New In Chess review: Marin’s Power Strategy 2

10/12/2015 – The subject of Mihail Marin's DVD is playing with stable pieces, usually a knight, placed on well-protected squares – a theme he associates with the Soviet Chess School. NIC reviewer GM Matthew Sadler found the product a slightly mixed experience (he was struck by an error in a subvariation), "though the best stuff is really very good!" In the end he awards it four out of five stars.

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Mihail Marin’s Power Strategy 2

New In Chess review by Matthew Sadler

Mihail Marin’s Power Strategy 2 – The Middlegame – Static Positions (Chessbase DVD) is another one that elicited a violent ‘What??’ reaction! It came during Marin’s explanation of the game Drasko-Timoshenko, Tallinn 1989.

Here Marin recommended the move 23.Ne4, which is fair enough. After 23...Bxd5, he recommended 24.Nxf6+ gxf6 25.Rxd5 Nxd5 26.Bxd5+ Kh8 27.Bxa8 Rxa8 with a complicated position. After 23...Nxd5 he said ‘Similar variations are possible. Actually White can start with 24.Rxd5 Bxd5 25.Nxf6+, which is more or less the same thing’. Even with a few glasses of wine inside you, it takes a fraction of a second to spot that 23...Nxd5 loses to any number of moves: 24.Nd6, 24.Nxc5, 24.Qb3 and the list goes on. It’s a strange oversight for a player of Marin’s class.

By this stage I was getting a little bit worried because I had been having problems getting into the opening couple of games of the DVD. Somehow, I found it hard to get a grasp of which theme precisely Marin wanted to talk about and I found my attention wandering. Just in time however, Marin got into his stride and the next series of games were of the high quality we expect of him. I’m not at all familiar with the Karpov-Kortchnoi Baguio 1978 match, so it was very interesting to see some examples from this match, and his comments to the Karpov-Gligoric game, a fantastic Breyer System from the 1973 Leningrad Interzonal, were superb.

So what theme was Marin talking about during the Drasko-Timoshenko game? He called it the theme of playing with stable pieces – usually a knight – which are placed on a stable and well-protected square. It was a theme which he associated with the Soviet Chess School. Marin’s point was that both the knight on b6 and the bishop on b7 were very stable and placing big pressure on White’s centre. When I watched the DVD, I was rather dubious about this particular example, to be honest – I don’t know how impressed I really am with the power of Black’s minor pieces – but that phrase ‘stable pieces’ has kept resonating in my mind. So much so that I’ve been using it again and again to find moves in analysis! So in conclusion, a slightly mixed experience though the best stuff is really very good!

[Event "Tallinn"] [Site "Tallinn"] [Date "1989.??.??"] [Round "10"] [White "Drasko, Milan"] [Black "Timoshenko, Georgy"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E18"] [WhiteElo "2505"] [BlackElo "2460"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "1989.04.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "URS"] [EventCategory "12"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "1996.11.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. Nc3 Ne4 7. Bd2 Bf6 8. O-O O-O 9. Rc1 c5 10. e3 Na6 11. d5 exd5 12. cxd5 Nd6 13. Qa4 Nb4 14. e4 Nd3 15. Bf4 b5 16. Qc2 Nxf4 17. gxf4 Bxc3 18. bxc3 Nc4 19. e5 f6 20. Rcd1 Qe8 21. Rfe1 Qh5 22. Nd2 Nb6 23. Nb3 {Marin’s point is that both the knight on b6 and the bishop on b7 were very stable and placing big pressure on White’s centre.} ({ Marin:} 23. Ne4 Bxd5 ({After} 23... Nxd5 {similar variations are possible. Actually White can start with} 24. Rxd5 ({Sadler: "Even with a few glasses of wine inside you, it takes a fraction of a second to spot that 23...Nxd5 loses to any number of moves:"} 24. Nd6) (24. Nxc5) (24. Qb3) 24... Bxd5 25. Nxf6+ { which is more or less the same thing.}) 24. Nxf6+ gxf6 25. Rxd5 Nxd5 26. Bxd5+ Kh8 27. Bxa8 Rxa8 {with a complicated position.}) 23... Rac8 24. Na5 Ba8 25. c4 fxe5 26. fxe5 Rf5 27. e6 dxe6 28. Rxe6 Rcf8 29. Rde1 bxc4 30. Nc6 Nxd5 31. Qxc4 Kh8 32. Qe2 Qxe2 33. R1xe2 Nf4 34. R2e3 Nxg2 35. Kxg2 R5f6 36. Rxf6 gxf6 37. Re6 Rc8 0-1

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Mihail Marin: Power Strategy 2 -
The Middlegame - Static Positions

In chess, like in the real life, one frequently faces temptations: to grab a pawn, to occupy an open file, to start a kingside attack and so on.

There is nothing basically wrong with all these, but before undertaking such a concrete action one should be sure the position is ripe for it. Chess is so complicated that making the right choice by pure calculation is not always possible. This is when general rules and principles come to help us distinguish between what we would like to do and what we actually should do at a certain stage of the game. In other words, it is a matter of establishing the right order of priorities.

This series of DVDs aims to prove the importance of taking the good old principles into account before choosing the direction for concrete over the board calculation. The second DVD deals with the middlegame positions where static factors play a determining part, permanently taking into account the inseparable dynamic and tactical elements. The videos are interactive, featuring training questions in the critical moments. You can further sharpen your skills with the included database, which contains games covering themes that correspond to the ideas presented on the DVD.

  • Video running time: 4 hours 37 min (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Training database with 41 annotated games
  • EAN: 4027975008165
  • Delivery: download, post
  • Price: €29.90; €25.13 without VAT (for customers outside the EU); $28.41

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Beanie Beanie 10/13/2015 03:08
There's a missed mate-in-one in Tiviakov's Alapin Variation of the Sicilian DVD.