Item description for The Berlin Wall: The Variation That Brought Down Kasparov by John Cox...
The Berlin variation of the Spanish Opening is one of the best and most popular openings among world-class chess players because there are relatively few forcing lines. Black can play a completely sound chess opening based on understanding, rather than memorising theory. The Berlin was Vladimir Kramnik's major weapon with Black when he defeated the great Garry Kasparov to become World Champion.
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Studio: Quality Chess
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2008
Publisher Quality Chess
ISBN 9185779024 ISBN13 9789185779024
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More About John Cox
John Cox is a FIDE Master and former junior international. This is his first book for Everyman.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Berlin Wall: The Variation That Brought Down Kasparov?
Superb opening instruction Aug 21, 2009
I am completely in awe of the author's accomplishment.
How many times have you read about an opening book claiming to focus on ideas and been disappointed? Well, this time you won't be. Cox spends some 130 pages on deep deep explanatory material before he even starts talking theory. Now this isn't an easy opening and it's going to take alot of work to absorb all the positional motifs and endgame subtleties and piece evaluations, but the material is there for you. The book has done its job to perfection - the rest is up to you.
You learn which pieces are valuable and for what reason, which trades are advantageous, what plans White will likely adopt and how to counter them, which pawn moves are appropriate in which cases, how to position your King, how to coordinate your pieces to blockade White's pawn majority, specific recurrent tactical motifs, and I could go on and on.
Cox offers repertoire coverage of three systems of development after the initial position, Kramnik's ...Bd7 against Kasparov, Kaufman's ...Be7, and the contemporary ...Ne7, each of which has a different character. He does not offer coverage of divergences before 3...Nf6 but refers you to Mihail Marin's Beating the Open Games (outstanding itself, but in a different style).
Now I mentioned that it is not easy material. Some of the endgame discussions, for example, assume you have a clue, which in my case was a bit optimistic, but even in those cases it offers great material for study and analysis so that you can come to understand his points as you improve. The third endgame study, to offer one example, passes over a long corresponding squares sequence (I think) without comment. There is still enough simple material though for modest players to get their money's worth many times over straight out of the gate.
The Berlin is one Ruy that you might actually get to play, given that it has a short entry sequence. If you don't get that far then Mihail Marin's wonderful book has your back. The combination is a remarkable collection of material that will help any player learn and play the open games seriously and with growing confidence. You really couldn't ask for more.