- Paperback: 215 pages
- Publisher: Thinkers Publishing (30 January 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9492510669
- ISBN-13: 978-9492510662
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer rating
Modernized Berlin Wall Defense Paperback – Import, 30 January 2020
Paperback, Import, 30 January 2020
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Let's start with the positive things: The author analyses not only the Berlin Endgame, but also lines like the 4.d3-variation or the 4-knights. Nothing to take for granted in books about the Berlin Wall.
But I have a lot of problems with the book.
1.) The biggest drawback is, that most moves and lines are given without any explanation! His analysis might be objectively fine for all I know - I haven't checked it yet-, but all I see is a bunch of engine lines. I thought this kind of book disappeared since the early 2000's, when authors recognized, that their readers are more interested in plans and ideas. This leads to my second point:
2.)Nowhere in the book I find any explanation, what black is aiming at in certain structures. I mean, for example the Berlin Endgame is pretty much defined by its pawn structure, so IMHO you should definetly include model games, what kind of transitions you should avoid at all costs with black and in which positions, you might even think about playing for the win. Such a part is completely missing. Even worse: Sometimes he writes stuff like: "The White plan in this position is easier to formulate than blacks" and then he stops and doesn't even explain, what the White plan is. It feels quite bizarre.
3.) The (engine) lines are chosen very selective. Quite often in the book he just starts a line (even in absolutely unforcing positions) on move 15,ends it 7 moves (14 half-moves) later and gives it an evaluation, without looking at other alternatives within this line (and obviously without any explanation, why this certain line should be considered to be particularly important. To my eyes the lines given look very random.
4.) The diagrams are annoyingly small
5.) Sometimes he writes stuff like: "And here we reached a position, where the players played an instructive game" and not only does he not explain, what it is, that makes the game instructive. He doesn't even give the following moves, so the reader has to search for the game himself in a database, if he wants to see the follow up.
6.) On the last page he cites a hundred games to study, to learn more about the Berlin Endgame. That is something I find absolutely ridiculous. If you give so many games, you should prioritize them! Or divide them into different themes. (It would not be that hard. Just give the headline: "Here are some games, where White was successful on the kingside" and then put the fitting games below that and categorize the others games in similar fashion.) It is as if the author wants to say: lol, I forgot to teach you anything substantial for your understanding, so get yourself another source and learn it there, lol.
I would definetly not recommend this book, if you want to learn this opening.