Practical 1.d4 Repertoire for White Part 2

Nimzowitsch Defence Against 1.e4


Must-Know Structures for 1.d4 Players (Approx. 3h Running Time) 

We are happy to announce that GM Mihail Marin has completed one of his huge middlegame projects - Must-Know Structures for 1.d4 Players.
The second and final part consists of 40 extensively annotated games which are divided into 5 sections. Besides, you get access to a Video Version with a running time of 3 hours. You will find also 71 test positions.


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Play the Gruenfeld Defence - Part 2 (8.5h Video Running Time)  Updated 

The starting position of this database arises after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7
True to his style, Cheparinov always looks for dynamic, challenging and relatively less explored variations. Therefore, the suggested repertoire is perfect for ambitious players who always play for a win with Black.
The database consists of 10 Theoretical Chapters, 10 Interactive Test Positions, a Memory Booster, and a Video Version (6h Video Running Time).


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Play the Gruenfeld Defence - Part 1 (6h and 50min Running Time) 

GM Ivan Cheparinov starts another fascinating project - Play the Gruenfeld Defence. In two databases, he will provide top-level Gruenfeld Repertoire for Black. GM Cheparinov has tremendous experience in this opening. Besides using the Gruenfeld Defence as one of his main weapons, he worked on this opening as a second of the former World Champion Veselin Topalov.


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Tricky Repertoire against the Italian (1h and 40min Video Running Time) 

We are happy to present another fascinating opening project by GM Mihail Marin - Tricky Repertoire against the Italian.
In this survey, GM Marins suggests a repertoire based on the rare 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6!?
The database consists of 7 Theoretical chapters, 14 Interactive test positions, a Memory Booster, and a Video Version (1h and 40min).


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King's Indian Defence - Expert Repertoire for Black - Part 2 (5h and 40 min Running Time) 

We are happy to announce that GM Ivan Cheparinov has just released the second and final part of his project - King's Indian Defence - Expert Repertoire for Black.
In the current database, GM Ivan Cheparinov covers the Saemisch Variation, all the g2-g3 systems, and White's rare options on move 5 (in the position arising after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 d6).
The fact that lines like Jobava System, Queen's Pawn Opening, London System, and Torre Attack are covered makes the database valuable for Gruenfeld players as well.


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1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 - Play the Reti (7 hours 30 mins Video Running Time) 

If you are looking for a positional opening where the typical ideas and plans are more important than the concrete theory, Reti is your choice!
In this camp, GM Papaioannou will share his repertoire for White after 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3


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King's Indian Defence - Expert Repertoire for Black - Part 1 (10h and 50 min Running Time) 

In the current database, GM Ivan Cheparinov covers some of the most critical systems that White uses against King's Indian Defence, including the Classical System. It is very important to point out that the suggested repertoire is highly ambitious. Always, when it's possible, Cheparinov proposes relatively less explored lines where Black is trying to overtake the initiative. In the entire repertoire, you will hardly find a static position in which Black is doomed to passivity.

The database consists of 17 theoretical chapters, 17 interactive test positions, a Memory Booster, and Video Version (10h and 50min).


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Must-Know Structures for 1.d4 Players (4h Video Running Time) 

We are happy to announce the new exciting project of GM Mihail Marin - Must-Know Structures for 1.d4 Players - Part 1. In this part, GM Marin deals with 5 of the most important pawn structures every 1.d4 player should know.
The course consists of 49 extensively annotated games which are divided into 5 sections. Besides, you get access to a video version with a running time of 4 hours.


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Universal Solution against Philidor, Modern, and Pirc (6h Video Running Time) 

This product includes all the videos from the workshop as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 6 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 55 files! 


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Classical Sicilian - Expert Repertoire for Black (Approx 15h Running Time) 

We are happy to introduce the newest opening project of GM Ivan Cheparinov - Classical Sicilian - Expert Repertoire for Black. The starting position of the current survey arises after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6
Classical Sicilian has always been one of the most respectable Sicilian lines. This is a perfect weapon for uncompromising players who are fighting for a win with Black.

In this database, GM Ivan Cheparinov provides a full repertoire for Black. You can find many important theoretical novelties in his extremely detailed analysis. After studying the material, you can play the Classical Sicilian at the top level. In order to justify his concepts, Cheparinov goes for in-depth lines. Note that one can easily get lost in all the high-level analyses.

