Kosten reviews Marin

New reviews are always interesting, but especially so when the reviewer is a major expert on the subject. So I am particularly happy that GM Tony Kosten, author of The Dynamic English, is a fan of Marin’s GM Repertoire 3: The English Opening Vol.1.

A few highlights:

“It is immediately evident that this book is written by a strong Grandmaster who plays the opening himself and who thoroughly understands all the strategic and tactical nuances.

For most of the last ten years people have been asking me when I was going to write The Dynamic English 2nd Edition, and finally I can say there is no need, I think that had I decided to write an updated version this is the book I would have liked to have produced!

Perhaps the biggest compliment I can offer is that this is the only book that I will now be taking with me to my tournaments and team matches!”

Read the full review at chesspublishing.com

8 thoughts on “Kosten reviews Marin”

  1. Just to be clear, is this with the same move order as Kosten’s? Is it 1. c4 2. g3 against EVERYTHING? Anyway, congratulations on another great book. I read the excerpt and liked it myself.

    Or rather, will it be 1. c4 2. g3 against everything. After all the other volume still needs to be written.

  2. Al,

    Marin’s move order for both volumes is 1.c4 and 2.g3 against pretty much everything (maybe an exception for 1…d5 and 1…b5).

  3. I have both books and can confirm that the Marin book is absolutely out of this world (though Kosten’s served me well in it’s time)

    The quality of the analysis, and ideas, and amount of author input oozing out of every page is just astonishing.

    The biggest fundamental difference between the two volumes is that Kosten gives the move order

    1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2, whereas Marin goes as far as to say 3.Bg2 is slightly inacccurate and White should prefer 3.Nc3.

    Hope that helps.

  4. Alexander Sevastopolskij

    I was wondering if you have plans to launch EXPERTS VS SICILIAN 2, or perhaps to update exisitng book.

    Is there a need to update it?

  5. Ah, OK. I like this decision because it is faithful to how most people learned the English from Kosten and also leads to independent lines. I’ll probably end-up buying it even though I have Avrukh’s book too. I’ve played the English regularly in the past and liked it if not for some annoying c6 and e5 lines.

  6. @Alexander Sevastopolskij

    No plans for an updated Experts vs. the Sicilian, but Jacob’s planned GM Repertoire with 1.e4 will attack 1…c5 with sharp Open lines.

    In general, I would expect sharp lines of the Sicilian to be especially prone to big changes and important novelties. Depending on your attitude, that is either a problem or all part of the fun.

  7. Playing amateur chess for the last 35 years, fide 2135, owning 2000 books. Not really studying openings although I buy most of the new books. I prefer to study middlegame, a bit endgame.
    I must say that Marin’s book on the english is beyond any other opening books I know : simply because it teaches a lot on the middlegame and the author explains a lot about his thinking process. It’s an opening book teaching a lot more than the opening.
    Congratulations to Aagaard, Marin and the whole team for this excellent product.

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