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Sicilian, Taimanov Variation (B49)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nc6 5 Nc3 Qc7 6 Be3 a6
7 Be2

Number of games in database: 1097
Years covered: 1886 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 32.5%
   Black wins 32.8%
   Draws 34.6%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Alexey Shirov  10 games
Bartosz Socko  8 games
Pawel Blehm  7 games
Mark Taimanov  12 games
Batkhuyag Munguntuul  11 games
Milan Matulovic  9 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Shirov vs Benjamin, 1994
Tal vs Taimanov, 1962
Karjakin vs Morozevich, 2012
E Paoli vs Andersson, 1973
Jobava vs Nisipeanu, 2012
D Anagnostopoulos vs I Miladinovic, 1998
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 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,097  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A van Foreest vs C Messemaker  ½-½311886DCA Congress 14thB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
2. Olland vs V Sjoberg  1-0781912StockholmB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. A Larsson vs V Sjoberg  0-1331920Gothenburg BB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
4. M Walter vs K Havasi  1-0551924GyorB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. G A Thomas vs L Steiner 1-0351932Hastings 1932/33B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. C Poulsen vs P Vaitonis  1-0611939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. Gligoric vs Taimanov ½-½371960Buenos AiresB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. A Beni vs F J Perez Perez  0-1551961ZevenaarB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. Y Kots vs Taimanov  1-0531961USSR Championship 1961bB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. I Miglans vs M Arshansky  ½-½481962Daugava Club ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. P Ostojic vs E Bukic  1-0491962Yugoslav ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
12. Keres vs Filip ½-½371962Curacao CandidatesB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
13. V Adler vs A Makarov  0-1351962Ukrainian ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
14. Keres vs Tal ½-½231962Curacao CandidatesB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. Keres vs Korchnoi 1-0401962Curacao CandidatesB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. V Mikenas vs L Popov 1-0351962SofiaB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. V Musil vs B Kurajica  0-1251962Yugoslav Championship (Juniors)B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
18. A Matanovic vs Z Doda  ½-½371962Varna Olympiad qual-3B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. B Malich vs H Hecht  ½-½301962Varna Olympiad qual-1B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
20. Tal vs Taimanov 1-0421962USSR ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
21. V Shiyanovsky vs Kholmov  0-1251962USSR ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. V Mikenas vs Taimanov 0-1421962USSR ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. Stein vs Taimanov  ½-½761962USSR ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
24. Krogius vs Taimanov 0-1301962USSR ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. Korchnoi vs G Khodos  ½-½301962USSR ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-09-05  bomb the bishop: An interesting line as both white and black pieces
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Seems B45-B49 have very few differences. When the a6 pawn is played and when Qc7 is played.

Then if you do ... d6 it's the Najdorf? I think that's right...

Jul-24-10  rapidcitychess: <Wannabe> <...d6 it's the Najdorf?> No not really, it's more of a Classical Sicilian, with ...Nf6 delayed. the e7-e5 push is the Najdorf, which, on a side note, is why I no longer play the Najdorf.
Feb-10-11  Maatalkko: Let's say you want to get a Bastrikov Taimanov, but you want to avoid the hedgehog-like lines that occur after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cd4 4. nd4 e6 5. Nb5. Is it a good idea to play 4...a6 instead? If 5. c4 e5! is pretty strong for Black. Taimanov used it to beat Karpov. After White retreats the knight to wherever, black can play 6...Nf6 7. Nc3 Bb4 with decent pressure. If 5. Nc3 or 5. Be3 you play 5...e6 and it's a Taimanov.

Does anyone see a drawback to this move order?

Feb-10-11  Maatalkko: Oops, my comment was wrong. You need to play 2...Nc6 on move two to reach the position I was describing. So there's one drawback. 3. Bb5 is annoying.
Feb-10-11  fisayo123: The Taimanov seems to be a less aggressive variation in the sicilian as opposed to the ultra-complicated and most times crazy dragon or nadjorf .I love it when white exchanges knights with my knight on c6 as this gives me the chance to play d5 with a commanding pawn chain.Its a fun variation.
Feb-10-11  MaxxLange: < 3. Bb5 is annoying>

Indeed. BUT...there is no move order that can stop White from playing an "anti-Sicilian" system. Ya just have to choose your poison.

These days, we seem to see the Sicilian Kan move order more often than we do the Taimanov,,,,,.....Black delays committing his pieces as long as possible, he does not play an early ...Nc6

Feb-11-11  Maatalkko: The reason I don't like Kan is that the 5. Bd3 lines seem stronger for white. Of course the 5. Nc3 lines transpose to Taimanov, which is what we see here. My basic goal is to reach the positon in the diagram we see above.

If you go the Taimanov route, you have to deal with 5. Nb5. If you go the Kan route, 5. Bd3 comes up. That's why I'm suggesting the 2...Nc6 3. d4 cd 4. Nd4 a6 route, as seen in this game:

Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977

5. Bd3 and 5. Nb5, the two annoying moves, are ruled out. If white is unfamiliar with 4...a6 or wants to skip the main lines, he might choose 5. c4, but then I think Taimanov's 5...e5 looks like an improved Kalashnikov. Without an Nb5 option it is more difficult to effectively pressure d6 and d5. The whole position after 5...e5 is not very much explored, but it seems logical and has surprise value. I'd rather play that than a 5. Bd3 Kan or a 5. Nb5 Taimanov.

That's my thought...just putting it out there as a suggestion for Taimanov/Kan players. Nobody knew those lines better than Taimanov himself, and he liked the move order. Of course, if anyone knows of a drawback I'd like to hear it.

Nov-27-11  abaddon620: If you play 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6, white player can play 3.Bb5, the Rosolimo attack against your sicilian move order... Although the drawing margine is high, you need to know these line too...

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