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Mihail Marin
M Marin 
Number of games in database: 749
Years covered: 1985 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2502 (2468 rapid, 2448 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2616

Overall record: +210 -113 =375 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 51 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (54) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A11
 English, 1 c4 e5 (41) 
    A29 A20 A22 A26 A21
 King's Indian (37) 
    E63 E62 E77 E67 E94
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    A46 A41 D02 A40 E00
 Grunfeld (25) 
    D87 D85 D78 D92 D86
 Reti System (24) 
    A04 A06 A05
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (56) 
    B07 B08 B09
 Ruy Lopez (47) 
    C80 C77 C82 C95 C92
 Modern Benoni (42) 
    A57 A62 A70 A56 A64
 King's Indian (26) 
    E97 E94 E64 E66 E98
 Ruy Lopez, Open (26) 
    C80 C82
 Benko Gambit (24) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Marin vs A Lauber, 2011 1/2-1/2
   L Spassov vs M Marin, 1993 0-1
   M Marin vs L Shytaj, 2008 1-0
   M Marin vs J Gustafsson, 2009 1-0
   Shulman vs M Marin, 2009 0-1
   M Marin vs Golubev, 1996 1-0
   A Chudinovskikh vs M Marin, 2008 0-1
   M Marin vs Gavrikov, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Ermenkov vs M Marin, 1990 0-1
   H A Gretarsson vs M Marin, 1999 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Romanian Championship (1999)
   Badalona Open (1993)
   Reykjavik Open (2009)
   Reggio Emilia (2008)
   Sitges Open (1993)
   Andorra Open (2001)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Bad Woerishofen Open (2002)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   European Championship (2002)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)

   🏆 2nd Tras-os-Montes Open
   M Marin vs B Korpa (Aug-24-21) 1/2-1/2
   M Marin vs V Kazakouski (Aug-10-21) 1/2-1/2
   M Marin vs K Piorun (Jul-09-19) 1/2-1/2
   K Jakubowski vs M Marin (Jun-06-19) 1/2-1/2
   A S Uriel vs M Marin (Jan-05-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-21-1965, 58 years old) Romania

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GM Mihail Marin is a noted author who wrote Secrets of Chess Defence (Gambit Publications, 2003), Secrets of Attacking Chess (Gambit Publications, 2005), Learn from the Legends: Chess Champions at Their Best (Quality Chess, 2004) and The English Opening vol. 1-3 (Quality Press, 2009-2010), among others. He was Romanian champion in 1988, 1994 and 1999 (=Constantin Ionescu), and has played for Romania in 12 Olympiads.

Wikipedia article: Mihail Marin

Last updated: 2023-02-17 16:05:58

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 806  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Marin vs Suba 0-1351985ROU-chE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
2. M Marin vs Anand ½-½591986OakhamE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
3. M Marin vs Petursson  ½-½441987It BucharestD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. Petursson vs M Marin  0-1381987Taflfelag-PolitehnicA57 Benko Gambit
5. M Ghinda vs M Marin  1-0481987ROM-chB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
6. M Marin vs I Radulov  1-0391987Warsaw Zonal group-AA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
7. K Georgiev vs M Marin  1-0431987Warsaw Zonal group-A playoffA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. K Mokry vs M Marin  ½-½401987Warsaw Zonal group-AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. B Andonov vs M Marin  ½-½101987Warsaw Zonal group-AA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Csom vs M Marin  1-0331987Warsaw Zonal group-AE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
11. M Marin vs K Georgiev  1-0511987Warsaw Zonal group-A playoffD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
12. M Marin vs W Schmidt  ½-½261987Warsaw Zonal group-AD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
13. L Hazai vs M Marin  ½-½171987Warsaw Zonal group-AB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
14. M Marin vs Jansa  1-0341987Warsaw Zonal group-AA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
15. M Marin vs K Georgiev  1-0701987Warsaw Zonal group-AE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
16. M Marin vs W Schmidt  ½-½231987Warsaw Zonal group-A playoffD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
17. W Schmidt vs M Marin  0-1351987Warsaw Zonal group-A playoffE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
18. M Marin vs Sax  ½-½611987Warsaw Zonal group-AE46 Nimzo-Indian
19. R Kuczynski vs M Marin  1-0571987Warsaw Zonal group-AB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. Gheorghiu vs M Marin  ½-½221987Warsaw Zonal group-AA57 Benko Gambit
21. G Milos vs M Marin  ½-½351987Szirak InterzonalA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. M Marin vs Benjamin  ½-½611987Szirak InterzonalE46 Nimzo-Indian
23. Salov vs M Marin  ½-½571987Szirak InterzonalA57 Benko Gambit
24. M Marin vs D Allan  1-0391987Szirak InterzonalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
25. Beliavsky vs M Marin  ½-½351987Szirak InterzonalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 806  PGN Download
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May-03-07  Interbond: In British Chess Magazine's May reviews you can find a short review of "Beating the open games". And you can find sample pages n_10.html
Nov-08-07  jperr75108: Carsten Hansen reviews both in his "checkpoint" column this month at Both seem to be very favorable reviews
Dec-22-07  whiskeyrebel: Jeremy Silman has reviews of these two books up at his website. Marin is a skilled writer. He seems particularly strong when it comes to getting concepts across. His prose is way stronger than many if not most chess my humble opinion.
Dec-22-07  protean: "Learn from the Legends - Chess Champions at their Best" is an excellent book. It won's Book of the Year for 2005.
Dec-22-07  whiskeyrebel: My library has it on order..I can't wait. SOCD and SOAC were both great. I'll work my way happily through the 1...e5 books eventually even though I'm a dedicated Caro Kann player.
Nov-08-08  Karpova: On pages 72 to 76 from Marin, Mihail: "Learn from the Legends - Chess Champions at their Best", 2nd edition, Quality Chess, Gothenburg 2006 the following endgme is being discussed:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Eforie"]
[Date "1988.??.??"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Valentin Stoica"]
[Black "Mihail Marin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[FEN "

