Ruy López de Segura

1530 - 1580

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Rodrigo "Ruy" López de Segura (c. 1530 – c. 1580) was a Spanish chess player, author, and Catholic priest whose 1561 treatise Libro de la invención liberal y Arte del juego del Axedrez was one of the first books about modern chess in Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ruy López de Segura has received more than 182,794 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Ruy López de Segura is the 22nd most popular chess player (down from 20th in 2019), the 361st most popular biography from Spain (down from 286th in 2019) and the most popular Spanish Chess Player.

Ruy lópez de segura is a chess opening that has been played for over 500 years. It is most famous for being the first chess opening to be analyzed extensively.

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Among chess players, Ruy López de Segura ranks 22 out of 376Before him are Adolf Anderssen, Samuel Reshevsky, Paul Morphy, Paul Keres, Siegbert Tarrasch, and Richard Réti. After him are Vera Menchik, David Bronstein, Miguel Najdorf, Johannes Zukertort, Akiba Rubinstein, and Bent Larsen.

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Among people born in 1530, Ruy López de Segura ranks 9Before him are Étienne de La Boétie, Louis, Prince of Condé, Uesugi Kenshin, Jean Nicot, Anastasia Romanovna, and Yasuke. After him are Jan Kochanowski, Christopher Báthory, Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Starina Novak, Juan de Herrera, and Giambattista Benedetti. Among people deceased in 1580, Ruy López de Segura ranks 7Before him are Andrea Palladio, Luís de Camões, Anna of Austria, Queen of Spain, Lala Mustafa Pasha, Henry, King of Portugal, and Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy. After him are Hieronymus Wolf, Taqi ad-Din Muhammad ibn Ma'ruf, Anne de Pisseleu d'Heilly, Inés Suárez, Alonso Mudarra, and Dorothea of Denmark, Electress Palatine.

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Among people born in Spain, Ruy López de Segura ranks 361 out of 2,595Before him are Narciso Yepes (1927), Juan, Count of Montizón (1822), Sancho I of Pamplona (865), Diego de Landa (1524), Arturo Pérez-Reverte (1951), and Emilio Butragueño (1963). After him are Sergio Ramos (1986), Eusebi Güell (1846), Ibn Jubayr (1145), George Santayana (1863), Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1492), and John of Ávila (1500).


Among chess players born in Spain, Ruy López de Segura ranks 1After him are Luis Ramírez de Lucena (1475), Juan Corzo (1873), Arturo Pomar (1931), Miguel Illescas (1965), and Francisco Vallejo Pons (1982).