Annotated Chess Game 10951499 by 64squaresofpain

Annotated Chess Game 10951499 by 64squaresofpain

Annotated Games

The Berlin Wall...... of PAIN!

  • 1. e4 e5 2. Ng1f3 Nb8c6 3. Bf1b5 Ng8f6
    The Berlin Defence. This is an opening I never used to like the look of - particularly the Black side - but then I saw how popular it was amongst GM's and thought "Well, if it's good enough for them..."
    • 4. O-O Nf6xe4
      So I began to study the opening, looking at GM level games (such as the recent Carlsen vs Anand match) to try at least play what is known as the main line
      • 5. d4 Ne4d6 6. Bb5xc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nd6f5 8. Qd1xd8 Ke8xd8
        This is still common theory, but look at Black's position here: doubled c-pawns, no centre pawns, and a King without a castle... I can understand why some players avoid playing this
        • 9. h3 Kd8e8 10. Nb1d2
          The deviation from main line theory begins to happen here
          • 10... Bf8c5 11. Nd2b3 Bc5b6 12. c4 Bc8e6 13. g4
            ? Although not many great alternatives seemed to be available (perhaps Bf4) this move was a mistake, as it weakens the King, and allows Black to gain tempo by hitting the Rook- exploiting the pin on f2
            • 13... Nf5g3 14. Rf1e1 Be6xc4
              thus losing a pawn... at least Bf4 would have stopped Ng3
              • 15. Bc1g5 h6 16. Bg5h4 Ng3e2 17. Kg1h2 g5 18. Nb3d2 Bc4d3 19. e6
                It was probably fine for Black to take the Bishop on h4 now, but I didn't like the idea of my King becoming even more exposed than what it was already
                • 19... f6
                  And besides, this move stops his Knight from using the e5 square, which I thought could have led to tricky stuff
                  • 20. Bh4g3 Ne2xg3 21. Kh2xg3 Ke8e7
                    Now to deal with this pesky passer
                    • 22. h4 Ra8d8 23. Nd2f1 Bd3c4 24. b4 Bc4xe6 25. Re1e4 Ke7f7 26. Ra1e1 Rh8e8
                      This is good for Black.. I'm starting to see how the Berlin can be used as an effective, aggressive defence
                        Game started
                        15 Dec '14
                        Last move
                        04 Feb '15
                        Game Lost
                        Created
                        04 Feb '15
                        Updated
                        04 Feb '15
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                        Annotation Id
                        4371