Attacking the Taimanov with g4 in 60 Minutes

Are you struggling against the Taimanov Sicilian? Too many lines to remember in the mainlines, and you still don't see an advantage? In that case 7.g4 in the English attack is for you. This is a new aggressive idea that has taken Taimanov players by surprise since Grandelius and Giri utilised this line in 2021. Black still hasn't found a reliable antidote and White keeps scoring heavily. In this 60-minute video course you will learn how to anticipate Black's developing schemes, and you will become acquainted with typical sacrifices that white can use to gain a powerful initiative. Recommended for attackers!


Sample video


  • Introduction
  • Theory
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.g4
  • 7...Ne5
  • 7...Nge7
  • 7...Bb4
  • 7...h6
  • 7...Nxd4
  • Main Line 7...b5 8.Nxc6 dxc6
  • Main Line 7...b5 8.Nxc6 Qxc6

Sicilian Defence

1.e4 c5 are the moves which define the Sicilian Defence. Black fights for the d4-square, but unlike with the double move of the black e-pawn the symmetry is immediately destroyed and Black is indicating that he is not simply aiming to achieve equality. Then things can continue in quite different directions. 2.Nf3 followed by 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 leads to the Open Sicilian. But before that, Black has the option of laying down the direction in which the opening will go, according to whether he plays 2...d6, 2...e6 or 2...Nc6. But nowadays systems in which White does without an early d4 are also very popular.

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