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Modern Berlin
Compiled by azaris
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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 Ne7

Bold plan 12...Be7 13. Ne2 h5!? 14. Rd2 h4 seizes initiative
Negi vs Karjakin, 2005
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 47 moves, 0-1

After 29.e6! the attack stops and the weak pawns decide
Short vs I Sokolov, 2005 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1-0

Rerouting the knight to e6 instead of g6
Bologan vs Naiditsch, 2005 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 0-1

The strange plan 12. Nh4 h6 13. Nxg6 backfires
Jakovenko vs Bacrot, 2005
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 0-1

Against better defense h7-h5-h4 leads nowhere
Motylev vs Karjakin, 2005
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Premature kingside attack leads to permanent weakness
V Belov vs Kharlov, 2005
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 1-0

10.Bf4 and 11.Bg3 does not impress
G Vescovi vs Granda Zuniga, 2005 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 0-1

14...h6 tries to unsuccessfully improve on Leko-Kramnik, 2004
Motylev vs Zhong Zhang, 2005
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

Utilizing the back rank nicely for counterplay
J Polgar vs Topalov, 2005 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Failed attempt at controlling the queenside
J Polgar vs Topalov, 2005 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 64 moves, 0-1

After 15...a6, Black is already worse
Kasimdzhanov vs Topalov, 2005 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pawn sac leads to a draw line
Svidler vs Kramnik, 2004
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

The bishop can be given back with 14...Bb4 to achieve equality
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Black doesn't get much at all out of the opening
Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2004 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 90 moves, 1-0

Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Krasenkow, 2003
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Svidler vs E van den Doel, 2002
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 44 moves, 1-0

Grischuk vs Ponomariov, 2003 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Ponomariov, 2003 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 64 moves, 1-0

A Volokitin vs F Vallejo Pons, 2006 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

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