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My approach and a fun sac in 4.d4 anti-Berlin
Saw a thread on this move years ago and thought I'd add my new 2 cents, though it's probably not theoretically relevant to the GMs and correspondence players of the world. Another big thank you to the...

Started 05/29/19 at 06:38:12 by Smaug
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By: MW
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Poll: What should black play after 4.d3?
What should black playa after 4.d3? All the SuperGMs seem to play Bc5, but in recent games it seems like white has gotten a more pleasant position.

Started 02/01/15 at 02:43:45 by gauss
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By: TN
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Ke8 or Kc8
The original form of the Berlin endgame had the King returning to e8. In its post 2000 form, Kramnik demonstrated that Bd7 and Kc8 was also viable. Both are still played to this day. Have any clear op...

Started 05/19/15 at 11:43:01 by RdC
2 2306 Last Post 12/31/18 at 01:10:03
By: Leon_Trotsky
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The Berlin Defence - Igor Lysyj, Roman Ovetchkin
New year is starting with very good news! A Chess Stars book by Igor Lysyj and Roman Ovetchkin - "The Berlin Defence"

Started 01/12/12 at 10:17:12 by Mortal Games
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By: tp2205
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The Berlin in the Berlin Candidates
Kramnik came up with a remarkable idea in the Berlin Candidates.
Against Aronian he played 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. 0-0 Qe7 7. h3 Rg8 and won very quickly.

Started 03/13/18 at 00:04:59 by RdC
10 4622 Last Post 03/14/18 at 15:01:05
By: Keano
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The Berlin Defence Unraveled by Bernal
Has anyone read this recent book on the Berlin from New in Chess, and, if so, what is your opinion?

Started 06/09/17 at 08:32:43 by grandpatzer
4 3509 Last Post 03/01/18 at 10:17:21
By: h4rl3k1n
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The Berlin Wall by Bologan
Just came across it:
About to buy it, hopefully he may mention what variations he plans to cover in his book too.
Edit in: Just ...

Started 10/09/15 at 22:37:30 by LostTactic
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By: BenkoFan
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Is 9..b6 a solid alternative to the main lines? I know cox briefly mentions it in his book and it seems logical enough. Just wanted to get opinions (if any) on this line.

Started 07/15/15 at 15:48:13 by SupaKoopaTroopa
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By: RdC
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The 4.d3 anti-Berlin
I've been using 4.d3 as a way of avoiding the main line Berlin theory (and boredom). It's been fairly popular among the elites lately (Carlsen, Anand, Akopian, Shirov, Svidler and Karjakin have all us...

Started 04/05/11 at 04:14:42 by ahammel
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By: Keano
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Berlin Wall: Igor Lysyj book vs John Cox
I'm looking to include 1... e5 in my repertoire and thinking of purchasing one of the two books.
Can anyone who owns Igor's book give it a review?
From the sample I saw at qualitych...

Started 02/16/14 at 04:15:02 by Nacht1648
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Berlin with 6.Ba4
In New In Chess 2011/8 Levon Aronian annotates his game against Ivanchuk from Moscow last year. He mentions in passing that 6.Ba4 "seems the most logical" move in the position after the common sequenc...

Started 01/18/12 at 20:11:44 by MarkG
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By: trandism
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Berlin Wall and clubplayers?
Is the Berlin Wall a suitable weapon for clubplayers rated around 2000-2100? What do you think?

Started 10/10/13 at 09:30:21 by Appelstroop
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By: TimS
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Help needed in the Berlin Wall
Hi guys!
I recently began playing 1.e4 e5 with black (I quit the Sicilian because I wanted to play something new and I didnt like this sharp games anymore). Now I have a problem:
I have no e...

Started 04/04/10 at 20:03:43 by JAlekhine
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By: ghenghisclown
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Wang Yue's Berlin Defence and others
Wang Yue (2700) might be the most resilient advocate of the Berlin Wall and his approach is almost exclusively Be7-Nh4. The merits of this approach is that it trades the knights bringing black closer ...

Started 05/12/10 at 07:59:39 by JhF
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By: TN
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Berlin with 4.d4
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d4 is hardly ever played in master games, but it doesn't score much differently than 4.Re1 or 4.0-0. I've looked at the main lines 4.d4 exd4 5.0-0 or 5.e5, and 4.d4 Nxd4,...

Started 02/06/12 at 06:05:25 by BuildToDestroy
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By: RdC
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Classical Berlin - critical lines?
Hi, I want to ask about that one:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Bc5
Is that line currently under pressure or is it playable for Black?
Is 5.Nxe5 best try for White or 5.c3  ?

Started 01/23/08 at 18:56:05 by Dzambus
13 11667 Last Post 01/30/12 at 12:32:02
By: GMTonyKosten
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Poll: Black's best winning chances in the Berlin endgame
Carlsen recently stated that 9...Bd7 gave black winning chances in the Berlin whilst the Kramnik method (9...Ke8 followed by...h5) was drawish.  Yet Topalov has generally played ...Ne7 instead (somebo...

Started 03/11/11 at 10:17:39 by snakebite
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By: Markovich
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Berlin Wall : 6.dxe5 and 7.a4
Is there really any serious way for Black to try and avoid the draw without asking for trouble?

Started 03/31/11 at 12:38:35 by Justinhorton
5 4985 Last Post 06/09/11 at 19:16:20
By: Justinhorton
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What does White reply against the Berlin?
my first three games with the Berlin Defence started
Smiley 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Bxc6  Cry
My rating is 1900+ and my opponents were rated 1800-2000. <br...

Started 03/27/09 at 10:14:50 by emary
12 11859 Last Post 05/12/11 at 10:00:30
By: JonathanB
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Berlin wall 9...Ke8 : why does White play 10.h3?
I confess I find it really hard to get my head round this. It seem to go without comment, but what specifically is White actually gaining (or preventing) by playing this rather than another move?

Started 11/14/10 at 10:39:39 by Justinhorton
5 5114 Last Post 11/16/10 at 17:38:57
By: trw
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