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Advance Variation against French and Caro-Kann (6h Running Time) 

The workshop Advance Variation against French and Caro-Kann is already a digital product.
This product includes all the videos from the workshop as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 6 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 73 files!


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Play the Modern Defence (5h 40min Running Time) 

We are happy to introduce the new opening project of GM Mihail Marin - Play the Modern Defence. After a long period of analysis and research, Marin is finally able to provide you with a universal repertoire that you can use both against 1.e4 and 1.d4. Besides being a highly practical choice, the Modern Defence lies on solid positional foundations. True to the hyper modernist understanding, Black constantly tries to undermine White's centre. Since the strategic imbalance is created at the very beginning, this is a perfect opening for everyone who wants to play for a win with Black.
The current database includes 64 theoretical chapters, 15 interactive test positions, Video Version (5h 40min Running Time), and Memory Booster.


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1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 - Complete Repertoire for White (6 Hours Running Time) 

The workshop of GM Papaioannou - 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 - Complete Repertoire for White is already a digital product.
This product includes all the videos from the workshop as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 6 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 91 files!


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Play the Benko - Complete Repertoire for Black (7.5h Running Time) 

Nowadays, when modern computers contribute to tremendous theoretical developments, playing for a win with Black is not an easy task. In most openings, White has more than one way to force a draw. This is not the case when it comes to Benko Gambit.

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Top-Level Repertoire against the Scandinavian Defence (7h Running Time) 

This video series builds a complete repertoire against the Scandinavian Defence.
GM Cheparinov gives a very objective and practical understanding of this opening. The course is about 7 hours long. He provides all the knowledge you need to play against this opening. The course will be also useful for players who play the Scandinavian with Black

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Ruy Lopez with 3...a6 and 4...Bc5 - Complete Repertoire for Black (Approx. 2h Running Time) 

In the introduction to the current database, GM Mihail Marin writes:
"When talking about developing the bishop on c5, the modern (or Modern Chess) reader may first think of the Neo-Arkhangelsk system, while I am still nostalgic about the classical Arkhangelsk.
There is a third possibility, though: Black can deviate from these by developing his knight to e7. This has been first played in the '30s but started its modern trend with two games played by Mihail Rodin in the first decade of the third Millenium.
One typical aspect is that in the beginning engines seem to be very critical about this setup, but after the game advances a bit they start approving Black's strategy.
In principle, White can choose between lively piece play, with chances for both sides and the classical solid approach, leaving Black with a solid and flexible position, with good chances for reaching counterplay by manoeuvring accurately."


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1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 - Aggressive Repertoire against 2...e6, 2...c5, and 2...d5 

We are happy to introduce the newest opening project by GM Mihail Marin - 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 - Aggressive Repertoire against 2...e6, 2...c5, and 2...d5.
This huge database includes 48 theoretical chapters, a Memory Booster, and a Video Version with almost 5h and 30min of running time. Additionally, at the end of the database, you will find 47 interactive test positions.


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Understand the Scandinavian 

The workshop of GM Papaioannou - Understand the Scandinavian is already a digital product.
This product includes all the videos from the workshop as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 6 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 105 files!


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1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 - Complete Repertoire for White (Approximately 6h Running Time) 

We are happy to introduce the newest opening project by GM Mihail Marin - 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 - Complete Repertoire for White.
This huge database includes 42 theoretical chapters, a Memory Booster, and a Video Version with almost 6 hours of running time. Additionally, at the end of the database, you will find 20 interactive test positions.


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Symmetrical English with 3.d4 - Complete Repertoire for White (4 Hours Video Running Time) 

We are happy to introduce the newest opening project by GM Mihail Marin - Symmetrical English with 3.d4 - Complete Repertoire for White.
This huge database includes 28 theoretical chapters, a Memory Booster, and a Video Version with 4 hours running time. Additionally, at the end of the database, you will find 15 interactive test positions.
The starting position of the repertoire arises 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 when White is planning to proceed with d2-d4 against every move.
Nevertheless, this repertoire can serve well as an Anti-Benoni system: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3. Therefore, the course will be very useful for 1.d4 players as well.


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Understand the Torre Attack - 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 

Are you tired of studying complicated computer lines in Gruenfeld and King's Indian Defence? Would you like to play an anti-computer system that is entirely based on the understanding of the pawn structures? GM Papaioannou is here to teach one of his favourite systems - Torre Attack. In this workshop, he will provide in-depth knowledge of the typical pawn structures as well as an expert-level theoretical preparation.


