Samuel Oni

Samuel Oni 2 years ago

Black's chances in the 5.Re1 Berlin

I would like to make the Berlin Defense my main response to 1.e4, as I particularly find the Berlin Endgame very interesting to play with Black. However, I'm not sure how Black can play for a win in the variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.Re1, as it seems that here the structures become very symmetrical, and black has some issues with coordination, making it hard for black to generate winning chances. Is it still possible to outplay white from these quiet lines, or should I only use the Berlin against strong opponents and something else against lower rated opponents?

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 2 years ago

Hi Samuel! 
What's your level? 

You are right, it's very hard to outplay opponents if they go Re1 line. 
I would recommend you to have a minimum 2 openings and keep Berlin with strong opponents.