Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Sicilian Taimanov (6.Be3 a6 7.g4)

by Robert Ris
7/8/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at a fascinating game from the Croatia Grand Chess Tour. He delves into the intricacies of a trendy line of the Sicilian Taimanov (with an early 7.g4), discussing the thematic attacking ideas for both sides. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Thematic attacking ideas

The Taimanov Variation of the Sicilian is still very hot, as a few weeks ago we looked at a razor-sharp attacking game in the old main variation with 6.Be2 followed by castling kingside.

The game Anand vs. Van Foreest, from the rapid section of the Croatia Grand Chess Tour in Zagreb, featured a more trendy line in this opening (6.Be3 a6 7.g4), which typically led to a very sharp middlegame with kings castled on opposite sides. In this week's Fast & Furious show I have a look at this fascinating game, discussing the key ideas in the opening as well as the thematic attacking ideas for both sides. 

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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.

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