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Taimanov with 5...a6 VS 5...Qc7
Hi all, 
I have always payed the taimanov via the 5…Qc7 move order, seeing 5…a6 as the solid but passive option, mainly because of 6.NxNc6, but I’m not so sure now. 5…Qc7 leads to more direct pla...

Started 08/25/23 at 14:13:03 by Isolani
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By: Isolani
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Demuth on Modernized Kan
Today Thinkers Publishing has announced another (cover of a) opening book:
The Modernized Sicilian KAN by Adrien Demuth
tracke  Smiley

Started 10/17/21 at 20:00:32 by tracke
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23 7384 Last Post 04/01/22 at 21:40:39
By: Michael Ayton
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Willis on Sicilian4Knights
The Sicilian Four Knights
- A Simple and Sound Defense to 1.e4 -
by Corr Senior Master David Willis
Foreword by Vassilios Kotronias 
Russell Enterprises ; 240 pages ; 25 $

Started 05/19/21 at 14:40:43 by tracke
7 3759 Last Post 09/12/21 at 05:02:45
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Poll: Best line for Black against the g3 - Taimanov???
I have recently started to play the Taimanov in Correspondence Chess, with very good results.  Cheesy
Until now I have never had to play against the g3-Variation.
I'm very lucky about this  Grin b...

Started 12/16/12 at 21:35:26 by Ilya_Colima
3 6500 Last Post 09/29/14 at 20:59:29
By: yolocounty
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Taimanov English Attack 8...Bb4 9.f3 Ne7
I'm working through my Taimanov repertoire (as White) and am stuck on the following position:

Started 05/13/13 at 15:04:01 by blueguitar322
4 4750 Last Post 05/15/13 at 19:51:53
By: ErictheRed
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Silician Four Knights Variation
Hi there forum members,
Does anyone here have any knowledge about the theoretical status of the Sicilian Defence Four Knights Variation occurring after the moves:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 ...

Started 04/14/12 at 18:44:47 by topandkas
3 4324 Last Post 04/15/12 at 12:23:59
By: Markovich
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New Taimanov Book
I wonder how this book will compare with the 2008 Chess Stars book on the Safest Sicilian, especially the 6. Be2 lin...

Started 02/17/12 at 21:05:19 by Gilchrist is a legend
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By: atticus
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Main Line Taimanov
So, I'm a longtime Taimanov player, with very good results at my level.  Unfortunately, against strong players, I have suffered a couple of heavy defeats in the absolute main line (if it still is):<br...

Started 06/25/11 at 01:36:35 by OrangeCounty
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By: OrangeCounty
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How to play this variation?
I am looking at a variationof the four knights (with e6) but cant find the right moves for white and this after the following moves.
1 e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Ndb5 Bc...

Started 04/01/11 at 10:21:04 by nesocharis
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By: nesocharis
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Pin Variation (Sicilian Counter Attack)
What is your verdict on the Pin Variation of the Sicilian, which arises after the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4? Does White have a route to a clear advantage from here, or is the...

Started 10/28/10 at 03:30:14 by TN
4 7195 Last Post 11/13/10 at 08:27:56
By: Schroeder
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Classical Taimanov 7.Be3 Nf6 8.0-0 Bb4 9.f3?!
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.Be3 Nf6 8.0-0 Bb4 9.f3.
OK, all my sources say that this is last move is inaccurate. I rather like 9...0-0 now, but in a game I went wit...

Started 10/21/09 at 02:20:14 by Seth_Xoma
7 4214 Last Post 10/23/09 at 19:38:40
By: Willempie
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Anand Vol.9 - suggestion in Engl. attack
According to the information provided by Chess Stars publishing Vol.9 is suggesting the English Attack versus the Taimanov and apparently one of the major suggestions is in the variation 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3...

Started 04/01/07 at 09:49:34 by Bonsai
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By: Pessoa
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Taimanov, English Attack with 9...d5
Yesterday I played against an IM and had the following opening:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qc7 5. Nc3 e6 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. O-O-O Bb4 9. f3
Now my opponent played...

Started 03/22/08 at 09:01:47 by sterpfi
3 2573 Last Post 03/31/08 at 08:57:44
By: Willempie
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Taimanov; 7.Bd3 line - follow up on the October up
A recent game of mine in the 7.Bd3 line of the Taimanov (that is: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Bd3) sent me rechecking the “Safest Sicilian” and Richard Palliser’s joint ...

Started 03/20/08 at 17:02:52 by Ptero
3 2105 Last Post 03/23/08 at 11:47:36
By: MarinFan
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The Kan variation with 5. Bd3 Nc6
How is White supposed to get an advantage after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cd 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Nc6?
After 6. Nxc6 dc followed by ... e5 Black looks equal to me so I suppose White has to play 6. Be...

Started 02/25/08 at 11:59:39 by CheckMate
6 3804 Last Post 03/12/08 at 09:17:41
By: MarinFan
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Sicilian: French Variation
Whilst playing through the start of the Classical Sicilian on ChessDB (my database software), I realised that Black could actually play ...,d5 immediately.
1. e4, c5; 2. Nf3, e6; ...

Started 02/05/08 at 00:35:06 by Dragan Glas
4 3200 Last Post 02/09/08 at 21:23:08
By: Matemax
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Basman(-Sale) Variation
What is the "State of the Nation" on the Basman-Sale Variation?
Is it still alive?
John Smiley

Started 04/19/06 at 22:36:14 by jeupham
6 7294 Last Post 05/12/07 at 21:30:04
By: Bluesette
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interesting!? idea in Paulsen-Kan variation
[Event "120'/40+60'/rest"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B41"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. a4 b6 6. Bc4 Qc7 7. Bb3 Bb7 8. Nd2
Nf6 9. Qe2 d6 10. f3 g6 11. Qc4 Qxc4 12. Nxc4 N...

Started 03/28/07 at 21:00:15 by hwarangdo
9 4274 Last Post 03/30/07 at 10:34:41
By: MarinFan
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Anyone writing Starting Out Sicilian Kan?
A few years have passed since Emm's book and it would be interesting to see what practitioner's think of Khalifman's suggestions in Vol 8 of his Anand series.

Started 02/12/07 at 21:01:02 by ano
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By: ano
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the go for it variation?!
i saw the variation that T. kosten suggests but checking it with fritz 10 i discovered that after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cd 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Qb6 6. e5 Bc5! 7. Ndb5! (from the fritz 10 database) B:f...

Started 02/04/07 at 08:38:27 by suny
4 2434 Last Post 02/10/07 at 00:28:13
By: Alkelele
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