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1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nc6 - Practical Solution for Black (1h and 20 min Running Time) 

The Reti move order (1.Nf3 d5 2.g3) can be quite irritating, depending on the repertoire of the player with Black. In most lines, it is almost impossible to force White to deviate from his flexible setup, based on a later d2-d3 and an attack against the centre with either c2-c4 or e2-e4.
Things would become more concrete and easier to handle with Black if White was induced to play d2-d4. As long as Black did not play ...e7-e6 in the meantime, this would not transpose to a Catalan.
If Black maintains the possibility of developing his light-squared bishop actively, the combination between g2-g3 and d2-d4 tends to be harmless.
2...Nc6!? - This move, typical for the Chigorin Defence, seems to be the best solution to the complex problem posed above. The principled answer is 3.d4 when Black achieves his first aim. White has agreed on combining the fianchetto with d2-d4, in a moment when the h3-c8 diagonal is free still. On the other hand, Black still needs to justify the knight's development to c6. Unlike in the genuine Chigorin opening, White has not played c2-c4 yet, making the latent pressure on d4 sterile, at least at this stage.
The current database is designed to provide a complete repertoire after 2...Nc6.


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Understand the Bogo-Indian (5h Running Time) 

The masterclass of GM Papaioannou - Understand the Bogo-Indian is already a digital product.
This product includes all the videos from the masterclass as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 4.5 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 64 files!


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Complete Dragon Repertoire (Video Content - 2 hours running time) 

We have the pleasure to present a unique opening course by GM Mihail Marin - Complete Dragon Repertoire. This opening database is different from everything we have been doing so far.
The material consists of the following components: Theoretical Part (51 Opening Chapters), Video Part (2 hours running time), Memory Booster, and Strategy Booster.


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Positional Nimzo-Indian Repertoire - Part 2 

In his second database, GM Mihail Marin completes the examination of Nimzo-Indian Defense. After dealing with the two main moves (4.Qc2 and 4.e3) in Part 1, he now analyzes all other possibilities for White. The Romanian grandmaster stays loyal to his style and suggests some less explored systems based on solid positional grounds. Following his repertoire, you shouldn't memorize long and forced lines but build a fundamental understanding of the arising positions and structures. The database contains 20 theoretical chapters and 15 test positions!


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Positional Nimzo-Indian Repertoire - Part 1 

In this project, he is launching a very ambitious series of databases devoted to the “queen of openings” - the Nimzo-Indian. Arguably, the Nimzo, alongside with the Ruy Lopez, are the two openings every single top-player and almost every single GM have played at some point of their careers. The Nimzo is so vastly popular due to its versatility and flexibility – you can get literally any type of position, such as IQP, hanging pawns, positions with the bishop pair, pawn chains, lead in development, etc. Both sides have a massive amount of choice almost on every move.


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Learn from Spassky 

The author introduces Boris Spassky in the following way:
"If I was to describe Spassky's most characteristic trait, I would say that he used to develop his pieces actively and harmoniously and then started to throw them at his opponent's position, no matter if this implied serious material sacrifices."
The database includes 35 model games and 20 test positions. The material is divided into 9 thematic sections


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Play the Owen Defense against 1.c4 

The Owen Defence is one of the most interesting and original among hyper-modern openings. It combines ideas from several different openings, such as the Queen's Indian, the Bogo-Indian, the Nimzo-Indian and the Dutch. Black completely refrains from occupying the centre with his pawns and controls it with his pieces from afar, frequently involving the f-pawn in the process.
This database aims to offer a complete Owen repertoire against 1.c4 that avoids transpositions to the Queen's Indian or other main openings.
The database consists of 24 theoretical chapters and 16 interactive test positions.


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Learn from Fischer 

To describe Fischer in a few words while comparing him with the other players I have written databases about: He was practical to a no lesser extent than Karpov, but more accurate than him (especially when analysing). His tactical skills were comparable to Tal's, but he did not incite fireworks for the sake of fireworks but chose the moves he found most promising to achieve the desired results. His style was no less universal than Kortschnoj's. At a superficial glance, he may seem less deep than Viktor L'vovich, but this may be an illusion provoked by the fact that his methods of using his understanding were more straightforward. Time has come to examine in some detail the multiple facets of Fischer's style.
The database is divided into the following sections: Classical Strategy, Positional Attack, Flexible/Dynamic Strategy, Development/Initiative, Tactics/Calculation, Endgame Technique, Persistence in the Endgame, Grandiose Fights.
The database also includes 20 test positions which are attached to the different sections.


