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Sicilian Defence, Taimanov Variation

The Taimanov Variation of the Sicilian Defence arises after the moves 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nd4 Nc6.

  An equivalent move order is 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nd4 e6.  The move order with 2...e6 is regarded as the standard move order because the Taimanov has similar themes to the Kan Variation.  The Kan-Taimanov family of Sicilian Variations is also referred to as Paulsen.

ECO codes are helpful when examining the Taimanov Sicilian.  B44 refers to 5 Nb5.  B46 refers to 5 Nc3 a6.  B47 refers to 5 Nc3 Qc7.  B48 refers to 5 Nc3 Qc7 6 Be3.  B49 refers to 5 Nc3 Qc7 6 Be3 a6 7 Be2.

The Taimanov V. is flexible and often transposes to other Sicilian variations such as the Scheveningen.  There is a transposition to the Sveshnikov which goes 5 Nc3 Nf6 6 Ndb5 d6 7 Bf4 e5 8 Bg5 a6 9 Na3 b5.

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