The Taimanov Sicilian
The Taimanov variation of the Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6) is flexible, tricky and gives Black may ways to challenge White and play for the win.
In this 8 hour Deep Dive course from our friends at iChess, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon, starting with the main ideas and delving into the hidden nuances which will allow you to claim the full point against 1.e4 players.
GM Lemos covers all of White’s main options, pinpoints all the things to watch out for, gives his most trusted suggestions and shows how they play out in practice by analyzing memorable model games.
With most 1.e4 players expecting the Najdorf or Dragon variations, the Taimanov gives you a greater chance of catching them in unchartered territory – territory you will know like the back of your hand!
What makes this Sicilian course so unique?
- The clever move order tricks dodging White’s aggressive options, forcing him straight to the lines where you’re armed to the teeth, ready to humiliate him!
- GM Jakovenko’s “trench warfare” strategy that hides your pieces behind a wall of pawns, daring white to attack you (this “hedgehog” defense will claim you dozens of higher-rated victims!)
- GM Ivanchuk’s deep exchange sac idea luring White into “winning” material, only to immediately land him in a lost ending (which you’ll easily convert with Chucky’s proven technique!)
In addition to the 8 hours video training, you get PDF puzzle sheets, high-quality PGN files and the course summary for later review.
- Complete Taimanov System (8 hours)
- Printable PDF course summary
- PGNs of all games and variations presented in the course
- Extras, special lines, and opening variations
- Chapter 1:
The Hedgehog against 5.Nb5: Olivier-Jakovenko
- Chapter 2:
The Hedgehog against 5.Nb5 (II): Sandipan-Nisipeanu
- Chapter 3:
5.Nb5 and 6.Bf4, a dangerous line: Leko-Grischuk
- Chapter 4:
The Maroczy – 5.c4: Muzychuk, M-Ivanchuk
- Chapter 5:
The Strong Center – 5.Nxc6: Belyakov-Movsesian
- Chapter 6:
The Fianchetto Variation– 6.g3: Juarez Flores-Ding
- Chapter 7:
Attacking the Castle in the Fianchetto Variation: Atlas-Milov
- Chapter 8:
The Aggressive 6.f4: Arribas Lopez-Ponomariov
- Chapter 9:
Learning from the Legend – 6.Be2 Nge7!: Hobusch-Taimanov
- Chapter 10:
Positional 7.Nb3 and the Aggressive 7.Bf4: Orsini-Kovalyov
- Chapter 11:
The Main Aggressive Line – 6.Be3: Inarkiev-Rublevsky
- Chapter 12:
The Main Line – 6.Nxc6 and 7.e5: Kazimdzhanov-Bruzon Batista
- Chapter 13:
The Main Line – 6.Nxc6 and 7.Bd3: Rombaldoni-Yu
GM Damian Lemos (FIDE 2559)
Damian Lemos was no stranger to success at an early age, achieving the FIDE Master title at 14 years old, International Master at 15, and Grandmaster at 18. In his courses, Damien works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected. By developing specifically tailored training regimens, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches can only dream of.