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Re: How is the Taimanov holding up theoretically ?
Reply #6 - 04/18/19 at 20:07:19
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See from the Quality blog that an excerpt for their book on the Taimanov will be posted next week...will be really keen to see the lines that have been selected so hoping it will have a reasonably detailed content page.
  
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Re: How is the Taimanov holding up theoretically ?
Reply #5 - 03/17/19 at 08:43:08
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The Taimanov seems fine, although I agree that the g3 lines are practically quite unpleasant - it's probably best to follow Van Kampen's recommendation. The engine gives White an advantage but severely misunderstands the arising middlegame in the Nd5 Bxd5 exd5 pawn structure.
  

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Re: How is the Taimanov holding up theoretically ?
Reply #4 - 03/15/19 at 17:01:24
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Well, my suggestion would of course be to browse the book in a bookshop (if a chess specialist one exists in your area) once it comes out, and make a decision from there.
  
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Re: How is the Taimanov holding up theoretically ?
Reply #3 - 03/15/19 at 16:21:04
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Thanks for your thoughts...think I might just stick with my current openings for black and leave the Taimanov in the past!
  
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Re: How is the Taimanov holding up theoretically ?
Reply #2 - 03/14/19 at 14:44:16
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I played Taimanov but stopped since I never liked to face g3 , that I like to play with white,  and Be3 Qf3 became a serious line where I don't know what to play as black since books did  it cover it. I will buy the new book when it arrives and if there is a solution that Iike to both g3 and Be3 Qf3 system I will take up the opening again.
  
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Re: How is the Taimanov holding up theoretically ?
Reply #1 - 03/13/19 at 23:25:40
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I can't speak to its theoretical status, nor do I play it regularly (or at all, really), but at one point I was planning on incorporating the Taimanov into my regular repertoire. The problem (and I'm sure this is, to a large degree, a personal problem) is that pretty much every White line is kind of annoying.

6 Be3 and 7 Qf3 is obviously the critical main line.

6 Be3 and the English Attack is supposed to be okay for Black in the ...Be7/...Nxd4 lines (probably among others), but you still have to really know what you're doing, and there are some early Kb1 lines that felt slightly uncomfortable for Black to me (possibly due to my general lack of Sicilian experience)

6 Be2 is what I currently play for the White side - the big main line with Na4 and Nxc6/Nb6/Nxc8 looks slightly slightly better for White to me, and he's got two Bishops to work with. The variation with Nxc6 and Qd4 also seemed nice for White (though not really giving any significant advantage). 6...Nf6 is possible, but in addition to needing to be comfortable with a Scheveningen, I think 7 Be3! and going long is a good option.

6 g3 is kind of annoying as well IMO - the long main line with ...Nxd4 and ...Bc5 leaves White more or less playing for two results in an ending (IIRC), while everything else seemed a bit better for White to me. There's always the Scheveningen, but again, not everyone likes the Scheveningen (I don't really)

6 f4 I don't think is easy either.

6 Be3 and 7 Bd3 was the major option I was least worried about, but it's also perfectly reasonable of course.

That's not really what you asked for, admittedly, but that is just a summary of why I ultimately decided not to play the Taimanov, around roughly 2017.
  
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How is the Taimanov holding up theoretically ?
03/13/19 at 19:53:31
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Many years ago the Taimanov Sicilian was part of my repertoire but these days I don't play it. With a new book on the Taimanov due out in the next month or two so I'm thinking of taking it up again.

Problem is, looking at GM Roiz's column it looks like the Taimanov is struggling theoretically, so just wondering if someone who plays it regularly could let me have their thoughts on it?
  
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