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English Opening Lovers

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  • Formed: Jul 12, 2010
  • This group is dedicated to the ACTIVE discussion and practice of all things 1. c4. We will have tournaments in various variations of the English, as well as 1.c4 themed vote and team chess matches. We play vote chess according to rules that stimulate the discussion and the discussion in our forum is very lively too.

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  • hi

    by desdichachio 8 days ago

  • benkku, I'm on my trip to South America starting today. Maybe I will be able to get online once in a while, but captaining the group and especially the vote chess games is now up to you!

    by ccssii 8 days ago

  • hello all!

    by varelse1 9 days ago

  • in our forums we have some topics discussing Marin's books. See for example here: http://www.chess.com/groups/forumview/books-on-the-english-opening

    by ccssii 4 weeks ago

  • Marin's books are really good, but also very demanding. More like a lifetime companion. I like the clear way the material is organized based on the almost invariantly played 2. g3 move order (other than Watson which is good but drives me crazy with all those move order changes for every variation).

    by benkku52 4 weeks ago

  • Work is driving me crazy now, but in about a month I'd like to either do a book review of Marin's trilogy or have a discussion about them; they're excellent but really far from perfect.

    by odyson 4 weeks ago

  • I suspect Marin's books are meant to help you become an expert, at least, and probably a master or better. If you don'tt mind doing the work then these books will help you realize your potential. The work, as always when it comes to excellence, is arduous.

    by odyson 4 weeks ago

  • Hi everyone, anyone have Marin's three repertoire books on the English? What is the target rating audience? I have Giddin's English Move by Move but it doesn't provide a repertoire, so would the books be alright for me?

    by tonylu75491 4 weeks ago

  • looks fun, but i wouldn't use it in serious matches

    by grolk 4 weeks ago

  • I think it looks pretty bad, I mean when black plays 1...Nf6 he is already one piece ahead in development so even if white gets a tempo black should not be in any problem and in long term losing the gpawn is pretty bad, but if you or anyone knows more about it it would be fun to hear the ideas you use with the gambit, i have never seen it before :P.

    by Pawnndercover 4 weeks ago