# What are White's main ideas in the exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez?

I was wondering what are the main ideas for white in the exchange variation, Ruy Lopez opening.

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Thank you.

• Survive until the endgame and hope for advantage with the double c-pawns? – SmallChess Dec 1 '15 at 15:23
• This is a bit broad. There are many different lines. – Dag Oskar Madsen Dec 1 '15 at 18:28
• @DagOskarMadsen I am just asking some main ideas of the variation's main line, so I am not so interested in the different lines. Do you think I should edit my question in order to make it more precise? – johnny09 Dec 3 '15 at 16:34