Berlin Wall – GMs Jan Gustafsson and Paco Vallejo

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The Berlin Wall (or Berlin Defense) went from relative obscurity to being the most discussed opening in chess when Vladimir Kramnik used it to successfully frustrate Garry Kasparov in 2000, ultimately winning the World Championship.

Since then Magnus Carlsen has employed it in many top games, notably his matches against Vishy Anand in 2013 and 2014.

If you play 1.e4 or meet that move with 1…e5 then this is an opening you need to be familiar with.

GMs Paco Vallejo and Jan Gustafsson join forces to reveal the main ideas for both sides in this 1h 20m course. The early exchange of Queens does not mean the game will be simple and understanding all the opportunities and difficulties, plus their solutions are essential for good results.

This course provides you with everything you need to know to confidently navigate the murky waters of the Berlin Wall and come out on top.


1. Berlin Intro
2. Ideas for Black
3. Ideas for White
4. Kc8
5. Ke8

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4 hours






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