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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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I was disappointed when I heard that the book on the Berlin (1 e4  e5  2. Nf3  Nc6  3  Bb5 Nf6) by Esben Lund (Quality Chess) was cancelled at that Jacob Aaagard cannot find someone else to take on th...

Started 07/02/06 at 22:00:10 by ano
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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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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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"Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Amazon has just informed me that the book will not be available at all.
 Can John or anyone give an update on status of publication or who is selling it now?

Started 06/25/08 at 16:17:17 by cma6
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By: TimS
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Berlin Wall: alternative variation
in the first round of the french's championship(Today) i've found an intersting game.
After the opening the position look dry but in fact not!
Not a new variation at all but this one seem t...

Started 08/09/10 at 21:23:36 by Djy
7 5146 Last Post 09/29/10 at 10:30:11
By: PatzerNoster
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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 12537 Last Post 01/30/12 at 12:32:02
By: GMTonyKosten
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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
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By: JonathanB
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Berlins and Black is winning
Has anyone noticed how many Berlins are being played at the Olympiad and Black is winning. The latest is
[Event "Chess Olympiad 2008"]
[Site "Dresden"]
[Date "2008.11.16"]
[Round "...

Started 11/17/08 at 01:38:47 by GabrielGale
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By: boki
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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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Help with understanding the Berlin!
Hey everyone,
I've just started experimenting with the Berlin Defence which to me seems to be a pre knowledge opening where you have to know the underlying strategy very well.
I'm hoping som...

Started 03/21/08 at 09:04:29 by Gerbarts
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By: TimS
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Berlin Wall busted?
Look at this game and you`ll see this isn´t just an eye catching headline (both engines used high end hardware Intel Xeon W5580 @ 3.2GHz x 8):
[Event "Olympiade"]
[Site "Pamplona"]

Started 05/13/09 at 19:29:11 by gewgaw
3 2854 Last Post 05/22/09 at 01:27:10
By: GMTonyKosten
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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
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By: h4rl3k1n
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Berlin defence 9...Ne7
If Black wants to avoid a draw what is the best line?
A new book I am reading 'The Chess advantage in Black and White' by Larry Kaufman recommends the following for Black against the Lopez

Started 11/08/04 at 06:44:29 by Harvey Williamson
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By: Fernando Semprun
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Is black suffering in the d3, Bxc6 anti-Berlin?
I really feel that black is suffering in the d3 Berlin if White takes on c6.
Have you Berlin players experienced this as well? It's a bit surprising. One would think it's a welcomed line winning...

Started 05/15/20 at 19:59:18 by Heuristic
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By: tony37
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Berlin sources
I’m doing a book on the Berlin for Quality Chess and I’m interested in any (preferably English-language, but I’m not that fussy) sources. The ones I know of so far are:
Almasi’s various Yearbook ...

Started 01/11/07 at 10:22:54 by IMJohnCox
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By: Michael Ayton
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The Berlin Endgame
So what's White's front runner against this at the moment? My impression is that he's still pretty much thrashing around and getting nowhere in particular.
Maybe you've just got to pliy, as Sheil...

Started 08/02/06 at 12:27:36 by IMJohnCox
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By: Strategy_Rules
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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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Books Covering the Ideas Behind the Berlin ?
Recently, IM Andrew Greet came out with a book on the Ruy Lopez (Play the Ruy Lopez, Everyman Chess) which, in addition to standard opening analysis, offers "much more explanation of ideas" which is us...

Started 02/15/07 at 10:49:47 by jepoma
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By: Markovich
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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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