The Ruy Lopez, also called the Spanish Opening or Spanish Game, is a chess opening characterised by the moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 The Ruy Lopez is named after 16th-century Spanish priest Ruy López de Segura. It is one of the most popular openings. His 1561 treatise was one of the first books about modern chess in Europe. The Ruy Lopez is so popular it's hard to find a player who hasn't played it at some point in their chess career as it typically leads to open games, with a lot of play for both sides.
Diagram - in this Ruy Lopez rapid-play game White takes advantage of his open position with connected advanced pawns and the bishop strategically placed on f2
👍 A typically aggressive game by Bobby Fischer
💔 Video - a little bit of chess history (9:28)