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The Taimanov Sicilian Robin van Kampen

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Robin van Kampen provides a complete repertoire for Black in his favourite opening against 1.e4 - the Taimanov Sicilian. He explains why this slightly slower setup has been growing in popularity in recent years and is a great practical choice for Black, since it's more about ideas rather than concrete variations you have to memorise.


To grasp the key ideas and structures of the Taimanov Sicilian so you can play it with confidence as your main weapon against 1.e4. You'll also know what to do if your opponent tries to avoid your preparation on move 3.

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Robin introduces his series on the Taimanov Sicilian - typically 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 - and explains how its popularity has grown since 2013.

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  • Introduction

    02:24 min
  • The English Attack: Intro and 11.Bxd4

    19:06 min
  • The English Attack: 11.Qxd4

    18:01 min
  • The English Attack: 10.Kb1 and 10.Nxc6

    16:23 min
  • 8.f4!? - Popov's System

    10:00 min
  • Hybrid English Attack with 9.f4

    14:01 min
  • 6.f4

    12:56 min
  • 6.Be2 with 7.0-0

    16:45 min
  • 6.Be2 Nf6 7.Be3

    22:10 min
  • 6.g3

    18:45 min
  • The Be3/Bd3 System

    09:40 min
  • 5.Nb5

    19:30 min
  • Rare 6th moves

    11:00 min
  • 6.Be3 a6 7.Qf3

    17:41 min
  • Anti-Sicilian Intro and 3.c3

    15:50 min
  • Anti-Sicilian with 3.c4

    11:45 min
  • Anti-Sicilian with 3.b3

    09:07 min
  • Anti-Sicilian with 3.g3 and 3.d3

    09:40 min
  • Outro

    01:48 min
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