Fast and Furious: Sicilian Taimanov with 5...a6

by Robert Ris
5/30/2019 – Today IM Robert Ris tackles an option in the Sicilian Taimanov on this Fast & Furious Thursday! The live show at 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST / 2 PM EDT) is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). To chat, please visit or login via Playchess for Windows.

The Sicilian Tajmanov-Scheveningen The Sicilian Tajmanov-Scheveningen

The Sicilian has been known for decades as the most reliable way for Black to obtain an unbalanced but good position. Among the most popular Sicilians at the top level the two that certainly stand out are the Najdorf and the Paulsen.


A Taimanov without Qc7

In tonight's show we will have a look at the Sicilian Taimanov with 5...a6, a favourite of many leading grandmasters including Svidler, Ivanchuk and Mamedyarov. After the principled 6.♘xc6 bxc6 Black obtains a nice pawn centre, though White usually generates excellent attacking chances against the black king.

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Robert is an International Master who mostly spends his time training and coaching talented youngsters. On the PlayChess server The Fast and the Furious is a popular show where he explains sharp opening lines for a wider audience. He is also a well-known ChessBase author who produced numerous DVDs and regularly contributes to ChessBase Magazine as well. Since 2015 he is the organizer of the Dutch Rapid Championships in his home town Amstelveen. He has started a YouTube channel with chess analysis as well.


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