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The Berlin (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6) is a variation of the Ruy Lopez with a solid reputation.

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Why should Black capture with different pawns in these similar Spanish game variations?

As a general “rule”, I have read that pawn captures toward the center should be preferred. I have found 2 different positions which look similar but the best way for Black to recapture with the pawn ...
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Why is 4…Bb4 an inaccuracy in the Berlin Defense?

[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR"] [Title "Berlin Defense"] [StartFlipped "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Bb4?! When White castles, ...
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Why does Stockfish lose against this piece sacrifice in the Berlin Defense?

In a recent YouTube video, Jonathan Schrantz presents an absurd (?) piece sacrifice in the Berlin Defense, which Stockfish seems to vastly underestimate. The engine evaluation shows around -4, until ...
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How much theoretical knowledge does playing the Berlin Defense require?

Sorry if this question is opinion based, however I think it can be meaningfully discussed. I am researching the Berlin Defense and am reading contradictory opinions on how much concrete knowledge is ...
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In the Berlin Defence, why is 4.0-0 prefered to 4.Nc3?

In the Berlin Defence, why is 4.0-0 preferred to 4.Nc3, as then White can transition into the four knights?
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In the Berlin Defense(ruy lopez), why has the Ne7 Ng6 plan gone out of fashion?

It seems that after 9. h3 or 9. Nc3, black usually plays Ke8, Bd7, h6, and sometimes Ne7. My question is: why isn't 9... Ne7 played more often, with the plan of putting the Knight on g6? Situation: [...
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Why did the Berlin Defense of the Ruy Lopez disappear from the play of World Champions before Kramnik revived it?

The Berlin defense of the Ruy Lopez was played by the likes of Steinitz and Lasker. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 However, it soon disappeared out of the play of World Champions and they ...
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Berlin Defence or Petroff? [closed]

Which one is the better drawing weapon? Which one is harder to beat? Which one is more solid? Which opening should black pick if he/she doesn't want to lose? If black needs a draw in the last ...
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