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Here is a world-class chess repertoire for Black against 1.e4. As the title suggests, the repertoire is based on the respected Spanish Opening, or the Ruy Lopez, as it is sometimes called. In his previous book, Beating the Open Games, Grandmaster Mihail Marin dealt with Whites options up to 3.Bb5. Now Marin provides all the answers for Black after 4.Ba4. This depth of chess expertise has rarely been published for a mass audience before, as grandmasters usually prefer to keep their secrets. The complexity of the material could have been daunting, but Marin is also a master of explaining profound ideas to a wide audience.
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More About Mihail Marin
Mihail Marin (born 21 April 1965) is a Romanian chess Grandmaster. As of November 2009, his FIDE rating is 2607. Marin's first major success in international chess was in qualifying for the Interzonal in 1987. He has won three Romanian Championships and has played in the Chess Olympiads ten times, winning a bronze individual medal in 1988. For several years he was editor of the magazine Chess Extrapress.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Spanish Repertoire for Black?
The best chess opening book I've ever seen Dec 11, 2007
I've got a lot of opening books, but none like this.
Marin's Beating the Open Games, and A Spanish Opening Repertoire for black combine the best features of an informant encyclopedia style layout, and English descriptions of the concepts.
Each variation is summarized at the end of every chapter in an Informant Encyclopedia type layout. The notes on the moves are in English and offer far more explanation than someone would get from an Informant Encyclopedia. In addition, the main concepts are shown using games and verbal explanations prior to the Encyclopedic layout at the end of the chapter.
Amazingly, no one else has ever organized an opening book this way. It's always been one or the other. Games with notes, or Informant like dumps with symbols.
Both books are essentially repertoire books for Black, but players on the White side will get some benefit as well. I'm sure a lot of these lines will start showing up in tournaments in the future.
For the main line of the Ruy Lopez (Spanish Opening), Marin offers two systems for Black, The Rubenstein system or the Petrosion system, so don't expect to learn the Marshall attack. Even if you have no desire to play the main-lines that Marin offers, this book has the best analysis available for a lot of sidelines White can throw at you.
I actually switched my repertoire from the Sicilian (1.e4 c5) to 1.e4 e5 temporarily because of Marin's two books. They offered a simple and effective way for me to initially study that line of play without having to refer to a lot of other sources. I wasn't completely happy with using his Rubenstein recommendations however. I'll probably try the Petrosian system next, or perhaps find something that covers the Marshall attack to complement Marin's analysis.
I believe these books are probably effective for anyone rated from 1400 on up to even Grandmaster. The concise Informant like tables that document the lines at the end of each chapter will appeal to stronger players and the early chapter explanations with sample games are good for anyone learning the opening.