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"Learn from the Legends" - Mihail Marin
Compiled by Karpova
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Marin, Mihail: "Learn from the Legends - Chess Champions at their Best", 2nd edition, Quality Chess, Gothenburg 2006

An excellent book by GM Mihail Marin which won the ChessCafe.com Book of the Year award in 2005.

The book consists of the following chapters:

1. Akiba Rubinstein's Rook Endings

2. Alexander Alekhine and the Fourth Phase of the Game

3. In the Patriarch's Footsteps

4. Tal's Super Rooks vs. Two Minor Pieces

5. Petrosian's Exchange Sacrifices

6. Bobby Fischer's Pet Bishop

7. Karpov's Opposite Coloured Bishops Endings

8. Viktor, the "Non-Existent" Hero

There is also a bibliography, two forewords, short introductions to each chapter (about 1 page each), biographies of the chessplayers (about 1.5 pages each) and two indices (Index of complete games, Index of game fragments). The book has 331 pages and all the chapters together taking up 306 pages.

I designate the games the following way:

1. Information is the Chapter you find it in (e. g. C1 means "Chapter 1").

2. Category (e. g. "Coverting a material advantage 1") - but I shortened the titles of the categories a bit.

3. Complete game score ("C") or game fragment ("F") - since the book focuses on endgames most games are fragments (i. e. no opening or middlegame moves are given).

C1 "Converting a material advantage 1" F
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

C1 F
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

C1 "Converting a material advantage 1" F
Rubinstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1920 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

C1 "Converting a positional advantage" C
Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1911 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 76 moves, 1-0

C1 F
Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1912  
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 27 moves, 0-1

C1 "Converting a positional advantage" F
Rubinstein vs E Cohn, 1907 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

C1 F
Rubinstein vs Bogoljubov, 1922 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

C1 "2R vs 2R: Mating ideas" F
Rubinstein vs Chigorin, 1906 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

C1 "Converting a material advantage 2" F
Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1922 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 47 moves, 1-0

C1 "Positional advantage: Play on 2 wings" F
Duras vs Rubinstein, 1909  
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 65 moves, 0-1

C1 "Positional advantage: Play on 2 wings" F
Rubinstein vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1924 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 1-0

C1 "Positional advantage: Play on 2 wings" F
Janowski vs Rubinstein, 1907 
(C49) Four Knights, 78 moves, 0-1

C1 F
A Sokolov vs Yusupov, 1986 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 72 moves, 0-1

C1 "Positional advantage: Play on 2 wings" F
Levenfish vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C45) Scotch Game, 47 moves, 0-1

C2 F
V Stoica vs M Marin, 1988
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 45 moves, 0-1

C2 "Open Lines" F
Alekhine vs E Eliskases, 1939 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 47 moves, 1-0

C2 "Open Lines" F
Stahlberg vs Alekhine, 1934
(A90) Dutch, 44 moves, 0-1

C2 "Strong passed pawn" F
Alekhine vs Keres, 1938 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

C2 "Strong passed pawn" F
Alekhine vs Colle, 1925 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 61 moves, 1-0

C2 "Strong passed pawn" F
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1929 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 77 moves, 1-0

C2 "Odds and trends" F
Alekhine vs Levenfish, 1920 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

C2 "Odds and trends" F
W John vs Alekhine, 1910 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 0-1

C3 F
Geller vs Suba, 1986 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 45 moves, 0-1

C3 F
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

C3 F
Levenfish vs Kotov, 1939 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 72 moves, 1-0

C3 F
Saidy vs Fischer, 1964 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 56 moves, 0-1

C3 F
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 1-0

C4 F
Ermenkov vs M Marin, 1990
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

C4 F
C Navrotescu vs M Marin, 2001
(E17) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

C4 "Rook vs Minor Pieces endings" F
L Grigorian vs Tal, 1967 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 52 moves, 0-1

C4 "Rook vs Minor Pieces endings" F
M Knezevic vs Tal, 1977
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 0-1

C4 "Rook vs Minor Pieces endings" F
Spassky vs Tal, 1965 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 40 moves, 0-1

C4 "Rook vs Minor Pieces, Queens otb" F
Tal vs Mukitsashvili, 1968 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

C4 "Rook vs Minor Pieces, Queens otb" F
Tal vs B Brinck-Claussen, 1966 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 45 moves, 1-0

