October 17, 2010

Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defense Variation

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Designed for chess beginners, this lesson will give initial knowledge on the Berlin Defense variation of the Ruy Lopes chess opening. To learn the Berlin Defense variation of the Ruy Lopez, read its description in Part 1 and see Video 6 in Part 2 on this page.

Part 1: Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense Variation - Description

By statistics, the Berlin Defense variation is 10-15 % of all Ruy Lopez games.
Under correct play, the variation is considered as solid for Black with a big chance to draw.
Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense Variation Moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6.

After 3... Nf6, the strongest White answer is 4.0-0. Other White answering moves, not bad but less common, are: 4.d3, 4.Nc3, 4.Qe2, and 4.Bxc6. The main play line is 4.0-0 Nxe4. Less common lines are: 4.d3 d6, 4.Nc3 Bb4, 4.Qe2 Bc5, and 4.Bxc6 dxc6.

This variation of the Ruy Lopez is sometimes called "the Berlin Wall", and it is quite popular at the chess master level and the top level of chess. To get a feel of correctly playing the Berlin Defense variation of the Ruy Lopez, you are advised to see video 6.

Part 2: Video 6 - Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense Variation

The video consists of 3 parts. Part 1 is Introduction to the Berlin Defense variation, Part 2 will show how to play 2 proven lines (best proven moves for White and Black), Part 3 is Possibilities at Beginning. To see the video, click the Play button below:

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