A Spanish Repertoire for Black by Mihail Marin

By Mihail Marin

Here's a world-class chess repertoire for Black opposed to 1.e4. because the name indicates, the repertoire relies at the revered Spanish starting, or the Ruy Lopez, because it is typically known as. In his prior publication, Beating the Open video games, Grandmaster Mihail Marin handled White’s thoughts as much as 3.Bb5. Now Marin presents all of the solutions for Black after 4.Ba4. This intensity of chess services has hardly been released for a mass viewers sooner than, as grandmasters frequently wish to retain their secrets and techniques. The complexity of the cloth might have been daunting, yet Marin is additionally a grasp of explaining profound rules to a large viewers.

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However, his king is left almost without defenders, while Black's coordination is obviously better. iWd4 the e4-pawn is doomed. cj;lf3 ltJ b 1 (threatening . ltJd2t) 40. cj;le2 Black can push His Majesty back with 40 ... iWd4. hc4 ttlxe4 Black's superior strategy has been crowned by a minimal material gain. ) more moves, but this is beyond our scope. ••• 1/Z-1f2 Theoretical discussions at the highest level Sixteen years later, Smyslov had the opportunity to test the variation at the highest possible level, namely in his second match against Botvinnik.

I am more inclined to believe that the latter is true, because his much younger but already very strong opponent was a firm adherent of the exchange on c5 (irrespective of Black's set-up) and had previously obtained a few convincing victories in this very line. tLlf5 would be strong, when 1 8 . Lf5 would not only lose time but also clears the e4-square for the g5knight. tLld5 also deserves consideration, because the knight is taboo in view of the x­ ray pressure against the h7-square. However, it is still an open question whether White can consolidate the knight on d5 after a calm queen retreat.

Hb3 can be met by the simple 1 9 . . CLla5 (since the b5-pawn is not attacked by the white queen) or 1 9 . b4. 18 ... tLJa5 Black rightly refrains from a further pawn advance. As pointed out by Borvinnik 1 8 . . id1 when after 20 ... CLl f5 :gd3! Black gets adequate counterplay in view of the weakness of the e4-pawn) 20 . . CLl f5 can only lead to problems for Black. White's kingside 44 A Spanish Repertoire for Black pressure compensates for the passivity of the b 1 bishop (which fulfils important defensive tasks) while the a5-knight does not have much hope of reaching a decent square soon.

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