C4 "Complex endings" F
Tal vs U Tarve, 1965 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

C4 "Complex endings" F
Tal vs Visockiss, 1954 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 41 moves, 1-0

C4 "Complex endings" F
Tal vs N K Ivanov, 1972 
(A15) English, 39 moves, 1-0

C4 "The end of an impossible dream" F
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1980 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 42 moves, 1-0

C5 "Psychological aspects" C
M Marin vs Stefansson, 2000
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 58 moves, 1-0

C5 F
M Marin vs D Solak, 2001
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

C5 "Psychological aspects" F
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1972 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

C5 "Relativity" F
Szabo vs Petrosian, 1952 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 47 moves, 0-1

C5 "Relativity" F
M Marin vs M Golubev, 1996
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 73 moves, 1-0

C5 "Removing vital link in pawn chain" F
O Troianescu vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A04) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 0-1

C5 "Removing vital link in pawn chain" F
Petrosian vs Sosonko, 1981 
(A20) English, 45 moves, 1-0

C5 "Removing vital link in pawn chain" F
Dunaev vs Petrosian, 1946 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 32 moves, 0-1

C5 "Improving own pawn structure" F
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

C5 "Breaking opponent's initiative" C
Petrosian vs Rashkovsky, 1976 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 31 moves, 1-0

C5 "Breaking opponent's initiative" F
Petrosian vs Nunn, 1978 
(A61) Benoni, 35 moves, 1-0

C5 "Other exchange sacrifices" F
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 0-1

C5 "Other exchange sacrifices" F
Huebner vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 40 moves, 0-1

C5 "Check intuition with concrete analysis" F
Petrosian vs Tolush, 1951
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 39 moves, 0-1

C6 C
Fischer vs S Kagan, 1968 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 34 moves, 1-0

C6 "B's domination over the N" F
Fischer vs W G Addison, 1957 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 36 moves, 1-0

C6 "B's domination over the N" F
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 
(B44) Sicilian, 89 moves, 1-0

C6 F
Taimanov vs Fischer, 1960 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 87 moves, 1/2-1/2

C6 "The typical 'good' bishop" F
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 71 moves, 1-0

C6 "The typical 'good' bishop" F
Fischer vs Tal, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 63 moves, 1-0

C6 "The apparently 'bad' bishop" F
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(A04) Reti Opening, 66 moves, 0-1

C6 "The apparently 'bad' bishop" F
Fischer vs H Rossetto, 1959 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 37 moves, 1-0

C6 "Relativity of 'good' & 'bad' bishop" F
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1970 
(B44) Sicilian, 58 moves, 1-0

C6 "Relativity of 'good' & 'bad' bishop" F
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

C6 "Twenty years later" F
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 58 moves, 1-0

C7 F
G Grigore vs M Marin, 2002
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 0-1

C7 "Pure BOC endings" F
Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1975 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 0-1

C7 "Pure BOC endings" F
Macieja vs Karpov, 2003
(A28) English, 67 moves, 0-1

C7 "BOC + R, min. pos. advantage" F
B Alterman vs Karpov, 1995 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 0-1

C7 "BOC + R, min. pos. advantage" F
Beliavsky vs Karpov, 1993 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 61 moves, 0-1

C7 F
A Fauland vs M Marin, 1988 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

C7 "Outside passes pawn" F
R Meulders vs Karpov, 1987
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 62 moves, 0-1

C7 "Outside passes pawn" F
Karpov vs Short, 1989 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 65 moves, 1-0

C7 "Outside passes pawn" F
Karpov vs Van der Wiel, 1988 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 61 moves, 1-0

C7 "Restricting the enemy bishop" F
Karpov vs Kavalek, 1974 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 45 moves, 1-0

C7 "A crucial game" C
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 50 moves, 1-0

C8 C
Korchnoi vs Polugaevsky, 1977 
(A17) English, 60 moves, 1-0

C8 F
Korchnoi vs Polugaevsky, 1977 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 63 moves, 1-0

C8 "Akiba's successor" F
Korchnoi vs Portisch, 1983 
(A17) English, 55 moves, 1-0

C8 "A universal player" C
Korchnoi vs Grischuk, 2001 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1-0

C8 F
Korchnoi vs L Bruzon, 2001
(D54) Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation, 62 moves, 1-0

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