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'The Berlin variation of the Spanish is one of the most popular openings among world class players. After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 Black can play a completely sound opening based mainly on understanding rather than memorizing theory.
\r\nMany opening books make this claim, but the scarcity of forcing lines in the Berlin mean that in this case it is true. The trick is to gain the requisite understanding, and this is where John Cox’s eloquent prose comes into its own.
\r\nAfter reading Cox\''s explanations it will be clear why this robust opening has gained the nickname The Berlin Wall.
\r\n· Expert guidance on one of the soundest openings
\r\n· Play the opening that Kramnik used to dethrone Kasparov
\r\n· A trustworthy opening that requires little memorization of theory
\r\nThe structure from this opening book is rather different but very understandable in the context of this particular (strategic) opening: the first 58 pages deal with typical Berlin Endgames, followed by 60 pages on positional themes. Only in the last 184 pages the theory proper is being analysed.
\r\nJohn Cox is a lawyer and International Master from London. He is an experienced author whose previous books have received high praise.\r\n
\r\nBibliography 5
\r\nPart I Understanding the Berlin Wall 7
\r\nChapter 1 Positional Introduction 9
\r\nChapter 2 Typical Berlin Endings
\r\nPawn Endings 17
\r\nKnight Endings 19
\r\nKnight vs. dark-squared Bishop 20
\r\nKnight vs. light-squared Bishop 22
\r\nBishop vs. Knight 23
\r\nBishops of the same Colour 28
\r\nOpposite-coloured Bishops 37
\r\nRook Endings 43
\r\nDark-squared Bishops & Knights 47
\r\nOpposite-coloured Bishops & Knights 49
\r\nTwo Knights vs. Bishop & Knight 51
\r\nThe Two Bishops 56
\r\nRooks & dark-squared Bishops 57
\r\nRook & Knight vs. Rook & Queen\''s Bishop 59
\r\nRook & Knight vs. Rook & King\''s Bishop 62
\r\nDouble-rook Endings 63
\r\nRooks & Bishops of opposite Colours 65
\r\nEndings with three Minor Pieces each 70
\r\nChapter 3 Positional Themes
\r\nThe e6 Break 75
\r\nSacrificing e5 80
\r\nAttacks with the Rook Pawns 84
\r\nThe Nd6/f6+ Trick 89
\r\nThe Exchange Sacrifice 90
\r\nCapturing on d5 93
\r\nThe g4 Trick 95
\r\nThe Classical Blockade Set-up 96
\r\nBlack\''s ...Nd4 103
\r\nCorrect and incorrect handling of Black\''s Queenside Pawns 104
\r\nBlack\''s ...Kc6! 105
\r\nRestraining g4 - forestalling it with ...h5-h4 106
\r\nStriking back with ...h5 after g4 110
\r\nBlack\''s ...g5 Thrust 112
\r\nBlack\''s ...f6 Break 119
\r\n...f5: Blockade or Counterattack 123
\r\nBlack\''s ...c4 Break: a Controversial Undoubling 125
\r\nBlack\''s ...b5 Break 127
\r\nDeveloping Black\''s Rook with ...a5 128
\r\nBlack\''s ...Nxe5 Trick 129
\r\nBlack\''s ...Bxc3 130
\r\nBlack\''s early King Activation 132
\r\nPart 2 The Theory of the Berlin Wall 135
\r\nChapter 4 ...Ne7 Systems without h3 137
\r\nChapter 5 ...Ne7 Systems with h3 155
\r\nChapter 6 ...Ne7 Systems without an immediate ...Ng6 177
\r\nChapter 7 ...Bd7 Systems 201
\r\nChapter 8 ...Be7 Systems 229
\r\nChapter 9 Berlin Endgame: White Alternatives and Miscellaneous Black Systems 253
\r\nChapter 10 White Plays 4.d3 277
\r\nChapter 11 Other White Tries 291
\r\nIndex of Variations 319
\r\nIndex of Theoretical Games 328
\r\n322 Seiten, 2008, kartoniert, englisch.'