The Berlin Defence by Michael Roiz Every player who meets 1.e4 with 1…e5 needs a reliable
response to the Ruy Lopez, and The Berlin Defence is an ideal solution. Ever since Vladimir
Kramnik used the Berlin to shut down Garry Kasparov’s best efforts in their 2000 World
Championship match, practically all of the world’s top players have successfully incorporated the
“Berlin Wall” into their repertoires.
The Berlin Defence by GM Michael Roiz presents a complete repertoire for Black after 1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6, offering top-class antidotes to anything White may try. From the famous
Endgame Variation to recently fashionable tries such as 4.d3, Roiz combines cutting-edge analysis
with insightful positional guidance.
Grandmaster Michael Roiz reached the top 40 in the world. He has won Olympiad Team Silver for
Israel, as well as many tournaments over the years. In recent years he has focused more on seconding
elite grandmasters in top tournaments such as the Candidates and so far one World Championship
match. The author can be contacted via chessbasic.com.
Michael Roiz is an Israeli chess Grandmaster. He learned to play chess at the age of 7. At 9, he
finished 2nd in the national championship under-10 category. In 1995 he moved to Israel, becoming
an IM in 1999 at 16 and a GM in 2003. He was a former top 40 grandmaster.