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How to crack the Berlin Wall with 5.Re1

Languages: English
ISBN: 978-3-86681-582-7
Delivery: Download, Post
Level: Tournament player Professional
€29.90
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The Berlin Defence which arises after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 gives White a hard nut to crack, and the solidity of the line led to its nickname “Berlin Wall”. The mainline 5.d4 in particular leads to positions in which White has had trouble to prove any advantage. On this DVD Latvian top player Alexei Shirov proposes a different approach. He recommends to play 5.Re1 which leads to a symmetrical position that according to Shirov is not boring at all. With a whole range of grandmaster games Shirov shows that White can indeed develop pressure and seize the initiative and that the position is full of subtleties. Other players also noted the move 5.Re1 as an option against the Berlin and it is no coincidence that this line was played in the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin in New York 2016. On this DVD you get an insight how top grandmasters and chess professionals do opening research and how theory continually develops in modern tournament chess. Of course you also get a first-class weapon against the Berlin which helps you to be at least one step ahead of your opponent. Suitable for advanced club and tournament players.

• Video running time: 4 h 30 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with 50 model games
• Including CB 12 Reader

System requirements

Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 12/Fritz 13 or included Reader and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet connection for program activation.

Sample video

Contents

  1. 01: Introduction [12:26]
  2. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1
  3. 02: 5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nf5 8.Nf3 d5 9.d4 0-0 10.c3 Re8 11.Bd3 Bd6 12.Rxe8 Qxe8 13.Qc2 g6 14.Nbd2 - Shirov,A - Kramnik,V [39:07]
  4. 03: 5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nf5 8.Nf3 d5 9.d4 0-0 10.c3 Re8 11.Bd3 Bf8 12.Rxe8 Qxe8 13.Qc2 g6 14.Bf4/Bg5 - Shirov,A - Inarkiev,E [14:38]
  5. 04: 5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 0-0 8.d4 Nf5 9.Nf3 d5 10.c3 Bd6 11.Bd3 Re8 12.Rxe8 Qxe8 13.Qc2 g6 14.Bg5 - Shirov,A - Sepp,O [34:19]
  6. 05: 5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0-0 9.d4 Bf6 10.Re1 Re8 11.Bf4 - McShane,L - Kramnik,V [22:56]
  7. 06: 5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0-0 9.Nc3 Bf6 10.Re1 Re8 11.Nd5 Rxe1 12.Qxe1 b6 - Shirov,A - Aleksandrov,A [11:08]
  8. 07: 5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0-0 9.Nc3 Ne8 10.Nd5 Bd6 11.Re2 c6 12.Ne3 Bc7 13.Nf5 d5 14.Ne7+ - Vachier-Lagrave - Giri,A [26:10]
  9. 08: 5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0-0 9.Nc3 Ne8 10.Nd5 Bd6 11.Re1 c6 12.Ne3 Be7/Bc7 - Shirov,A - Caruana,F [27:45]
  10. 09: 5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0-0 9.Nc3 Ne8 10.Nd5 Bd6 11.Re1 c6 12.Ne3 Be7 13.c4 Nc7 14.d4 d5 15.cxd5 Nxd5 16.Nxd5 cxd5 17.Bf4 Be6 - Areshchenko,A - Bacrot,E [18:23]
  11. 10: 5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0-0 9.Nc3 Ne8 10.Nd5 Bd6 11.Re1 c6 12.Ne3 Be7 13.c4 Nc7 14.d4 d5 15.cxd5 Nxd5 16.Nxd5 cxd5 17.Bf4 Bf6 Carlsen,M - Caruana,F [15:38]
  12. 11: Overview [25:31]
  13. Test questions
  14. 12: Test 1 [01:32]
  15. 13: Test 2 [01:36]
  16. 14: Test 3 [02:17]
  17. 15: Test 4 [02:40]
  18. 16: Test 5 [02:43]
  19. 17: Test 6 [01:18]
  20. 18: Test 7 [01:31]
  21. 19: Test 8 [01:14]
  22. 20: Test 9 [01:26]
  23. 21: Test 10 [03:27]
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