Understanding before Moving 110: Play the Sicilian (11)

by ChessBase
1/29/2023 – 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 110th 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 episode, we conclude our discussion of the Taimanov Variation but we do so with a bang. One game that should not be missed is the exciting encounter between Chinese prodigy Wei Yi and five-time Dutch women's champion, Anne Haast, played at the Tata Steel Tournament 2015 in the Challengers group.

Anne employed a set-up that had been featured earlier in the same tournament in the Masters in a game between Saric and Giri. In this game, Giri had improved upon an earlier game in which he had encountered difficulties against Radjabov (also in the same year).

But Wei Yi had done his homework and unleashed a novelty on the 16th move. Anne's response was not sufficient, allowing Wei Yi to launch a dizzying attack.

Can you guess which move he started with? And can you work out how he continued in brilliant fashion?


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