The Taimanov Sicilian – GM Robin van Kampen

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The Sicilian Defense is the most popular chess opening in existence and so it’s no surprise that it’s also the most theoretical. With whole books written on each of the 6 main 6th move choices for White in the Najdorf, sometimes it can be difficult to keep up.

Enter the Taimanov Sicilian, characterized by the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7. This opening has increased in popularity over the last couple of years but is still relatively fresh compared to other variations.

Dutch GM Robin van Kampen was persuaded to switch from the Najdorf to the Taimanov and is very happy with his decision, noting that success with the Taimanov Sicilian is based more on ideas than memorizing concrete variations.

In this 4h 16m course, Robin shows exactly how to tackle all White’s systems and reveals the many opportunities Black has for getting a decisive advantage if White goes wrong.

By learning the key strategic principles given by GM van Kampen, you will be able to meet 1.e4 with a very confident …c5! and push the game into territory you know much better than your opponent does.


  1. The English Attack: Intro and 11.Bxd4
  2. The English Attack: 11.Qxd4
  3. The English Attack: 10.Kb1 and 10.Nxc6
  4. 8.f4!? – Popov’s System
  5. Hybrid English Attack with 9.f4
  6. 6.f4
  7. 6.Be2 with 7.0-0
  8. 6.Be2 Nf6 7.Be3
  9. 6.g3
  10. The Be3/Bd3 System
  11. 5.Nb5
  12. Rare 6th moves
  13. 6.Be3 a6 7.Qf3
  14. Anti-Sicilian Intro and 3.c3
  15. Anti-Sicilian with 3.c4
  16. Anti-Sicilian with 3.b3
  17. Anti-Sicilian with 3.g3 and 3.d3
  18. Outro

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4 hours 17 minutes





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