|Aug-09-05|| ||bomb the bishop: An interesting line as both white and black pieces|
|Aug-28-05|| ||WannaBe: Seems B45-B49 have very few differences. When the a6 pawn is played and when Qc7 is played.|
Then if you do ... d6 it's the Najdorf? I think that's right...
|Jul-24-10|| ||rapidcitychess: <Wannabe> <...d6 it's the Najdorf?> No not really, it's more of a Classical Sicilian, with ...Nf6 delayed. the e7-e5 push is the Najdorf, which, on a side note, is why I no longer play the Najdorf.|
|Feb-10-11|| ||Maatalkko: Let's say you want to get a Bastrikov Taimanov, but you want to avoid the hedgehog-like lines that occur after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cd4 4. nd4 e6 5. Nb5. Is it a good idea to play 4...a6 instead? If 5. c4 e5! is pretty strong for Black. Taimanov used it to beat Karpov. After White retreats the knight to wherever, black can play 6...Nf6 7. Nc3 Bb4 with decent pressure. If 5. Nc3 or 5. Be3 you play 5...e6 and it's a Taimanov.|
Does anyone see a drawback to this move order?
|Feb-10-11|| ||Maatalkko: Oops, my comment was wrong. You need to play 2...Nc6 on move two to reach the position I was describing. So there's one drawback. 3. Bb5 is annoying.|
|Feb-10-11|| ||fisayo123: The Taimanov seems to be a less aggressive variation in the sicilian as opposed to the ultra-complicated and most times crazy dragon or nadjorf .I love it when white exchanges knights with my knight on c6 as this gives me the chance to play d5 with a commanding pawn chain.Its a fun variation.|
|Feb-10-11|| ||MaxxLange: < 3. Bb5 is annoying>|
Indeed. BUT...there is no move order that can stop White from playing an "anti-Sicilian" system. Ya just have to choose your poison.
These days, we seem to see the Sicilian Kan move order more often than we do the Taimanov,,,,,.....Black delays committing his pieces as long as possible, he does not play an early ...Nc6
|Feb-11-11|| ||Maatalkko: The reason I don't like Kan is that the 5. Bd3 lines seem stronger for white. Of course the 5. Nc3 lines transpose to Taimanov, which is what we see here. My basic goal is to reach the positon in the diagram we see above. |
If you go the Taimanov route, you have to deal with 5. Nb5. If you go the Kan route, 5. Bd3 comes up. That's why I'm suggesting the 2...Nc6 3. d4 cd 4. Nd4 a6 route, as seen in this game:
Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977
5. Bd3 and 5. Nb5, the two annoying moves, are ruled out. If white is unfamiliar with 4...a6 or wants to skip the main lines, he might choose 5. c4, but then I think Taimanov's 5...e5 looks like an improved Kalashnikov. Without an Nb5 option it is more difficult to effectively pressure d6 and d5. The whole position after 5...e5 is not very much explored, but it seems logical and has surprise value. I'd rather play that than a 5. Bd3 Kan or a 5. Nb5 Taimanov.
That's my thought...just putting it out there as a suggestion for Taimanov/Kan players. Nobody knew those lines better than Taimanov himself, and he liked the move order. Of course, if anyone knows of a drawback I'd like to hear it.
|Nov-27-11|| ||abaddon620: If you play 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6, white player can play 3.Bb5, the Rosolimo attack against your sicilian move order... Although the drawing margine is high, you need to know these line too...|