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Play the Bogo-Indian Defence - Part 2 

Welcome to the second (and final) database dedicated to the Bogo-Indian Defence.
Our starting position arises after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2
There is a small psychological paradox connected with this move. It is true that 4.Bd2 avoids any early commitments, and is likely to maintain the fluency of White's play. But at the same time we have seen that with a minimum of accuracy, Black usually obtains a rock-solid position with good chances of counterplay. After 4.Nbd2 things are more double-edged strategically. While the knight is not optimally placed on d2, White launches an open invitation to what he hopes to prove an improved Nimzo-Indian, by forcing the exchange on d2 with a2-a3, thus avoiding the doubled pawns on the c-file. But at the same time, the last move restricts White's choice of plans, allowing Black to more or less dictate the middlegame structure.


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Play the Bogo-Indian Defence - Part 1 

The suggested repertoire for Black in the Bogo-Indian with 4.Bd2 is both rock-solid and ambitious. Despite White’s space advantage and apparent superior activity, Black can not only keep his own but also find promising ways to counterplay. Many of Black’s wins were possible because of White’s over-optimism in the attempt to use his trumps. The magic of this system is even more obvious when comparing with the King’s Indian, a supposedly more aggressive opening leading to similar structures but with the dark-squared bishops on board.
This repertoire does not require memorizing long forced lines, as the focus is on understanding the typical structures.


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Learn from Karpov 

In the introduction to the current database, Mihail Marin writes:
"During the years I played over Karpov's games with his own comments, there are were a few things I discovered to be typical for his play.
1) An experienced trainer told me at that time that for Karpov, the "global piece cooperation" was essential. I would re-formulate this now as "harmony". His inner instinct (or native talent backed up by accumulated experience and knowledge) allowed him to maintain his position's harmony during the long strategic manoeuvring phases. Many times, this element alone was enough for a win, causing his play to seem effortless (and, at a superficial glance, even boring).
2) This is a continuation of the idea expressed above. Chess is a strategic, but also a concrete game. Karpov could not avoid (and he did not even try) to reach moments when his plan would clash with his opponent's. It was in such situations when it became clear that apart from a fine positional feel, he also had excellent calculating skills. With his army more harmoniously displayed than the enemy one, Karpov used to find the tactical (or attacking) solution to prove his advantage. Apart from the games examined in this database I also recommend the excellent examples Karpov-Spassky Moscow 1973 (used as a test in my attacking trilogy published earlier by Modern Chess) and Karpov-Topalov Linares 1994 (in the main database of the same article series). Sometimes tactics remained behind the scene, when they were having a strong influence over the strategic battle. This was the case in Karpov-Gligoric Leningrad interzonal 1973, from the same series of databases.
3) Karpov was also an expert in what we call domination. His pieces would occupy key squares, keeping the enemy army under control, restricting its activity or even paralysing it completely. It feels almost like he was playing alone, at least in some extreme cases.
4) For Karpov, the three main phases of the game (opening, middlegame, ending) were tightly connected. His endgame technique was dreaded by his opponents, but I will not focus on this particular aspect."


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Learn from Tal 

Studying Tal’s attacking games will definitely induce a new dimension to your play, making it more enjoyable (for yourself first of all) and effective. I can testify for that based on my own experience.
A few things one should focus on when examining his games
1) his unparalleled imagination
2) the ability to find resources in long lines far away from their beginning
3) train your calculating abilities by trying to find his lines and moves or, in other cases, refute his flawed but nonetheless difficult to deal with, combinations.
4) chess can be pure joy, and if we take it this way our results should also improve.
The database is divided into the following sections: Tal's Magic, Tal's Philosophy, Development, King in the Centre, Attacking, Better Coordination, Hosting the Opponent, Domination, The Swan's Song.
While each section includes extensively annotated games, most of them also contain test positions.


