This will be the concluding discussion on the Berlin Defence. Today we will study the remaining two of Black's 9th move alternative, Variation B23: 9...h6 and Variation B24: 9...Ke8. Let's start without wasting any time.
Variation B23: 9...h6
Now let's move on to the next and last possible reply from Black, Variation B24: 9...Ke8
You might find the above variations a little difficult to follow, but my advise to you will be to follow one sub-variation at a time and make the positions clear in your head, and then only proceed for the next one.
The truth is, this is where The Ruy Lopez gets more and more interesting inspite of the fact that it is actually getting more and more complex. And believe me, the top grandmasters of the world don't play the Berlin Defence for nothing!!
And this is not the end! From now on every variation in The Ruy Lopez will be the most precious and the most played ones.
To give you a hint, from our next post we will study The Deferred Steinitz and other fourth move alternatives for Black which will include the Norwegian Variation and the Delayed Schliemann other than the Deferred Steinitz.
So friends, you are most welcome to join us in the most detailed and most thorough study of the most widely played openings in chess history.
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