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Old 09-18-2015, 01:03 PM   #6
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Re: Is Banning the Ruy Lopez: Berlin Wall Feasible?

Do you think that among high level GMs, black can virtually force a draw against 1 e4? Because black would normally want to do that aside from specific situations in a tournament where the player with black needs a win. But afaik 1 e4 is still commonly played, and frequently black doesn't play the Berlin or even 1 ... e5. If this drawing weapon was so reliable, I'd expect 1... e5 almost exclusively (between two relatively evenly matched GMs where black would generally be happy with a draw). Either white has other good options after 1 e4 than "playing into the Berlin", or the Berlin Wall while drawish still gives white some winning chances, or GMs with black aren't being logical in their opening choices when they opt for anything else.
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