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Play the Open Spanish - Repertoire for Black 

In this database, Mihail Marin provides a complete Black repertoire which is based on the so-called Open Spanish. The basic position of this line arises after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6. In the introduction, GM Marin writes:
"The Open (or Tarrasch) Variation in the Spanish Opening has fascinated me ever since the 1978 and 1981 Karpov-Kortschnoj matches, during which the challenger regularly used it, coming up with many new ideas. Before that, the system did not enjoy a good reputation, but the intense rehearsal during the matches provoked a real boom of the opening. For many years I had an intense but purely "platonic" sympathy for it. I finally decided to include it in my repertoire when I understood that playing the Sicilian against players like John Nunn was pure suicide. And as a reward, my first game with the Open Spanish ended in a draw against the same Dr Nunn, who one year earlier had made me the unwilling co-author of a brilliancy prize in the Najdorf! The aforementioned matches also induced a new fashion trend from White's point of view, but during the '80s, Kortschnoj introduced many new ideas in tournament games. Around 1990 a serious crisis happened, after a crucial loss of Kortschnoj to Hjartarson. I managed to play it for a few more years, switching systems when I feared concrete opponents' preparation, but around 1994 I had to resign to the evidence: Many of my favourite lines did not look playable anymore. Revisiting the variation after such a long time was refreshing. When writing this database I understood that at this stage of theory there are certain systems (mainly 9.Nbd2) in which Black has to go for dynamic play (and not for static positions, as I used to do)."


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Play the Leningrad Bird 

What should we expect from the Leningrad Bird? Does it offer White an advantage? Is White's extra tempo with respect to the Dutch essential?
First of all, we should expect a long strategic struggle, with many original positions and structures, which the computer does not always understand from the beginning. Quite typically, the engines' scepticism vanishes gradually. This makes the opponents' preparation quite difficult. It is right to say that in the complex middlegame the better strategy is likely to win, but we should also take into account that many interesting dynamic or tactical moments can arise.


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Queen's Gambit Declined for Black - Part 2 

Welcome to the second and final database dedicated to Queen's Gambit Declined. In Part 1, GM Marin has dealt with all the systems based on Bg5. This database mostly features the lines in which White opts for Bf4 via different move orders. The repertoire is very practical. When possible, Marin suggests rare and relatively unexplored continuations. Of course, all the lines have a solid positional foundation. The database includes three sections - Pawn structures, Theoretical Part, and Test Section.


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Queen's Gambit Declined for Black - Part 1 

The Tartakower System has the reputation of being one of the most complicated lines in Queen's Gambit Declined. By playing early ...b7-b6 followed by ...Bb7, Black solves his main problem in QGD positions - the development of the light-squared bishop. Since the arising positions are very dynamic, this is a perfect variation for ambitious players.
The current database is dealing with the systems in which White plays Bg5. Before diving into the deep theory, GM Mihail Marin covers 6 structures you should know. Armed with this structural knowledge, the reader can easily understand the theory. The database contains 6 pawn structures, 18 theoretical lines and 30 interactive test positions.


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Dynamic Play 

The dynamic phase tends to have a global character, with piece and pawn tensions all over the board and with the enemy kings only as a possible collateral victim. It does not have the linear and logical course of a combination and it is hard to anticipate its end.
While the accurate calculation is useful, it is usually impossible to exhaust the position analytically, thus intuition and understanding play a very important role.
A moment of crucial importance is when dynamic fireworks come to an end. If played perfectly, the evaluations of the end position and the initial position (before the fireworks) should be the same. In practical games, however, this rarely happens since dynamic play offers the stronger player countless possibilities to outplay his opponent.


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Attack 

This database is designed to develop your attacking skills. Besides explaining the typical attacking methods, true to his style, GM Mihail Marin deals with the psychological aspects as well.
This is a highly interactive product since the reader is supposed to learn through practice. At the beginning of each section, you are invited to think upon the most critical positions in the section.
The database consists of 17 extensively annotated games (divided into 9 sections) and 29 interactive test positions (divided into 9 sections).


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Calculation 

With such a quantity of (many of them excellent) books on tactics, one may ask himself whether anything new can be said on this subject.
Nevertheless, in many cases, the system of classification used in such books fails to reveal some essential aspects. Sorting the examples according to the central theme of the combination (a system used on most occasions) is sound, but offers only an "outside image". GM Mihail Marin considers that there are books offering a very abstract, apparently logical explanation of the tactical events, but not necessarily one corresponding to the thinking process of the players.
In the current database, you will find 18 examples which are divided into 5 sections as well as 30 test positions which are divided into 6 sections. Every test position is backed up with extensive analysis and explanations that you can check after solving.


