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Chess Explained: The Taimanov Sicilian [Paperback]

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Chess Explained is a new series of books about chess openings. They are not theoretical works in the traditional sense, but more a series of lessons from a chess expert with extensive over-the-board experience with an opening. You will gain an understanding of the opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have. The Taimanov Sicilian is one of the most flexible options for Black in the Open Sicilian. Black avoids committing himself to a rigid set-up, and tailors his response once White has shown his hand. This can lead to a great variety of central structures, and the player with the better understanding of typical Sicilian themes will often emerge victorious -- Taimanov positions need to be understood well in order to be played well. Many of the post-war World Champions have used the Taimanov, and amongst the current world elite, Anand has played it most frequently. This book covers the Paulsen set-up with ...Qc7 in addition to the 'pure' Taimanov with ...Nge7.

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Pages   111
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  190460062X  
ISBN13  9781904600626  

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Clearly the best book until now in this new series  Nov 17, 2006
After a 15-year-break from chess, IM Rizzitano has finally returned to tournament play. Within a short period of time he has now written even more books than other authors do during their whole lifes through, but thishas not taken bad influence on the quality of the books. On the contrary: in my eyes, his books become better and better.

His current book on the Taimanov-sicilian has to compete with some strong
prodecessors such as Taimanov's own book, a nice book by Graham Burgess
and a recent book by grandmaster Alexander Delchev who is a known expert
on the Taimanov. I think Rizzitano has no reason at all to hide behind those famous names. As Rizzitano's game against Shabalov shows, he has had
some very interesting novelties prepared before returning to tournament play.

I am delightened to see his great explanations, showing the connection between opening and middlegame in an almost perfect manner. He uses 25
modelgames to show the currently very popular lines as the english attack
as well as Taimanov's original handling with ...Nge7 and lesser known

As far as I am concerned, this clearly is the best book of this new series
and I am looking forward for further books written by Rizzitano. Just great!
The Best Book on the Taimanov Sicilian  Nov 12, 2006
New England International Master James Rizzitano follows up to his best-selling books "How to Beat 1 d4" and "Understanding Your Chess" with "Chess Explained: The Taimanov Sicilian". This is the first objective, comprehensive coverage of this opening since Graham Burgess' 2000 book "The Taimanov Sicilian" - an additional benefit is that Burgess is the editor of this book. "Chess Explained: The Taimanov Sicilian" features plentiful, well-written prose to guide newcomers through the subtleties of the Taimanov Sicilian. Rizzitano has accomplished the rare feat of combining thorough explanations with authoritative analysis to satisfy the needs of strong players also. The book covers all variations which arise after the moves 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nc6.
Among the highlights I enjoyed:
1) Coverage of lines arising after both 5 Nc3 Qc7 and 5 Nc3 a6, including the 'Pure' Taimanov lines with ...Nge7.
2) Coverage of several lines which transpose into a Scheveningen Sicilian.
3) Clear explanations and details on move-order tricks and transpositions.
4) Detailed bibliography and correction of many analytical errors in previous books.
5) Objective analysis of lines from the perspective of both White and Black including many of the author's own recently-played games.
6) Coverage of many lines that have been ignored in recent repertoire-style books including the Probing Bishop Variation, the Maroczy Bind Variation, the Kasparov/Dely Gambit, the English Attack, and the Main Lines including a fantastic explanation of the differences between Black's major alternatives.
The Taimanov Sicilian is currently the fastest-growing Sicilian Defense Variation among strong players - if you play this opening as Black or need to know how to meet it as White, this book is an essential part of your opening preparation. A fantastic book!

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