The Taimanov Bible: A Complete Manual for the Sicilian Player
2nd Revised and Extended Edition by Ivan Ivanisevic, Milos Perunovic & Robert Markus
A user-friendly style that suits all levels of players. Nowadays, chess players are overwhelmed with piles of information and endless databases. It is very difficult to choose "your variations” and therefore this book will surely come as a great additional help.
In addition to the basic Taimanov ideas this book keeps and follows – in an original manner – the two main concepts: ‘almost never play an early ...d6’ (Scheveningen- style) and ‘push ...h5 whenever you can’ (Paulsen-style).
This book tries to demonstrate the classic game for the type of positions that occur in the Taimanov, in order to make readers primarily able to familiarise themselves with the basic motifs and ideas of this Sicilian
For variations that are sharp and complicated, two possible continuations are offered.
The latest fashion – the 7.Qf3 line. Readers will have the choice between the peaceful 7...Bd6, and 7...d6 where we head for a sharp Sicilian, true to its style.
In the famous English attack with Be3 – Qd2 – 0-0-0, in addition to the well-known ...Bb4 and ...Ne5, our second proposal – of which we can safely state that we are most proud – is called the "Serbian variation" starting with ...Bb4 and ...0-0.
About the specific move order in reaching our Paulsen-Taimanov variation, there are two possibilities. The first possibility is to start with 2... e6 and 4... Nc6, and the second one is revealed by 2...Nc6 with 4...Qc7.
The authors decided on the move order 2...Nc6 and 4...Qc7 firstly because we all learned this way in the Paulsen-Taimanov variation, but also for practical reasons.
Firstly, we avoid 5.Nb5, which results in typical Hedgehog set-ups, and these posi- tions are not to everyone's taste. Another reason is to keep in reserve the option of playing ...e5 at once, or sometimes even ...g6 without touching the e-pawn. This book is the result of twenty years of work and playing the Taimanov combined.
The authors themselves have shared over 500 games of experience in this variation and wished to show all the beauty and richness of it. The book will conjure all this and more, and will help readers into the labyrinths of the Taimanov Bible.
ISBN: 9789464201703, Paperback, Thinkers Publishing
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