Okay, this may seem like quite a broad question, but I was looking for your take on which opening is better: the Ruy lopez, or the Giuoco Piano. From my own personal experience I have found the Giuoco much more effective, however it seems that the Ruy lopez is heavily preferred among most players on this site and in general. So what exactly does a player gain from putting that bishop on b5 as opposed to c4? I notice it's usually forced away by pawns anyways, which means white is reacting to blacks move, isn't that a loss of tempo!?! well anyways, I don't claim to know everything about chess and i'm looking for some insight from those of you who do
Thanks in advance for ANY helpful posts!!!