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"] [SetUp "1"]

33.Qc8+ Kb6 34.Qd8+ Kb7 35.Qd5+ Qxd5 36.exd5 Re2 37.d6 Kc8 38.Rd5 Rc2 39.d7+ Kd8 40.a4 b4 41.Rd1 c4 42.h4 cxb3 43.Kh2 b2 44.Rb1 Kxd7 45.Kg3 Ke6 0-1

Does anyone have the complete game score? I looked up and but there are only two draws between the two good friends.

Nov-08-08  Chessdreamer: <Karpova> MyChessDatabase ( has the complete game score.

[Event "Eforie"]
[Site "Eforie"]
[White "Stoica, Valentin"]
[Black "Marin, Mihail"]
[WhiteElo "2440"]
[BlackElo "2480"]
[Date "1988.??.??"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C80"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 d4 11.Bxe6 Nxe6 12.cxd4 Ncxd4 13.Ne4 Be7 14.Be3 Nf5 15.Qc2 O-O 16.Rad1 Nxe3 17.fxe3 Qc8 18.Rd3 c5 19.Nd6 Qb8 20.b3 Ra7 21.Rfd1 Rd8 22.Nxf7 Kxf7 23.Rxd8 Nxd8 24.Qxh7 Qb6 25.Rf1 Qh6 26.Nd4+ Ke8 27.Qg8+ Kd7 28.Nf5 Qe6 29.Rd1+ Kc6 30.Nxe7+ Qxe7 31.Qxd8 Qxe5 32.e4 Re7 33.Qc8+ Kb6 34.Qd8+ Kb7 35.Qd5+ Qxd5 36.exd5 Re2 37.d6 Kc8 38.Rd5 Rc2 39.d7+ Kd8 40.a4 b4 41.Rd1 c4 42.h4 cxb3 43.Kh2 b2 44.Rb1 Kxd7 45.Kg3 Ke6 0-1.

Nov-08-08  Karpova: <chessdreamer>
Thank you very much!
Dec-29-08  whiteshark: Three times Romanian champion (1988, 1994, 1999), the GM from Bucarest has played for a good nine times with the Romanian national team in Chess Olympiads and qualified for two Interzonal Tournaments (Szirak 1987 and Manila 1990). Marin is the author of three highly appreciated books (of which the Italian version of “Learn from the Legends”, entitled “Sulle spalle dei Giganti” and published by Caissa Italia Editrice, won in 2006 the prize “Alvise Zichichi” as Best Chess Book of the Year) and two DVDs on opening theory. Since 2005 he is also the second of Judit Polgar, which he assisted during the World Championship in San Luis. Among his victories let’s recall: Predeal (1988), Stara Zagora (1990), Andorra (1991), Manresa (1993 and 2004), Badalona (1995), Ciocaltea Memorial (1998 and 1999), Sitges (1999). He is playing for the second time in the “Torneo di Capodanno” after his début in last year's Jubilee Edition.

