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Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation (B47)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nc6 5 Nc3 Qc7

Number of games in database: 6581
Years covered: 1935 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 33.1%
   Black wins 29.4%
   Draws 37.5%

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Dragoljub Velimirovic  39 games
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Milan Matulovic  124 games
Pia Cramling  58 games
Pavel Tregubov  58 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Fischer vs Tal, 1961
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971
Ljubojevic vs Andersson, 1976
V Liberzon vs Larsen, 1976
Savon vs Spassky, 1962
Korchnoi vs Averbakh, 1959
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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Kan vs Flohr  ½-½431935MoscowB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. Petrov vs M Feigin 0-1331936Riga government team cupB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. G A Thomas vs V Mikenas  0-1451938Hastings 1937/38B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. A Kohler vs W Weil  ½-½361938German ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
5. Boleslavsky vs V Mogilevsky  1-0481942KuybyshevB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
6. J Szily vs G Fuster  1-0401947Hungarian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
7. F R Anderson vs P Vaitonis  ½-½591951Canadian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
8. P Gracs vs J Kapu  1-0281951Hungarian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. J Rotstein vs B Katalymov  1-0301952Ukrainian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
10. Enej vs Kapu  0-1401953Budapest, HungaryB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. M Fox vs G Fuster  0-1391955Canadian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
12. H Gross vs G Fuster  1-047195657th US OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
13. E McCormick vs G Fuster  1-056195657th US OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. Yanofsky vs G Fuster  1-0341956Canadian OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
15. Birger Wikstrom vs G Borisenko  ½-½381957W-ch4 sf02 corrB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
16. Pilnik vs T van Scheltinga  0-1431957HoogovensB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. V Shiyanovsky vs G Bastrikov  1-0611957URS-ch sf KievB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
18. V Tarasov vs G Borisenko  ½-½421957URS-ch sf SverdlovskB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
19. Y Kots vs A Vaisman  1-0171958Ukrainian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
20. A Matanovic vs Filip  ½-½391958Portoroz InterzonalB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
21. J Sherwin vs Benko  ½-½701958Portoroz InterzonalB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. P Oliveira vs G Fuster  1-0381958Munich Olympiad qual-4B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
23. J M Aitken vs Portisch  0-1501958Munich Olympiad qual-3B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
24. A Franck vs P Vaitonis  ½-½331958Munich Olympiad Final-BB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
25. C van den Berg vs G Fuster  ½-½281958Munich Olympiad Final-BB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
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Jun-01-04  OneBadDog: Prepare for a d5 push. Play Bb4 and/or b5 in order to put pressure on the epawn.
Jul-06-04  Tennyson: I'm interested in getting opinions on the Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation (B47) where black sacs his queen for three minor pieces in the following variation: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Ndb5 Qb8 7. Be3 a6 8. Bb6 axb5 9. Nxb5 Bb4+ 10. c3 Ba5 11. Nc7+ Qxc7 12. Bxc7 Bxc7 13. Qg4 Black has good open lines, white has queen mobility. I'm really rooting for black here, but the opening explorer gives %100 wins to white. I've observed black win this line in tournaments, but not GM level. Has anybody seen this variation analyzed in books?
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  Zenchess: NIC had an article on it a few years back; I think it was around #60 (I'm not sure of the exact date). Play is actually fairly tame after the initial fireworks; White tries to crash through on the Q-side in the games I have.
Jul-07-04  Tennyson: Thanks <Zenchess>. It seems if black can survive with material intact until the endgame then he has a good chance of winning.
Feb-17-06  notyetagm: There is a new book called The Safest Sicilian. Here is an excerpt from the description of it on the bcmchess website:

<The Bulgarian GM Delchev (current Elo 2661) proposes a sound yet aggressive Black Sicilian repertoire, based on the Taimanov system: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7. As Black, it is extremely difficult to get a playable position without accepting extreme risks. This book deals with reliable positional systems which will serve you for many years, without having to update your opening knowledge every two weeks. This setup is especially effective against the dreaded English attack. >

Why is this setup so effective against the English attack? Because Black is yet to commit his g8-knight to f6, where it usually becomes the target of the g2-g4-g5 pawn push?

