Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms #11
Chess Wisdoms and Aphorisms. #11.
Chess is a game of trends and fashions.
So - ‘Stay with the in-crowd and wear the right clothes!’
As you might be aware, the ‘in’ opening for Black at the moment is the Berlin Defence of the Ruy Lopez in reply to white’s 1. e4!
Now, instead of bemoaning that ‘this is a thoroughly analysed line, the Qs come off and it’s a draw, thank you.’ This is what you do. Simply find a game in which the Berlin Defence has been thoroughly outplayed. Then guess what? You will find that the Berlin player allows White to form a classical centre and castle without a counter attack on white’s centre. The Berlin player falls into the trap which we mentioned in ’Chess Wisdom’ #10. Classical v Hypermodern. So in fact the Berlin can fail because, if misplayed, it is neither a correct ripost to the Classical opening by white, or a Hypermodern Defence attacking White’s centre.
So go with the fashion and now you can ‘wear the right clothes’ to beat the Berlin! This admirable game which follows show how to beat the Berlin in 21 moves. Now you can look forward to your opponent playing the Berlin.