I agree with the condemnation of computer analysis in the opening. This forum is for this specific opening only. In conclusion, 9 h3 Bb7 10 d3 d6 is the most common line in the 9.h3 anti-marshall. Maybe I wouldn't want to avoid it if I could learn it better. A quick search on amazon leads to The Marshall Attack by Bagdan Lalic as a book with both Marshall main lines and anti-marshall lines. NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Nb8 11.Nc3 Nbd7 12.Bg5 Nc5 13.Ba2 Ne6 here's the first two examples i ran into in a quick search. Nf3 Nc6 is very natural. it's a much better idea to look at what strong players have played. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited. Joshua Doknjas has put together a repertoire for White based firmly around contemporary trends in the Lopez. The first few moves of the Ruy Lopez opening are easy to follow: 1. e4 e5 2. See something that violates our rules? i always play <8.d4>, but Mihail Marin writes in "A Spanish Repertoire for Black" that 7...d6 is more accurate if you are not playing the Marshall Attack, as after 7...O-O, white can cause some problems with <8.a4>. All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration. so with ...bxa4, black is essentially saying, "hey white, don't worry about developing your a1 rook, just leave it there, i'll give it a free open file, and an isolated pawn as a target, too!". The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a chess opening enjoyed by chess players from complete beginners to the world champion, Magnus Carlsen! 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nd5 g6 16.Qd2 Bg7 17.c3 Kh8 18.d4 Qd7 19.Rad1 Rae8 20.Qc2 Qc8 21.dxe5 dxe5 22.Ne3 Nf4 23.Kh2 f5 24.Nd5 Nh5 If 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Ruy Lopez' book "Libro de la … as far as i know, Kasparov NEVER allowed the Marshall Attack in a serious game. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café. Other moves such as 8 d3 and 8 a3 are less common. Written by a renowned Ruy Lopez expert, this guide covers all Black's main replies. And that same idea also applies to the Ruy Lopez. black is "developing" white's a1 rook for him. then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion. Sorry for being so defensive, and thanks again for the explanation. Messages posted by Chessgames members By the way, does anyone know of any good books on the Ruy Lopez with good analysis and especially a large coverage of the anti-marshall systems and the marshall attack. Bc4 and 3. d4, are also easy to understand, but may not be the strongest. it's not really forced. The opening bears the name of Ruy López de Segura, a Spanish priest from the 16th century who published a book on chess in the year 1561.