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Play the Berlin Laurent Fressinet

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French Grandmaster and Magnus Carlsen second Laurent Fressinet teaches you how to play the Berlin Defence with Black. The Berlin, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 is arguably the most popular opening at the highest level, pioneered by Vladimir Kramnik and employed by Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen and many others. It also happens to be AlphaZero's first choice against the Ruy Lopez.


To obtain a solid and bulletproof repertoire against 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5.

Additional information about the video

French Grandmaster and Magnus Carlsen second Laurent Fressinet welcomes you to his new series, which will give viewers a complete repertoire against the Ruy Lopez - the popular Berlin Defence, 3...Nf6!


  • Intro

    02:03 min
  • Berlin Endgame | 9.h3

    35:38 min
  • Berlin Endgame | 9.Rd1+

    55:15 min
  • Berlin Endgame | 9.Nc3 and sidelines

    20:02 min
  • Berlin Endgame 9.h3 | Part 2: MVL vs our Berlin

    15:48 min
  • Berlin with 5.Re1 | Intro and 9.Nc3

    24:24 min
  • Berlin with 5.Re1 | 9.d4 intro and non-c3 lines

    33:28 min
  • Berlin with 5.Re1 | 7.Bd3 and 10.Re2

    27:42 min
  • Berlin with 5.Re1 | The main line

    30:44 min
  • 4.d3 | Intro and systems with Nc3

    32:30 min
  • 4.d3 Bc5 | Bg5 ideas

    32:01 min
  • 4.d3 Bc5 | 5.Bxc6 sidelines

    26:09 min
  • 4.d3 Bc5 | 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.Nbd2

    31:04 min
  • 4.d3 Bc5 | 5.0-0 and 5.Nbd2

    32:04 min
  • 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 | The main line

    49:19 min
  • 4.0-0 Nxe4 sidelines | 5.Qe2 and 5.d4 Nd6 6.Ba4

    18:31 min
  • 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.dxe5 and 6.Bg5

    44:42 min
  • Odds and ends

    43:09 min
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