|Jul-26-03|| ||Helloween: The Rio De Janerio Variation is essential study for positional 1...e5 players. |
|Aug-06-04|| ||RonB52734: I notice that in the C67 as currently played, after 4...♘xe4 and 5.d4, black immediately retreats the ♘ to e6. Obviously, there is some known trap afoot if he doesn't. Can anyone explain? |
|Aug-06-04|| ||BiLL RobeRTiE: The threat of Re1, pinning the Knight to the King, needs to be parried. 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 O-O Nxe4 5 d4 exd4? 6 Re1, for example. 5...Be7, blocking the King off, is playable as well. |
|Aug-07-04|| ||RonB52734: Thanks, <Bill>, I can see it now. The attraction of 5...♘e6 as opposed to 5...♗e7 is that the ♘ move attacks the ♗ at b5. Nevertheless, my computer at 9 ply (admittedly shortsighted) prefers the ♗ move slightly. I appreciate the reply. |
|Aug-11-05|| ||atripodi: What are the differences (insofar as the nature of the game is concerned) between all of black's possible moves after 9.Nc3 in the main line? It looks like 9...Ne7, 9...Ke8, 9...Be6 and 9...h6 are all playable, and that most Berlin players play more than one of these. What is the reason for this?|
|Dec-13-05|| ||Kriegspiel: <RonB52734> You have a typo in both posts: 5...Ne6 is impossible after 4...Nxe4; that should read 5...Nd6.|
Incidentally, what is the name of the Open Berlin Defense variant which continues: 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5? These moves are common in the Opening Explorer and programmed into Jester's opening book, but I can't find this variation at any of three Internet sites, e.g., www.the65thsquare.com containing lists of opening variation names, though there are two with 6.dxe5 instead of Bxc6.
|Jan-18-06|| ||SniperOnG7: I have always answered 1.e4 with c5...never 1...e5! However, recently iv begun to get very interested in playing the open game. To avoid a ruy lopez theory overload, iv decided to play the Berlin Defence. Can anyone suggest a good book on it? Also, i realize its better to have 2 defences so i am also wondering what other defence is good (ie sound but not 2 much theory or transpositions)?
Help will be much appreciated. Thx|
|Feb-06-06|| ||hamworld: maybe 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d4 Be7 is more popular than Nd6 since I believe it's complicated and Be7 in devolopment is better!|
|Dec-06-06|| ||atripodi: <Can anyone suggest a good book on it?>
Kaufman's Chess Advantage in Black and White uses the Berlin as it's major response to 1.e4 and explains ideas pretty well. Of course you're also paying for the rest of the repertoire that may be useless for you.|
|Aug-07-07|| ||get Reti: Could someone explain to me why in the Berlin if after d4 black plays 5... Nd6 6. Bxc6 white should capture with the d pawn, but if he plays 5...Be7 6. Qe2 Nd6 7.Bxc6 black should capture with the b pawn?|
|Dec-04-07|| ||Cactus: <get Reti> In the first variation, by taking with the d pawn, black gets a nice queenside pawn formation and an open file. In the second one, white can play
This is extremely awkward. It has to be answered with Bd7 (not the best square for the bishop), and then there is a pin of the bishop, and black can't castle queenside (which he would in many other Berlin variations) because the queen won't move. Not very good :P
|Aug-06-08|| ||ILikeFruits: ich bin ein berliner....|
|Oct-23-08|| ||Cactus: Ever since Kramnik's 200 match, this opening has exploded, and in the current European Club Championships it seems to be the most common answer to 1.e4. Also, notably, none of the games with this opening have been decisive.|
|Jul-27-09|| ||whiteshark: Opening of the Day <Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense <1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6>> Opening Explorer|
following the mainline <4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3>
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|Jul-27-09|| ||blacksburg: <SniperOnG7> <I have always answered 1.e4 with c5...never 1...e5! However, recently iv begun to get very interested in playing the open game. To avoid a ruy lopez theory overload, iv decided to play the Berlin Defence.>|
if you can handle the volume of theory in the sicilian dragon, i wouldn't worry about theory overload in the ruy.
|May-05-12|| ||GrahamClayton: Can someone tell me who the J Rogers of the Berlin Wall variation is? Here is an example of this line:|
Yifan Hou vs Z Almasi, 2012
|May-05-12|| ||JohnDahl: Gaige's <Chess Personalia> lists a <John Rogers>, born 1833, died 13/08/1905. |
A snippet of his <BCM> obituary can be seen here: http://books.google.co.uk/books?lr=...
|Nov-23-13|| ||Cushion: Probably the most important opening today.|