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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Born in 1988, Robert Ris is an International Master who has represented The Netherlands in various international youth events. Nowadays his main activities in the Amsterdam area consist of teaching in schools, chess clubs and giving coaching sessions to private clients. On top of that, he is also an active online trainer with a number of students from a host of different countries. Between 2009 and 2013 he contributed to the online magazines ChessVibes Openings and ChessVibes Training and now has a monthly endgame column in the Masters Bulletin at On the PlayChess server The Fast and the Furious is a popular show where he explains sharp opening lines for a wider audience. He has also made a number of contributions to ChessBase Magazine, and has had several appearances as a live commentator for prestigious events, including the Dutch National Championships 2011-2013 and the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in 2013 and 2014.And he is a popular ChessBase author who produced a number of DVDs on how to play the opening.
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