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Classical Ruy Lopez (C65)
Although I have never played this line over the years I have looked at it on and off, being attracted by some of the traps and the fact that I haven't weakened my queenside which can occasionally be a...

Started 09/06/09 at 13:54:58 by snakebite
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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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By: ano
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Berlin sideline
With I wanted to play an open game, and play an attacking game, but I didn't like early pawnsacrifices. I was study the Ruy Lopez and I found an interesting variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6...

Started 05/02/06 at 20:23:03 by Waster
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By: Waster
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Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence with 7 ...Ne4!?
Has anyone got any thoughts as to why, when the Berlin Wall set-up with 7 ...Nf5 is all the rage, 7 ...Ne4!?, as championed by Westerinen, is so rarely played? Its theoretical reputation seems sound e...

Started 11/19/04 at 07:50:18 by Michael Ayton
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By: Michael Ayton
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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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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 2875 Last Post 12/31/18 at 01:10:03
By: Leon_Trotsky
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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
2 2258 Last Post 11/22/08 at 17:15:02
By: boki
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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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Kamsky - Topalov game 2 RL classical defence
I was looking at the game in the subject which features a line which causes some concern for me.
1.e4  e5  2.Nf3  Nc6  3.Bb5  Nf6  4.0-0  Bc5 5.Nxe5
This is the most forcing line for white ...

Started 05/30/09 at 15:24:18 by Schaakhamster
3 4305 Last Post 03/03/10 at 16:59:53
By: Markovich
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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 2885 Last Post 05/22/09 at 01:27:10
By: GMTonyKosten
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Berlin Wall Question
Hello, recently I looked at the following line in the Berlin: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 and now 9...Ne7 10.h3 Ng6 11.Ne4 h6 12.b3 c5 13....

Started 01/04/09 at 22:17:12 by MilenPetrov
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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 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 is cancelled
For all of you who were looking forward to Jacob Aagaard's "Berlin Wall" scheduled for this spring, I've got some bad news.  I got an email today from Jacob that the book has been cancelled.

Started 03/24/06 at 19:39:33 by Nietzsche
4 2651 Last Post 03/29/06 at 18:48:36
By: J-dog
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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
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By: Justinhorton
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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
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By: trw
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9...Ne8 against 5.Re1
This line, which has been played a number of times by Aronian, seems to lead to more unbalanced positions than usually in the 5.Re1 Anti-Berlin. Is this a good way for black to play for a win?
I ...

Started 12/20/19 at 18:01:41 by stockhausen
7 1572 Last Post 05/16/20 at 21:38:28
By: mn
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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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