The Berlin Wall
The Berlin variation of the Spanish is one of the most popularopenings among world class players. After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5Nf6 Black can play a completely sound opening based mainly onunderstanding rather than memorizing theory. Many opening booksmake this claim, but the scarcity of forcing lines in the Berlinmean that in this case it is true. The trick is to gain therequisite understanding, and this is where John Cox’s eloquentprose comes into its own. After reading his explanations it will beclear why this robust opening has gained the nickname The BerlinWall.