Mastery: Openings

Learn the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense

Learn the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense

In the Berlin Defense White can force a complicated endgame or head for open play. It's considered one of Black's most solid defenses against the Ruy Lopez.

  • Learn the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense

    The Berlin Defense is one of the most popular and solid defenses against 1.e4. Learn the key ideas for both White and Black in this key opening.

    • 19 min
    • 10 challenges
  • Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense Thematic Tactics

    The Berlin Defense features numerous unique tactics, often in a complex queenless middlegame. Try to find winning tactics for both sides.

    • 10 challenges
  • Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense Model Game

    Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand have played several Berlin Defense games in World Championship matches. See if you can find how Carlsen took the lead in their 2014 match.

    • 1 challenge
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