Feb-17-06  notyetagm: I just found this on the newinchess website:

<SI 40.2
The English Attack vs the Taimanov
SI Taimanov Variation 2...e6, 4...Nc6
by Tibor Fogarasi

Yearbook 64 (2002) buy>

If I had this article, I could answer my previous post.


Feb-17-06  who: But in that variation white gets to set up a Marcozy bind.
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  WTHarvey: Here's a collection of crucial positions in the Bastrikov:
Nov-19-06  Solid DD: Hello all, I'm been thinking of purchasing The Safest Sicilian by Alexander Delchev and Semko Semkov which is based on this repeitore. Can anyone here who has this book give any comments about it?
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  oao2102: As a point of marketing that doesn't seem to be a very exciting title for a book...
Apr-02-07  Chlipchlop: Do you guys see something interesting into not pushing 5. ... a6 ?
Jun-03-07  Chlipchlop: Maybe to avoid an early Bf4 ? But should black not be afraid of Ndb5 ? And what the hell is the queen doing in c7 ?

Noone knows ? If not, I should really play this... ;-)

Jun-29-08  ChessDude33: <Chlipchlop> Although I do not fully know the virtues of Qc7 over a6, I do know that it saves a tempo in lines involving Nxc6 and Bd3. Also, c7 is a very good square for the queen, eyeing down the c-file and b8-h2 diagonal.
Dec-15-08  blacksburg: i've been looking at some of the following player's games to try to start playing this variation (i'm sick of getting smooshed in the caro-kann) so for my own benefit as well as yours...

Ulf Andersson

Judit Polgar

even Karpov played this line back in his youth

can anyone recommend any other players that play this line so i can look at their games?

<chlipchlop> one of the main points of ...Qc7 is to stop e5 pushes after white prevents the ...Qa5+ trick. also, ...Nc6 isn't really avoiding ...a6, which is often played anyways. it's more like...a6 is sometimes played with the intention of avoiding ...Nc6, reserving the option of ...d6, ...Nbd7. i think.

<notyetagm - Why is this setup so effective against the English attack?> i think because one of the main ideas of this line is a quick ...d5, with ...Bb4 often thrown in to help control this square, and white playing f3 kind of plays into this.

<Because Black is yet to commit his g8-knight to f6, where it usually becomes the target of the g2-g4-g5 pawn push?> black retains the option of ...Nge7, and can consider the exchaging maneuver ...Nge7, ...Nxd4, ...Ne7c6, recycling the knight with tempo on the white recapturing piece on d4. this takes away the target of the g-pawn push, and exchanging a minor piece or 2 often helps black defend these positions.

<who - But in that variation white gets to set up a Marcozy bind.> black needs to be prepared to play against a maroczy setup, which should be possible if you prepare for it. you often get typical hedgehog structures, so look at those ideas. i think allowing the maroczy with 3...Nc6 is less scary than allowing the keres attack after 3...Nf6 4.Nc3 d6. Note that after 4.Nc3, white has stopped the ...Qa5+ trick, so 5.e5 is a threat, compelling 4...d6. 4...Nc6 allows 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5, which might not be so good for black. there's a game in this line in chernev's 62 most instructive games book, with a nasty dark square bind for white. (good book)

O Bernstein vs Mieses, 1904

this game illustrates some of the dangers that can arise from black's dark squared weaknesses, and should scare you into thinking twice or three times before exchanging your dark squared bishop or allowing white a good moment to play a cramping e5.

black's dark squares need to be taken care of, and exchanging that bishop can backfire, even if you give white doubled isolated c-pawns and win the e4 pawn and play ...d5. be careful. be aware of Ba3 ideas in these lines, which can prevent the option of kingside castling.

ok i'm gonna go order a book now! if you know other champions of this variation please let me know so i can look at their games! goodbye stupid caro kann! i'm gonna win a game or two with black now maybe!

Dec-15-08  blacksburg: Smejkal vs Karpov, 1973

here's a nice karpov game in this line with a useful-to-know pawn sac on the queenside

Dec-16-08  blacksburg: F Berend vs Navara, 2007

a nice recent win for black in this variation

Dec-17-08  blacksburg: Yudasin vs Kramnik, 1994

here in a different move order, black essentially plays 5...Nf6 instead of ...Qc7. The Nxc6, e5 idea is what 5...Qc7 tries to avoid, i think, by watching e5. though black wins this game, i don't think i'm going to try to play this line, very very double edged.

