The Berlin Wall, also known as the Berlin Defense, is one of the most solid and frequently played openings of the 21st century, and compared to the real Berlin Wall, there’s almost no chance of it falling. Introduced into serious practice during the WCC match between Kasparov and Kramnik in London in 2000, it heralded a change in chess from the dynamic and romantic style of the 20th century towards a more pragmatic, solid, resourceful and forwardlooking approach. Kramnik won the match and the Berlin Defense became extremely popular. The DVD is divided into two parts. In the first section, we look at what happens when White avoids the endgame in the “Anti-Berlin” systems, while the second section deals with the Berlin ending. Lately, White has been playing Anti-Berlin setups much more frequently - as they cannot find anything in the main Berlin. In a way, this alone is testament to its power! The endgame should be treated as serious, complex setting with lots of possibilities, including many tactical tricks. It goes without saying that studying the Berlin Defense will improve your understanding of the endgame dramatically. The course also includes a number of exercises aimed at improving your practical skills in the Berlin. The DVD caters for a wide range of audiences that ranges from beginners right through to highly skilled players. Add the Berlin Wall into your repertoire and pass the headache of “what to play against it?” to your opponent!

• Video running time: 4 hours 07 min(English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Exclusive database with over 50 essential games plus analysis of variations by Bologan
• Including CB 12 Reader


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • 01: Introduction [06:00]
  • 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6:
  • 02: 4.d4 exd4 5.0-0/e5 - Analysis [12:21]
  • 03: 4.Qe2 Bc5 - Analysis [07:02]
  • 04: 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bd6 6.Nbd2 Be6/Bg4 - Analysis [04:59]
  • 05: 4.d3 Bc5 5.0-0 d6 - Analysis [06:55]
  • 06: 4.d3 Bc5 5.Nbd2 0-0 6.Bxc6 bxc6 - Analysis [02:53]
  • 07: 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 various 7th moves - Analysis [13:46]
  • 08: 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nbd2 - Analysis [09:09]
  • 09: 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 bxc6 various 6th moves - Analysis [16:38]
  • 10: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 various 7th moves - Analysis [06:08]
  • 11: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.dxe5 Nxb5 7.a4 Nbd4 - Analysis [11:05]
  • 12: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bg5 Be7 - Analysis [05:39]
  • 13: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8 various 9th moves - Analysis [10:36]
  • 14: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8 9.h3 Bd7 - Analysis [14:50]
  • 15: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8 9.Rd1+ Ke8 - Analysis [22:28]
  • 16: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.b3 Kc8 - Analysis [09:54]
  • 17: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.Rd1 Kc8 - Analysis [16:07]
  • 18: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.h3 h6 various 11th moves - Analysis [12:46]
  • 19: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.h3 h6 11.b3 Kc8 - Analysis [11:56]
  • 20: 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8 Kxd8 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.h3 h6 11.b3 c5 - Analysis [16:39]
  • Test positions
  • 21: Position 1 [01:56]
  • 22: Position 2 [01:56]
  • 23: Position 3 [02:04]
  • 24: Position 4 [02:06]
  • 25: Position 5 [01:02]
  • 26: Position 6 [01:29]
  • 27: Position 7 [01:52]
  • 28: Position 8 [01:26]
  • 29: Position 9 [01:28]
  • 30: Position 10 [01:34]
  • 31: Position 11 [01:31]
  • 32: Position 12 [02:01]
  • 33: Position 13 [01:06]
  • 34: Position 14 [01:40]
  • 35: Position 15 [01:07]
  • 36: Position 16 [01:22]
  • 37: Position 17 [01:34]
  • 38: Position 18 [01:10]
  • 39: Position 19 [01:17]

Berlin Defence

Garry Kasparov had to grind his teeth in his WCh match in the year 2000, since he was unable to win a single game with White against Vladimir Kramnik’s Berlin Defence. The latter then received the nickname of the Berlin Wall. As a result 3...Nf6 against the Ruy Lopez also became ever more popular amongst other grandmasters and the analytical efforts were stepped up in order to find for White some sort of promising setup against this super-solid defence.

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