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Bishop-pair
The Ruy Lopez Question (1 of 2)

Point Count Chess, NO. 145, p208, Example Sequence

After the Opening: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 ...

Black has the Bishop-pair, but has also gained a structural weakness in the form of Doubled Pawns (c7,c6).

White has the two Knights, and structural superiority.

Beneath the ChessFlash viewer, you'll find my analysis of the position featured in Point Count Chess:
  1. PCC, p.208, No. 145, after 4...dxc6
  2. PGN

The Ruy Lopez Question (1 of 2)
My Analysis

Position #1, My Analysis
PCC, p.208, No. 145, after 4...dxc6

After: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 145 - Page 208
After: 4...dxc6

The Ruy Lopez Question: "Which has the better game?"

The answer would seem to point to which set of Pieces you find more comfortable utilizing: Knights or Bishops.

H&M-S point to players, such as Tchigorin, who apparently preferred Knights, would prefer White's army.

However, they then go on to say that the players who prefer the Bishop-pair, such as Tarrasch, Janowski and Rubinstein, "have given convincing quantitative evidence that Black has the better prospects."

This leads to an example, where Black triumphs with the Bishop-pair: see example The Ruy Lopez Question (2 of 2), No. 146A to 146C.

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PGN

[Event "PCC, p208 Diagram NO. 145"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Horowitz"]
[Black "Mott-Smith"]
[Result "*"]
[PlyCount "8"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 {PCC, p208 Diagram NO.145} *

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