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chris21 ♡ 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Closed Spanish question. I've been studying the closed spanish recently and after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 0-0 9.d4.. I've seen that all the masters play 9...Re8. Why aren't they worried about 9..Ng5 attacking f7? I've always thought 9..h6 would be better here. Does anyone know why...Ng5 isn't a problem? I know white can play 10. d5 but still...
bogg ♡ 23 ( +1 | -1 )
chris21 In the variation you mentioned 9. ... Bg4 is almost universally played.
If you mean after 9. h3 Bb7 10. d4, then it is considered a draw. After 10. Ng5 Rf8 it is thought that White has nothing better than 11. Nf3.
That is very old reasoning, I haven't played 1. ... e5 in years.
bogg ♡ 10 ( +1 | -1 )
chris21 Make that
After 11. Ng5 Rf8 it is thought that White has nothing better than 12. Nf3.
caldazar ♡ 75 ( +1 | -1 )
First off, White doesn't really want to play d5. The whole point of the Ruy Lopez is to get that nice d4/e4 pawn center. Hence, 9. h3 is often played before 10. d4 so that the immediate 9. d4 is not met by 9... Bg4, undermining control of d4. (9. d4 is perfectly playable, though).

Ng5 responses to ...Re8 aren't an issue because after Black replies ...Rf8, the knight on g5 doesn't do anything useful. There's no further pressure against f7, no way to attack h7, and the knight is not particularly stable on g5 in any case. Meanwhile, the knight has been removed from its f3 post where it pressures d4 and e5 so it'd rather be on f3, where it serves a more useful function. If all White wants is a draw by repetition, Ng5 is fine, but in general most players are looking for more than just a draw when holding the White pieces.