= = = (Italian for Beginners) = = =

Tre volte campione di Romania (1988, 1994, 1999), il Grande Maestro di Bucarest ha rappresentato per ben nove volte il suo paese alle Olimpiadi e ha partecipato a due Interzonali (Szirak 1987 e Manila 1990). È autore di tre libri accolti con grande favore dalla critica (di questi “Sulle spalle dei Giganti – Caissa Italia Editrice” ha vinto il Premio "Alvise Zichichi" per il miglior libro di scacchi dell'anno 2006) e di due CD-Rom sulle aperture. Dal 2005 è anche il secondo di Judit Polgar, che ha assistito anche in occasione del Campionato mondiale di San Luis. Tra i tornei vinti ricordiamo: Predeal (1988), Stara Zagora (1990), Andorra (1991), Manresa (1993 e 2004), Badalona (1995), Memorial Ciocaltea (1998 e 1999), Sitges (1999). Seconda partecipazione al Torneo di Capodanno dopo l’esordio lo scorso anno nell’edizione del Giubileo.

Jan-13-09  Karpova: I finished the Game Collection: "Learn from the Legends" - Mihail Marin

I may expand it a bit in the future but overall it's finished now. There are also 3 or 4 new games in it.

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  Tabanus: Romanian rapid champion 2009 (yesterday), ahead of IM Gabriel Mateuta:

Mar-26-10  wordfunph: 1990 Manila Interzonal Tournament: During introduction, after Gurevich name was announced by Campomanes, Mihai Marin thought that he was the only Mihail left. Indeed, he stood up instantly, and Campomanes explained with a smile: "No, Tal!" Later, when his name was announced, Marin was rewarded with the most generous applause of the evening!
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  theagenbiteofinwit: The second and third volumes of his Quality Chess series on the English are supposed to be coming out July. I can't wait.
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  GrahamClayton: Here is an interview with Marin:

Oct-03-11  Cemoblanca: He looks like Robert Downey Jr.! ;0) >>>
Mar-18-14  Vogelweide: I have The "Secrets of attacing chess" and "Learn from the legends" Awesome books!
Oct-04-14  waustad: I just saw he's playing in the poker games: PokerStars IoM Masters (2014)

His name rang a bell because i just read an article about him a few hours ago:

The picture is probably a few decades old.

Mar-27-15  TheFocus: <The draw by stalemate looks like a spot of discontinuity in the otherwise harmonious universe of values. To save a game by letting yourself be so completely humiliated as not being able to make a move looks rather undeserved> - Mihail Marin.
Mar-27-15  Petrosianic: Well, he's wrong. It only seems that way if you allow yourself to forget the goal of the game.

And FWIW, in a stalemate, the stronger seeming side is usually the one who ends up humiliated. So, doubly wrong.

Mar-27-15  TheFocus: I once watched a high schooler, who should have won the state high school championship tournament, get carried away by trying to promote as many pieces as he could. He had a great material advantage over his opponent, several pieces in fact, when suddenly, he overlooked that he had allowed stalemate.

The color drained from his face. He finished in second place.

Aug-02-15  virginmind: Finishing first in a tie of 9 players with 8/10 at Politiken Cup 2015, at 50 years old!
Aug-02-15  soldal: In fact, he finished eighth in a tie of 10 players:

Aug-03-15  virginmind: Right, yesterday I was looking at the (incomplete) standings given by Actually, even today they give him first in a tie of...11 players. They will probably soon rectify.
Jan-15-16  Martin Riggs:

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Donchenko vs Marin
Romania-Germany, Medias, 2015 [A81]

20...Nxg3! 21.Kxg3 Bc4!!

After analyzing with my opponent the official commentator Dorian Rogozenko asked me, also a lover of the classics, with a smile: "Alekhine?" I nodded affirmatively back and told him my little secret.

22.Qd2 [22.bxc4 leads to mate: 22...Be5+ 23.Nxe5 Qxe5+ 24.Kh4 (24.Kg4 Qf4#) 24...Qf6+ 25.Kg3 Qf4#]

22...Be5+ 23.Kh4 [23.Nxe5 Qxe5+ 24.Kh4 Rf4+ 25.Kg3 Rdf8, etc.]

23...Qe7+ 24.Qg5 Bg3+?! Wins the Queen and the game, but missed a mate in six moves: [24...Qxg5+ 25.Kxg5 Bf4+ 26.Kh4 g5+ 27.Kh5 Bf7+ 28.Kh6 Rd6+.] Alekhine probably would have seen this immediately.

25.Kxg3 Qxg5 26.Bc1 Qc5! 27.Nh6+?! Kg7 28.bxc4 Qe5+ 29.Kh4 Qh5+ 30.Kg3 Qe5+ 31.Kh4 Rf4+ 32.Ng4 h5 [Threatens 33...g5+ 34.Kxh5 Rh8+ with mate.] 0-1

Source: (December edition 4/2015)

P.S. All the best to you & yours for 2016 & beyond Mr. Marin. :0]

Apr-21-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Mihail Marin.
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