5 Best books about Ruy Lopez opening

Ruy Lopez opening is one of the most popular openings in the chess world. This opening is played by many strong players such as Caruana Fabiano, Nakamura, Ivanchuk, Anand, etc. Almost every top player played Ruy Lopez opening in their career. Ruy Lopez’s line is derived from famous player Ruy Lopez sangura.

Ruy Lopez opening is very hard to understand and study. There are always novelties and new lines are coming in Ruy Lopez. Some of these books give a direct repertoire, some of them provide instructive games while some just touch upon key concepts in the Ruy Lopez.

There are various variations in Ruy Lopez. These variations are also very deep. To study Ruy Lopez it is important to read books and watch some awesome DVDs. Here we are giving some book suggestions on Ruy Lopez. Some of the books are for the black side and some are from the black side.

A Spanish Repertoire for Black by Mihail Marin

This book is published by quality chess and written by Mihail Marin. Mihail Marin is a well-known grandmaster and author of many chess books and recorded many chess DVDs. In this book, he covered Spanish opening which is a variation in Ruy Lopez.
Spanish opening variation is 5th move N*e4. Spanish opening is very much a popular opening against Ruy Lopez. This book is very old but still a gem. I recommend this book for players who got some basic ratings and has some knowledge about chess.

Fighting the Ruy Lopez

This book is written by Milos Pavlovic and published by everyman chess. This book is perfect for beginners who want to learn how to play against ruy Lopez. They have suggested a marshall attack from the black side which is a very famous defense against Ruy Lopez. The Marshall is a perfect weapon for Black, as it avoids passive positions and the so-called ‘Spanish torture’ of many other variations.

The Ruy Lopez Move by Move


This book is published by everyman chess publication. Move by the move is the best series to learn openings for beginners. This book is written by Neil Mcdonald. He is a well-known chess player. Move by move series is my personal favorite and it covers all essential knowledge for beginners. It covers the following things.

Essential guidance and training in the Ruy Lopez

Important ideas absorbed by continued practice

Covers both mainline and d3 repertoire options for White

Understanding before Moving 1: Ruy Lopez – Italian

This book is published by a thinker publication. Thinkers publication is a very well-known book publication house owned by GM Romain Eduard. This book is written by Herman Grooten. This book provides an overview of the positions and corresponding plans arising from the Ruy Lopez and Italian Openings. This learning method was developed by the author enabling the chess player to understand any structure that is derived from both opening set-ups.

The Chigorin Bible – A Classic Defence to the Ruy Lopez

This book is written by a very well-known author Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov and published by Thinkers publication. Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov is a very famous coach also. He has coached the Iranian team which included GM Firouzja Alireza, GM Parham Magsoodloo, etc. Grandmaster Mathew Sadler said this about this book in new in chess magazine 2019 – “Probably not an easy read for the club player, but still an original and high-class exploration of one of the most important openings in chess. It’s a really good book! 5 stars”

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