Autor: Bernal, Luis
Verlag: New in Chess
A Straightforward Guide for Black and White
The Berlin Defence has been a highly popular opening in top level chess ever since Vladimir Kramnik famously used it in the 2000 World Championship match to wrest the title from Garry Kasparov.
Club players often hesitate to include ‘the Berlin’ in their repertoire because they see the typical Berlin Wall endgame as complex and daunting.
International Master Luis Bernal has unraveled the Berlin and made it accessible for amateur players. His practical guide is fully up to date, explains typical formations and strategies, and presents new ideas and resources in the old Berlin Wall structures.
But today, the Berlin is much more than just the Wall. Bernal systematically leads you through the labyrinth of the various modern Anti-Berlins with their constant flow of new ideas. He also presents a number of tricky sidelines that could catch your opponent off guard.
This no-nonsense, state-of-the-art guide finally brings this important chess opening within reach of club players. With clear explanations, concise conclusions and didactic exercises.
Luis Javier Bernal (1971) is an International Master from Spain, an experienced chess trainer and a well-known journalist.
Explanation of symbols
Preface by the author
Chapter 1 - Fourth move alternatives
Chapter 2 - 4.d3 d6
Chapter 3 - 4.d3 Rc5: Introduction, and the development of the b1-knight
Chapter 4 - 4.d3 Rc5 5.Rxc6 dxc6
Chapter 5 - 4.d3 Rc5 5.0-0
Chapter 6 - 4.d3 Rc5 5.c3: Sidelines
Chapter 7 - 4.d3 Rc5 5.c3 0-0 6.0-0 d6
Chapter 8 - 4.0-0 Nxe4: Alternatives to 5.d4
Chapter 9 - 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4: The Berlin jungle
Chapter 10 - The Old Berlin: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Be7
Chapter 11 - 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6: Alternatives to the endgame
Chapter 12 - The Westerinen-Eslon Variation: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Ne4
Chapter 13 - The Berlin endgame: from Lasker to Kramnik
Chapter 14 - 9... h6
Chapter 15 - Eljanov’s Repertoire
Chapter 16 - The Blockade Variation
Chapter 17 - 9...Ke8, lines without ...h7-h5
Chapter 18 - The Check Variation
Chapter 19 - The Almasi-Kramnik Variation
Chapter 20 - Game collection
Chapter 21 - Instructive Berlin positions
Chapter 22 - Solutions
Index of names
Index of games
Index of variations
276 Seiten, 2017, kartoniert, englisch.