The Ruy Lopez remains one of the most popular chess openings, both at club level and among top players. In this book, the companion volume to his acclaimed bestseller Bologan s Black Weapons in the Open Games, Victor Bologan presents a cutting-edge repertoire for Black based on the favorite lines of Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian. Bologan s Ruy Lopez for Black is more than just a well laid-out, clearly explained and eminently playable set of responses against the Spanish Opening. Bologan presents TWO different options against every main line. It s actually two books in one And there s a lot more: -- A quick guide for those who are new to the Ruy Lopez and have little time -- An instructive strategy section: how pawn structures define important themes -- The Fast Lane repertoire (in every chapter) indicates the minimum you need to know -- A wealth of new ideas in old lines -- A clear-cut presentation of tactical motifs -- Transpositions and move-order subtleties are clearly identified -- Traps & tricks are visually marked -- Many examples from Bologan s own games -- 2200 games referenced and presented in a separate index -- Lots of practical tips Victor Bologan has taken the chess opening repertoire book to a next level. He has created a unique instrument of chess instruction for players of almost any playing strength."