|Aug-03-12|| ||HeMateMe: Potkin really got pounded in the early middlegame, uncastled King, loss of material, a bad reference for the Taimonov Sicilian.|
|Aug-03-12|| ||perfidious: <HMM> My feeling is that 6.Nxc6 may be a little better for White, though in the following 1998 email game I played, this view never got put to the test:|
<NN (White, 2200)-AS 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Re1 Bb7 10.Bg5 Be7 11.e5 Nd7 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Qg4 0-0 14.Re3 f5 (maybe 14....c5 was stronger) 15.Rae1 (this email gave me one helluva shock) fxg4 (0-1)>
|Aug-04-12|| ||SteinitzLives: Potkin violates many basic principles in playing the Taimanov:
1) allowing white to play e5
2) giving white the c file (an insult to all black sicilians)
3)six out of blacks' first seven moves were pawn moves, (call it creating an open door policy).
4) black does not get the c Bishop to b7 until move 17?
Recipe for disaster, makes me wonder how little Potkin plays the Taimanov.
|Aug-04-12|| ||kingfu: Plotkin plays the Taimonov a lot. Would an early e5 be ok for black? Say, around move 8.|
|Aug-05-12|| ||SteinitzLives: On move 8 in this particular game 8 . . . . e5 would make black fall disastrously behind in development and one of blacks' center pawns is probably lost to boot. 9. exd5 cxd5 10. Re1 (or Qe2) and blacks' position w/ the K as a sitting duck on e8 is very bad.|
|Aug-05-12|| ||kingfu: I was thinking that black is way down after 10.e5.
How (or if) can black undig (or prevent) this hole?
|Aug-05-12|| ||kingfu: Then there is Bd6. But White plays 9. f4 and we are in the same sinking boat. |
And then later I see 4! of black's pieces on their original squares and a nekkid black King in the middle.
|Aug-05-12|| ||SteinitzLives: Blacks 7th d5 which is always a thematic goal for black in many sicilian variations, seems premature here.|
|Aug-05-12|| ||perfidious: < SteinitzLives: Blacks 7th d5 which is always a thematic goal for black in many sicilian variations, seems premature here.>|
Which explains, of course, why numerous GM games have featured this line.
|Aug-06-12|| ||kingfu: 7...Bb4 has not been played much but would seem to give the game a French Winawer feel.|