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Play the Makagonov against King's Indian Defence 

The system based on an early h2-h3 is named after the Soviet International Master Vladimir Makogonov who has used it with success more than half a century ago. Spassky revealed the essence of this opening very clearly: "White prepares the bishop's development to e3 by defending against the threat of ...Ng4. Besides, he has g2-g4 in mind, when unlike in the Saemisch attack, the f3-square is available for the knight". In this system, Black should know very well what he is doing in order not to find himself in a strategically lost position. In Makagonov, the understanding of the positional ideas is a way more important than the knowledge of concrete lines. That is the reason why besides the theoretical knowledge, Mihail Marin provides a complete overview of the arising structures as well as 30 strategical tests.


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Learn from Magnus Carlsen - Endgame Technique 

Carlsen was always very successful in winning almost equal endings. In this database, GM Mihail Marin tries to explain the deep reasons behind such a success. In different chapters, the author presents the most typical mistakes of Carlsen's opponents. These mistakes occur very often in practical endings and this database would help you to get rid of them.
The database consists of 10 extensively annotated games and 30 interactive tests.


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Learn from Magnus Carlsen - Strategic Planning 

This database deals with Carlsen's most important skill - his long-term strategic vision. He has an outstanding feeling of the factors which are important for the evaluation of the position. In the current database, GM Mihail Marin throws some light on the strategical thinking of the World Champion, The database includes 10 chapters and 30 test positions.


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Learn from Magnus Carlsen - Prophylactic Thinking 

One of the things that impress me in Carlsen's play when in top form is his apparent invulnerability. No matter how much time his strongest opponents dedicate to preparation against him, no matter how dangerous (or simply bad) his positions look at times, the reigning World Champion proves the ability to hold his own, like a cats' reflex to fall on its feet. One reason for this is Carlsen's strong sense of danger, which often leads to unexpected or apparently modest moves, parrying the threats or anticipating the dangers before they even become real.


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Learn the Endgame with Ulf Andersson - Technical Play 

In the previous two databases, we have examined Andersson's virtuosity in rook endings and in knight versus bishop in minor piece endings. We conclude this series with some general aspects regarding Ulf's endgame technique. The material is divided into the following categories:
1) Simplifying to a better ending
2) Domination
3) Playing on two wings
4) Endings arising after exchange or queen sacrifices


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Learn the Endgame with Ulf Andersson - Endgames with Minor Pieces 

In the second database on Andersson's endgame mastery, GM Mihail Marin deals with the battle of minor pieces. Of course, the author does not limit his survey only to pure minor piece endings. In this database, he also explains how bishops and knights cooperate with major pieces.
The database consists of 15 extensively annotated games and 30 interactive tests.


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French Defense - Advance Variation & Sidelines 

The first two databases have been dedicated to the most popular options to meet the French - 3.Nd2 and 3.Nc3 respectively. In his third and final part, Marin is dealing with the other White's alternatives on the very first moves. He is providing adequate antidotes, both based on strategical ground and by concrete ideas or move orders.
The included material resembles a small encyclopedia from Black's point of view. It is structured into 25 chapters.


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French Defense - Play the Winawer against 3.Nc3  Updated 

3.Nc3 is White's most active weapon against the French Defense. GM Marin provides an opening repertoire for Black based on 3...Bb4, commonly known as the Winawer Variation. While both 3...Bb4 and 3...Nf6 are principled as they attack White's center, the author has a clear preference for 3...Bb4 because it offers an early strategic plot, similar to his recommendation against 3.Nd2. The point is that in many lines of this variation, the exchange on c3 leads to strategically double-edged positions.


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French Defense - Classical Repertoire against 3.Nd2  Updated 

In this database, GM Mihail Marin starts building a French Repertoire for Black. In the current survey, he shares his weapon against 3.Nd2. As always, Mihail goes from the structures to the theoretical lines. In this database, you will find an article about the French Isolani, 17 theoretical chapters, and 30 interactive tests which help you to develop automatic reactions in French positions.


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Marin's Solution to 1.Nf3 - Part 3 

In the final part of his Anti-1.Nf3 repertoire, Marin deals with all systems which are different from the Hedgehog. Given the fact that the move 1.Nf3 may lead to a number of different openings, the current database will help you to increase your general chess understanding. The repertoire is designed in a way that transpositions to the Hedgehog structure would be always in the air. Also, it is important to point out that the suggested systems are ambitious and allow Black to fight for a win.


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