Ruy Lopez: The Berlin "Wall"

Check and Balance: The Berlin Endgame

27/08/2021 –  The Ruy Lopez – Berlin Defense is classified as underrated chess variation because of inferior pawn structure at queenside. However, some grandmasters like this setup because of their preference to positional  or endgame play.  GM Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So are both positional players, therefore it suits them using the Berlin Defense. 

Let’s check 2 games below why it requires patience and endgame technique to be able to master the Berlin Defense.

CHESS BLOG No. 20 : Date: 27th August 2021

The Ruy Lopez - Berlin Defense - Endgame Play

We all know that tactical chess players dislike positional or endgame play. I have known this when I asked my students to study endgame always but they prefer studying complex positions, tactics and sharp chess openings. Therefore, this variation is a perfect weapon versus tactical players.

Black's position is tight yet it takes great understanding to play this variation. The advantage of it is having 2 bishops and the king already is at the center waiting for the right timing to gain its play. Let us check 2 games and learn why this opening is cunning to play against.

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ENDGAME CORNER - SOLVE THE PROBLEM BELOW

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