Jan-14-09  Chlipchlop: Anand plays the Taïmanov. It's worth a check.

To prevent e5 must be the main reason for Qc7, as it sidesteps the variation 5. ... a6 6. NxNc6 bxNc6 7. e5 and 5. ... a6 was not a very useful move.

One of the main ideas of this Sicilian is there's no mandatory rule to force black castling. The king is quite safe behind the small e6-d7-f7 wall. It is then very solid because white must know where the king will be if he wants to be dangerous.

Dec-27-09  MagisterMusicae: 1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♕c7 5.♘c3 e6 6.♘db5 ♕b8 7.♗e3 a6 8.♗b6 axb5 9.♘xb5

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Aqui hay que analizar las principales variantes:

a) 9... Bb4+
b) 9... Ra5
c) 9... Ra4

Próximamente voy a analizar cada una de las variantes y compartiré mis análisis con ustedes.

Dec-27-09  MagisterMusicae: Continuando el post anterior, empezaré analizando <9... ♗b4+>. Esta jugada tiene como fin cambiar la dama negra por tres piezas menores blancas de la siguiente manera: 9... ♗b4+ 10. c3 ♗a5 11. ♘c7+ ♕xc7 (11... ♔f8?! 12.♘xa8 ♕xa8 13.♕d6+ ♘ge7 14.♕a3 y las blancas están mejor, como ocurrió en Ponomariov vs I Ivanisevic, 1999 o en M Mostertman vs R Vedder, 2009) 12. ♗xc7 ♗xc7

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La posición está equilibrada. Las negras tienen compensación suficiente por la dama. En el siguiente post seguiré hablando de esta variante y de los planes que debe llevar a cabo cada bando.

Dec-29-09  MagisterMusicae: Continuando el post anterior...

Las blancas intentan evitar que las piezas negras se desarrollen con facilidad y se apoyen unas con otras, y que tomen posiciones que reduzcan el rango de acción de la dama. Se juega 13. ♕g4 para obligar a las negras a que se debatan entre 13... g6, 13... ♔e7 o 13... ♗e5, pero además desarrollando una pieza y preparando el desarrollo del alfil en la siguiente jugada el cual puede ir a c4 o a d3, para estar preparado a un posible rompimiento en el centro por parte de las negras.

La presión que ejercen las blancas por la columna "a" para intentar coronar el peón es un factor importante en el desarrollo de la partida. Así mismo las negras intentarán coordinar sus fuerzas para lanzar un ataque al rey blanco que por lo general estará aguardando en el enroque corto.

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Dec-29-09  MagisterMusicae: *Aclaración: Es claro que no solamente el peón "a" puede coronar, sino que la acción conjunta de los tres peones del flanco de dama ayudados por la presión ejercida por la columna "a" son el factor que más molesta a las negras pues cualquiera podrá coronar luego de un correcto rompimiento por este flanco.
Dec-29-09  MagisterMusicae: Si las negras logran neutralizar la presión y además logran controlar el centro y coordinar correctamente sus piezas, será muy difícil para las blancas lograr algo más que tablas. En el próximo post veremos qué puede pasar luego de <9... ♖a5>
Dec-30-09  MagisterMusicae: continuando...

<9... ♖a5>

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Al contrario que la línea 9... ♗c3+, aquí las negras quieren mantener la dama negra en el tablero. Por lo tanto buscan cambiar dos piezas menores del blanco por la torre negra. Sin embargo la torre no puede permanecer en a8 y esperar el jaque esperado del caballo 10. ♘c7+ pues ahora la amenaza es 10. ♗c7 ganando la dama. Con 9... ♖a5 la amenaza queda neutralizada y ahora el blanco debe decidir si tomar la torre, continuar el ataque con el jaque en c7 o mantener la tensión con por ejemplo a4. En el próximo post seguiré hablando de esta variante.

Apr-15-10  MagisterMusicae: *"esperar el jaque esperado"? en qué estaba pensando en esos días!

Cuando alguien esté interesado en las variantes o tenga alguna pregunta continuaré. Hasta entonces.

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