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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Gazelle (1 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907982507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907982507
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 18 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chess Grandmaster Mihail Marin offers a complete White repertoire with 1.c4, the English Opening, in three volumes. The theory is state-of-the-art with many novelties suggested, but most useful of all are Marin's lucid explanations of how to play the resulting positions.Volume One covers all lines after 1.c4 e5.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert E on 23 May 2014
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This is another excellent book by M.Marin of opportunities and problems in the English opening
[this one of 1c4..e5 variations]
It deals with the Botvinnik System c4,g3,e4 , ,the Reversed Dragon [...e5...d5,] Keres Variation [.....e5.c6]
the Karpov [...e5....Nc6...Nf6... Bc5].
and reversed Rossolimo [e5..Nc6...Nf6...Bb4] and some minor lines
I have not finished this book ,it is over 400 pages.
The ideas and moves are clearly explained and I would recommend it to any 1c4 player over 160 ECF
For a shorter introduction I would recomend Kosten's Dynamic English
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Aldridge on 1 Dec. 2014
I have had problems with poor quality binding from this publisher, they simply fall apart.
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A Delightful and Instructive Tome of Knowledge! 8 April 2014
By Cybertal - Published on Amazon.com
Having come back to competitive chess after a long break, I was seeking to rearm myself with opening theory and a resharpening of all the rusted up thought machinery I would be relying on. Having lost my taste for the e4 of my youth, I cast about for quieter and more positional options. The English, perfectly fitting that bill, was a natural choice - and Marin's outstanding trilogy was a wonderful way to become acquainted with this subtly complex opening.

The first book in his trilogy deals solely with 1. c4 e5, and this focus allows him to cover all of Black's responses in exorbitant detail. He doesn't just cover opening ideas - he really digs into the resulting middlegames (and even endgames!) and extracts the important structures and ideas to guide the prospective English student along the way. You aren't just memorizing by rote here - Marin is really instructing you on how to play a whole English game.

Marin's proposed move order also allows White to skip a great deal of the "established" theory on the English. By playing 1. c4 e5 2. g3 (instead of 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3), White is able to skip the massive main slog of the English Four Knights. An early Black bishop to b4 allows White to reach a reversed Rossolimo, with good chances of an edge. It also gives White an easier time of dealing with the Keres - 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 c6! is a well respected equalizer for Black, whereas 1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. d4 is much different (no c3 knight to kick around!).

A few very minor caveats:

1) Some players might not appreciate his recommendation of the Botvinnik structure against an early ...g6 from Black. These positions are heavy on strategic maneuvers and light on coherent move orders and tactical calculation - perhaps stodgy wouldn't even be an unkind way to describe it! I appreciated the chess education from Marin by learning this line and I wholeheartedly love the recommendation, but some English players prefer other more "modern" feeling lines.
2) The recommendations versus the Reversed Dragon (length wise, the main chunk of the book) feel a bit...light, at times. Marin is a far stronger player than I will most likely ever be, and he's obviously put months of hard work into this book, but (for instance) his 11...a5 chapter feels a bit dodgy for White. At the very least, Marin didn't analyse Black alternatives extensively enough in a few spots. But perhaps analysing them for myself advanced my chess education far more than being told? :D

These are extremely minor issues though. Marin's achievement here is astounding - you're really getting a full English education (opening, middlegame and endgame) by reading these books. You'll be better both as an English theoretician and a general chess player by buying them.
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Deep Analysis of c4, e5 4 Jun. 2014
By TechnoMed - Published on Amazon.com
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Exhaustive coverage of 1. c4, e5 lines, the most frequently encountered response to 1. c4.
Don't think you know the English Opening without the analysis in this book!
Have not ordered the other two volumes, to round out this author's work on the English, but this one is so good, I will eventually have them all.
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I bought all as it is my favorite opening 17 Jun. 2014
By Joseph Putnam - Published on Amazon.com
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It was worth it. My level of understanding of this opening is at an all time high. the in depth discussion of opening plans is like no other book out there.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
loved it 9 Nov. 2013
By Stan Beers - Published on Amazon.com
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loved it, explained clearly and had great examples. easy read..the stars are yellow but I wanted to give maximum rating
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