Marin's English Love - A complete repertoire for White after 1.c4 Vol.2

1...c5, 1...c6 and 1...e6
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 second DVD includes the systems with 1...c5, 1...c6 and 1...e6.
Even though the so called Symmetrical English main tabiya arising after four moves is perfectly symmetrical indeed, play remains rich in possibilities and White’s extra tempo allows him to maintain at least some light middlegame pressure. The Slav and Queen’s Gambit setups are very sound strategically, as they challenge White in the fight for the d5-square and the light squares in general. In both cases the best plan for White is to ignore the threat ...dxc4 and to refrain from making efforts to retrieve the pawn at once.

• Video running time: 6 h 37 min
• Extra: extended analysis file with model games
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Sample video


  • 01: Introduction [08:22]
  • Queen's Gambit Accepted
  • 01: 5...Be7/Bd7 - Video analysis [07:30]
  • 02: 5...a6 - Video analysis [12:59]
  • 03: 5...Nbd7 - Video analysis [09:42]
  • 04: 5...c5 - Video analysis [06:27]
  • 05: 5...c6 - Video analysis [05:45]
  • Queen's Gambit Declined
  • 01: Introduction - Video analysis [05:51]
  • 02: 6...b6 7.Bb2 Bb7 8.e3 Nbd7 9.Nc3 Ne4/Nc5 - Video analysis [08:19]
  • 03: 6...b6 7.Bb2 Bb7 8.e3 Nbd7 9.Nc3 c5 - Video analysis [13:36]
  • 04: 6...c5 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.e3 b6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.cxd5 exd5 11.d4 - Video analysis [07:11]
  • 05: 6...c5 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.e3 b6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.d4 Ba6/c4/Bf6/Qd7 - Video analysis [08:37]
  • 06: 6...c5 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.e3 b6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.d4 Rad8/Rfd8 - Video analysis [08:23]
  • 07: 6...c5 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.e3 b6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.d4 Nb4/Na5 - Video analysis [07:23]
  • 08: 6...c5 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.e3 b6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.d4 Qd8/Qf5/Qh5 - Video analysis [09:01]
  • 09: 6...c5 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.e3 b6 9.Nc3 dxc4 10.bxc4 Bb7 11.Qe2 a6/Qd7/Rc8/Nb4 - Video analysis [10:15]
  • 10: 6...c5 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.e3 b6 9.Nc3 dxc4 10.bxc4 Bb7 11.Qe2 Qc7 12.Ne1 a6/Rfd8 - Video analysis [15:28]
  • 11: 6...c5 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.e3 d4 9.exd4 cxd4 10.Re1 Re8/Bc5/Ne8 - Video analysis [15:52]
  • Slav Setup
  • 01: 4...Bg4 Introduction - Video analysis [06:45]
  • 02: 4...Bg4 5.0-0 e6 6.d3 Be7 - Video analysis [10:43]
  • 03: 4...Bg4 5.0-0 e6 6.d3 dxc4 7.dxc4 Nbd7/Qxd1 - Video analysis [08:36]
  • 04: 4...Bg4 5.0-0 e6 6.d3 Nbd7 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Qb3 Qb6/Nc5 - Video analysis [07:22]
  • 05: 4...Bg4 5.0-0 e6 6.d3 Nbd7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Nc3 Be7/Bc5/Bd6 - Video analysis [16:34]
  • 06: 3...Bg4 4.Bg2 Nd7/e6 - Video analysis [07:06]
  • 07: 4...g6 5.b3 Bg7 6.Bb2 0-0 7.0-0 Bf5 8.d3 Qc8/Re8 - Video analysis [10:45]
  • 08: 4....g6 5.b3 Bg7 6.Bb2 0-0 7.0-0 Bg4 8.d3 Bxf3/Nbd7 - Video analysis [14:12]
  • 09: 4...g6 5.b3 Bg7 6.Bb2 0-0 7.0-0 a5/b6/Nbd7 - Video analysis [09:29]
  • 10: 4...dxc4 5.0-0 b5 - Video analysis [08:17]
  • 11: 4...dxc4 5.0-0 Be6 - Video analysis [05:12]
  • 12: 4...dxc4 5.0-0 Nbd7 6.Na3 Nb6 7.Qc2 Qd5 - Video analysis [05:55]
  • 13: 4...dxc4 5.0-0 Nbd7 6.Na3 Nb6 7.Qc2 Be6 - Video analysis [09:41]
  • 14: 4...Bf5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3 Qb6/Qc8 - Video analysis [08:04]
  • 15: 3...e6 4.Bg2 Nf6/Bd6 - Video analysis [06:20]
  • Symmetrcial English
  • 01: 5...e6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nb5 d5 8.cxd5 exd5 - Video analysis [12:14]
  • 02: 5...e6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nb5 d5 8.cxd5 Qa5+ 9.Nd2 Qxb5 10.dxc6 bxc6 - Video analysis [05:23]
  • 03: 5...e6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nb5 d5 8.cxd5 Qa5+ 9.Nd2 Qxb5 10.dxc6 Ne7 - Video analysis [07:10]
  • 04: 5...e6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nb5 d5 8.cxd5 Qa5+ 9.Nd2 exd5 10.Nd6+ Kf8/Ke7 - Video analysis [07:08]
  • 05: 5...e6 6.d4 Nxd4 7.Nxd4 cxd4 - Video analysis [08:08]
  • 06: 5...d6 6.0-0 e6 7.e3 Nge7 - Video analysis [06:08]
  • 07: 5...e5 6.0-0 Nge7 7.a3 0-0 - Video analysis [10:54]
  • 08: 5...e5 6.0-0 d6 7.a3 Nge7 - Video analysis [06:47]
  • 09: 5...Nf6 6.d4 cxd4 - Video analysis [15:25]
  • 10: Reversed Maroczy - 1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nc7 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 e5 - Video analysis [12:53]
  • 11: Outro [00:46]
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