a few days later.

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5 Responses to “Ruy Lopez with 6.Qe2 and Marshall-like antidote”

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  2. I like this Marshall-like antidote, since I like Marshall attack.
    This line looks pretty close to Steiner variation.
    By the way, my rating is close to yours and my goal is the same.
    You are welcome to visit my chess blog. We can exchange links too.

  3. admin says:

    Rolling Pawns: Thank you for writing the comment here. If you like this variant, don´t miss the second part here –
    I hope we will reach our goals soon ;) Your link has been placed in the blogroll section here and I will be happy if you publish my link on your blog.
    BTW: You have very nice blog, I like it!

  4. I will look at the computer games.
    Not sure about soon for me:), but getting into “A” is a goal for now.
    Thanks for updating your blogroll, I just put a link to your site too.

  5. […] few weeks ago I wrote here about Ruy Lopez with 6.Qe2 and Marshall-like antidote line. At the end of the article I mentioned the thematic tournament of chess engines in this […]

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