Battle with the Berlin Defense – GM Leonid Kritz

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This chess DVD is an in-depth analysis of the Berlin Wall opening. It starts with some side variations and moves chapter by chapter towards the main position of the opening – the Berlin Endgame.

While working on this DVD, my intention was not only to provide the listeners with detailed variations but also to help them achieve deeper positional comprehension about how to play this unique type of opening struggle.

Ideas and strategic understanding matter much more in the Berlin Endgame than learning variations by heart. However, as in every modern opening nowadays, there are lines that must be learned and there are single moves that must be known before you start employing the Berlin Defense in practical tournament games.

Such lines are highlighted throughout the DVD, and particularly important moments are especially emphasized.

When you study the material presented here, you should try to find the golden middle between the number of moves you memorize, and the level of positional understanding you achieve. I wish you good luck in your own games by applying what you learn about the Berlin Defense in this chess DVD.
<h2>About Grandmaster Leonid Kritz</h2>
GM Leonid Kritz is a strong chess Grandmaster at 2612 FIDE and has achieved numerous impressive chess results (Youth World Champion U16 in 1999, GM at age 19 in 2003, Chess Olympiad representative in 2004, and SPICE Cup Co-Winner in 2008). In this chess DVD, GM Kritz instructs viewers on how to play one of the most interesting and different chess openings ever created - the Berlin Defense.

Since Vladimir Kramnik used the Berlin Defense to beat Garry Kasparov in the 2000 World Championship, this eccentric opening system has achieved widespread popularity among club players and professional Grandmasters alike due to the incredibly solid nature of black's position. In this chess DVD, GM Kritz explains how black can easily achieve strong equality early in the opening - and if white does not play the best moves, it is black who will be fighting to win the endgame thanks to the advantage of the two bishops! This chess DVD is designed for intermediate and advanced players and will teach you the basic fundamentals, critical lines, and deep positional understanding of the Berlin Defense and how to fight for the win with black against the Ruy Lopez.
<h2>Chapter Outline</h2>
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 	<li>1. - Introduction</li>
 	<li>2. - 4.d3-Qe2-Nc3</li>
 	<li>3. - 4.d4</li>
 	<li>4. - 5.Re1</li>
 	<li>5. - 6.Ba4</li>
 	<li>6. - 6.dxe5-6.Bg5</li>
 	<li>7. - 6.dxe5 Continued</li>
 	<li>8. - 9.Rd1-9.Nc3-11.Bg5-Nge4</li>
 	<li>9 - 9.Nc3 Continued</li>
 	<li>10. 9.g4 Main Line</li>
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01/05/2019
Sean G.

I think that this video series

I think that this video series is for intermediate to expert players.The famed defense has a well known reputation of being solid way to play against the Ruy Lopez. Grandmaster Leonid Kritz will teach you how to play this defense with excellent play. Leonid Kritz teaches you to equalizes with ease with Black, and to punish White players for any dubious moves. For example, in the second chapter Grandmaster Leonid Kritz gives you this idea of kicking the bishop on g5 back as soon as possible with h6 then g5. The sacrifice on g5 isn't a valid approach for white, and soon some of white's pieces become passive. In this variation, you gain the option of winning the bishop pair for yourself. This video series is sure to leave you equalizing with ease against Ruy Lopez players.

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08/31/2014
Mario O.

The nine chapters explain all

The nine chapters explain all the important lines in a clear and easy way about the Berlin Defense. DVD without waste

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08/31/2014
Elisa T.

The Berlin defense is one of t

The Berlin defense is one of the most popular defense and I thought I knew everything about this defense but since I saw the youtube video I felt curiosity so I bought the DVD. This DVD helps me a lot to deep understanding and to improve all my games.

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01/14/2014
Calvin H.

Openings expert GM Leonard Kri

Openings expert GM Leonard Kritz explains one of the most popular defenses against the Ruy Lopez. By following his clear cut explanations, Black should achieve equality relatively early in the game and if White is not careful, he can find himself fighting for a draw! The viewer will also learn a lot about developing a sound middlegame strategy. This DVD is geared more toward the advanced player.


Overview

Empire Chess – Vol 10GM Leonid Kritz

This chess DVD is an in-depth analysis of the Berlin Wall opening. It starts with some side variations and moves chapter by chapter towards the main position of the opening – the Berlin Endgame.

While working on this DVD, my intention was not only to provide the listeners with detailed variations but also to help them achieve deeper positional comprehension about how to play this unique type of opening struggle.

Ideas and strategic understanding matter much more in the Berlin Endgame than learning variations by heart. However, as in every modern opening nowadays, there are lines that must be learned and there are single moves that must be known before you start employing the Berlin Defense in practical tournament games.

Such lines are highlighted throughout the DVD, and particularly important moments are especially emphasized.

When you study the material presented here, you should try to find the golden middle between the number of moves you memorize, and the level of positional understanding you achieve. I wish you good luck in your own games by applying what you learn about the Berlin Defense in this chess DVD.

About Grandmaster Leonid Kritz

GM Leonid Kritz is a strong chess Grandmaster at 2612 FIDE and has achieved numerous impressive chess results (Youth World Champion U16 in 1999, GM at age 19 in 2003, Chess Olympiad representative in 2004, and SPICE Cup Co-Winner in 2008). In this chess DVD, GM Kritz instructs viewers on how to play one of the most interesting and different chess openings ever created – the Berlin Defense.

Since Vladimir Kramnik used the Berlin Defense to beat Garry Kasparov in the 2000 World Championship, this eccentric opening system has achieved widespread popularity among club players and professional Grandmasters alike due to the incredibly solid nature of black’s position. In this chess DVD, GM Kritz explains how black can easily achieve strong equality early in the opening – and if white does not play the best moves, it is black who will be fighting to win the endgame thanks to the advantage of the two bishops! This chess DVD is designed for intermediate and advanced players and will teach you the basic fundamentals, critical lines, and deep positional understanding of the Berlin Defense and how to fight for the win with black against the Ruy Lopez.

Chapter Outline

  • 1. – Introduction
  • 2. – 4.d3-Qe2-Nc3
  • 3. – 4.d4
  • 4. – 5.Re1
  • 5. – 6.Ba4
  • 6. – 6.dxe5-6.Bg5
  • 7. – 6.dxe5 Continued
  • 8. – 9.Rd1-9.Nc3-11.Bg5-Nge4
  • 9 – 9.Nc3 Continued
  • 10. 9.g4 Main Line


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