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    Play the Schliemann 201

    The Ruy Lopez Schliemann Defense, also known as the Jaenisch in Europe, is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5!? - a fighting, unbalanced choice. This course will show that the opening is playable and a good surprise weapon with plenty of dynamic chances.

    Many lines sacrifice a pawn for excellent piece activity in both middlegames and endgames.  These lessons show all white divergences leading up to our recommended main line which is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5!? 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6!? - a favorite of GM Bruno Parma and played with success by GM Teimour Radiabov in more recent times.  We discuss the Parma system in depth in the final four lessons of the course.

    • 1The Quiet 4. d3 ...
    • 6.5The premature 4. d4 ...
    • 2The weak 4. exf5 ...
    • 7.5Parma 6. Qe2 d5 7. Nxf6+ gxf6 ...
    • 3The weak 4. Qe2 ...
    • 8.5The feeble 4. Bxc6 ...
    • 4Introduction to the Schliemann...
    • 9.5Parma Main Line 10. Bxc6...
    • 5The Parma Line 5... Nf6 6. Nxf...
    • 10.5Parma 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 ...
    • 64. d4 Piece Sac...
  • Author
    Mark Ginsburg

    Mark Ginsburg received his IM title in 1982.  He has played against many Grandmasters in the USA and in Europe.  His peak USCF rating was 2578 in 1993.