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Learn from the Legends: Chess Champions at Their Best [Paperback]

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Item description for Learn from the Legends: Chess Champions at Their Best by Mihail Marin, Morton Manus, Amanda Vick Lethco, Alexandra Isaievych Mason, Henrietta M. Smith, Karlene Jones-Bley, Martin E. Huid, Erika Sausverde & Szaulius Ambrazas...

In this ambitious work, Romanian chess grandmaster Mihail Marin examines and explains the contribution of the eight chess legends who most strongly influenced his own development. The eight chess stars considered are: Rubinstein, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Tal, Petrosian, Fischer, Karpov and Korchnoi. This enlightening study of the best chess of yesterday is guaranteed to help the readers in their own games, because, as we all know, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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Studio: Quality Chess
Pages   344
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2006
Publisher   Quality Chess
ISBN  9197524484  
ISBN13  9789197524483  

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More About Mihail Marin, Morton Manus, Amanda Vick Lethco, Alexandra Isaievych Mason, Henrietta M. Smith, Karlene Jones-Bley, Martin E. Huid, Erika Sausverde & Szaulius Ambrazas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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[1] 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.

Mihail Marin was born in 1965.

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Learning from games of some of the greatest chess players  Oct 11, 2006
Romanian Grandmaster Marin takes from the games of eight of the world's best chess players over a large span of time and gives a solid analysis. It explains why and what is important about these players and their games. Such books (examples of others I liked: "Understanding Chess" and "Unbeatable Chess Lessons and More Unbeatable Chess Lessons") are very helpful in getting to understand important ideas and provide them from actual play. I also liked "The Chess Kings" that covers games and analysis and tells about the history of the great players. From Grandmaster Marin you get a good dose of great instruction along with some interesting background on the greats! I would have given this book five stars if it didn't have a lot of mistakes in typos where some moves couldn't be played and the position was wrong (I doubled checked to make sure it wasn't me). When the typos are cleaned up, then five stars!
The best work about world champions  Jan 13, 2006
This chess book is one of the kind. Most people with expirience when reading a new chess book find a lot of familiar or well known subjects and themes in it. And when u buy some world champions biography book, esentially u buy a book about one person and one style of play, with lot of similary played games in it. Lets say u buy an excellent Shirov book "Fire on board". You know more or less exactly in what direction every game would lead. And you will have a lot of inspiring tactics training in it. Or u buy great Gligoric book "I Play Against Pieces", and suddenly feel like a great strategist.
But this book, this Mihail Marin one is everything of that compiled in just one book trying to tell the most important things everyone of these eight great players learned us in chess. And it succedes in it very well indeed. Its like saying: Lets get to work, we have no pages to trash here. So Marin went to work, and hit everyone of those great masters frontally, in the head. He succesfully realised what were the best strenghts of everyone, and jumped in the right chair in every chapter.
My favorite chapter nevetheless is still the last one about Korchnoi, maybe because I like the guy and his atitude, and although author titles his chapter as Victor Korchnoi-an Universal player, to me the story tells us about fighting spirit of the great man.
I think that after reading the Petrosian chapter, I wouldnt be scared sacryficing an exchange any more, and I would be playing an opposite coloured bishop endings better and in different way after reading a Karpov chapter.
There are few small mistakes I was able to detect, mostely in analysis part, but they are not of serious nature, most of those are only tipfelers. Let me ilustrate that: on page 256 is said: "Black already threatens Rh6"; it should be sad Bh6, or on page 217 63.Ke3 move is impossible, since enemy king is on d2; or the name of Ljubomir Ljubojevic is written on page 218 as Lubomir etc. Those are really small mistakes that dont influence the overall performance of this excellent book.
I can say nothing more but absolutely recommend this title to everyone.

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