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Mihail Marin vs Emir Dizdarevic
European Championship (2003), Silivri TUR, rd 10, Jun-10
English Opening: King's English Variation. Kramnik-Shirov Counter (A21)  ·  1-0



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May-25-06  Mating Net: Many examples throughout this game of White ignoring threats, optical illusions as Marin calls them in his book Secrets of Chess Defense, to further his own cause.
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  Domdaniel: Exactly, Mating Net, and this game is a beautiful example of that principle. If a threat can't be carried out, then it isn't really a threat, is it?

Does 28...Ne3 threaten the Rook on d1? No, because after 29.Rf3! White's mating threat trumps it.

I admit that at first I wasn't convinced by Marin's 21.Bxg7 -- it's the kind of move that I'd think about wistfully, and then reject. White doesn't *seem* to have compensation for the piece, especially as Black is able to engineer a Queen exchange.

Yet Marin keeps on going -- showing that you don't need a queen to create mate threats, that a pair of active knights have limited scope when they're on the wrong side of the board, and that passed pawns are lethal.

I recently got Marin's book on the Symmetrical English, and it's superb. Having seen this game I think I'll check out the volume on 1.c4 e5 as well.

Jun-15-14  Everett: Yes, a really enjoyable game to play through. To orchestrate the Q-exchange, Black went through contortions with his Ns, and it ultimately doomed his defense. Good insight from Marin.

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