Marin's English Love - A complete repertoire for White after 1.c4 Vol.1

1…e5, Dutch and Indian setups
For many great players from different generations the English opening has been a logical complement to 1.d4. By delaying the advance of the d-pawn White can avoid certain popular defences such as the Nimzoindian or the Grünfeld, to return to the 1.d4 paths a few moves later. But White can go further and build up a purely English repertoire, based on 1.c4 and 2.g3, which is the aim of these two DVDs. There are a few move orders or systems (most typically the King’s Indian) where White’s objectively best idea might be transposing to 1.d4 anyway (which I frequently do in my games) but while mentioning this in all relevant cases I have analyzed genuine English systems, leading to interesting play.

The English opening is consistent enough to offer no lesser chances for an advantage (or just adequate play in positions one masters well) than 1.e4 and 1.d4, but also very flexible, allowing White to put the focus on understanding instead of concrete analysis, a common syndrome today. The practically unlimited flexibility of this opening has allowed me to examine different variations for White than in my earlier book trilogy on this opening published at Quality Chess against roughly 75% of Black’s systems. This is especially visible from an early stage after 1...e5 while in other systems the deviation from the book lines occurs a few moves later (for instance after 1...e6). In those lines where I had to stick to the book recommendations I have made the due updates.
The first DVD includes the systems 1...e5, the Dutch and Indian setups.
The “Reversed Sicilian” arising after 1...e5 is one of the main challenges for White. But his extra tempo is likely to offer him at least the slightly more pleasant position even after Black’s best play. The Dutch poses no problems if White intends to keep play within English territory. The King’s Indian is more challenging from this point of view and I usually transpose to the fianchetto system with d2-d4. But in the videos I have examined a double fianchetto move order, which is also entirely sound.

• Video running time: 7 h 13 min
• Extra: extended analysis file with model games
• With ChessBase Reader 2017


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Sample video


  • 01: Introduction [08:22]
  • Early c6
  • 01: 2...c6 3.Nf3 e4 - Video analysis [10:24]
  • 02: 2...c6 3.Nf3 d6 - Video analysis [07:27]
  • 03: 2...Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd4 d5 - Video analysis [10:41]
  • 04: 2...Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd4 Qb6 - Video analysis [07:41]
  • 05: 2...Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Nc3 Be7 - Video analysis [07:21]
  • 06: 2...Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Nc3 g6 - Video analysis [13:13]
  • 2...Nc6 - Reversed Closed Sicilian
  • 01: 6..Be6 - Video analysis [18:34]
  • 02: 6...Nge7 - Video analysis [18:44]
  • 03: 6...Nf6 - Video analysis [15:13]
  • 04: 6...h5 - Video analysis [12:23]
  • 05: 6...f5 - Video analysis [15:36]
  • 2...d6 - Reversed Closed Sicilian without Nc6
  • 01: 5...Ne7 - Video analysis [10:22]
  • 02: 5...f5 - Video analysis [10:27]
  • 03: 5...Nf6 - Video analysis [12:02]
  • 2...Nc6/d6 - Black plays f5 without g6
  • 01: 2...Nc6 3.Bg2 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.e3 Bb4/Be7 - Video analysis [21:24]
  • 02: 2...Nc6 3.Bg2 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.e3 d5 - Video analysis [06:47]
  • 03: 2...d6 3.Bg2 f5 4.d4 Be7 5.Nc3 Nf6 - Video analysis [13:54]
  • 2...Nf6 - Reversed Dragon
  • 01: Introduction and Sidelines - Video analysis [21:02]
  • 02: 8...a5 - Video analysis [12:23]
  • 03: 8...Be6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.b4 Nd4 11.Bb2 Nxf3/Nb3 - Video analysis [07:34]
  • 04: 8...Be6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.b4 Nd4 11.Bb2 Bb3 - Video analysis [07:29]
  • 05: 8...Be6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.b4 a5 11.b5 Nd4 12.Bb2 f6/Bb3 - Video analysis [13:54]
  • 06: 8...Be6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.b4 a5 11.b5 Nd4 12.Bb2 Nb3 - Video analysis [11:34]
  • 2...Nf6 - Black plays Bc5
  • 01: 7...h6 8.a3 a6 9.b4 Ba7 10.Bb2 Be6 - Video analysis [22:46]
  • 02: 7...h6 8.a3 a6 9.b4 Ba7 10.Bb2 Bg4/Bf5/Bd7 - Video analysis [11:00]
  • 03: 7...d3 h6 8.a3 a5 - Video analysis [08:09]
  • 04: 7...a6 8.a3 Ba7 - Video analysis [11:42]
  • 05: 7...a6 8.a3 Nd4 - Video analysis [04:52]
  • 06: 3...Bc5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e3 Nge7 - Video analysis [07:27]
  • 07: 3...Bc5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e3 Nf6 - Video analysis [05:45]
  • 2...Nf6 3.Bg2 h6 and 2...h5 - Odds and Ends
  • 01: 2...h5 and 2...Nf6 3.Bg2 h6 - Video analysis [14:56]
  • 1...f5/Nf6 - Dutch and Indian Setups
  • 01: 1...f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.0-0 c6/Be7 - Video analysis [07:02]
  • 02: 1...Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 - Video analysis [11:06]
  • 03: 1...Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 c6 - Video analysis [07:00]
  • 04: 1...Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 5.Bg2 c5 - Video analysis [15:37]
  • 05: 1...g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 0-0 5.b3 Ne4 - Video analysis [05:02]
  • 06: 1...Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.Bg2 g6 5.Qb3 c6 - Video analysis [05:49]
  • 07: Outro [00:46]

English Opening

In 1843 in a match, which was unofficially considered a world championship, the English master Howard Staunton (1810–1874) played 1.c4 against French player Pierre Saint-Amant (1800–1872). Since then this move has been known as the English Opening. But it was not accorded full recognition until the 1920s, and later it was then successfully adopted by modern world champions such as Botvinnik, Petrosian, Karpov and Kasparov.

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