Understanding before Moving 108: Play the Sicilian (9)

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1/15/2023 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 108th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to explain why it is good to study and to play the Sicilian. | Photo: Pascal Simon

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In this video lesson, we will look at the background of the Taimanov Sicilian. The discussion will include  several variations and possibilities, and I will try to clarify the ideas  behind it.

In my opinion, you do not learn an opening by memorizing variations - you also have to understand the moves. When strong players prepare for their games and when they play, they sometimes have beautiful concepts in mind, and this helps them to steer the game in their favour.

Studying and verbalising these plans can help you to understand the typical structures of an opening. In today's vido we will highlight the basic principles of the Taimanov variation while offering an overview of the most important ideas for both players.

The diagram belows shows a well-known position from the Taimanov Sicilian, and here White has a number of possibilities. 11.Qd2-e1 is one of them. Do you see - apart from the strategic idea  behind this - which tactical possibility White suddenly has after 11.Qe1? And how should Black parry this threat?


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