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Taimanov, Paulsen, Kan Sicilian dispute/confusion

  • #41
    Here’s the line I like 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 Nge7 7. O-O Qc7 8. Be3 Ng6 9. Nxc6 bxc6
  • #42

    The pin variation is 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 4.Nf6 (instead of 4...Nc6 or 4...a6) 5.Nc3 and now 5...Nc6 is the Four Knights Variation and 5...Bb4 is the pin variation.>>

    Ah, that's like a Classical Sicilian from a century ago, isn't it? I imagine that 5. Bd3 would be much more usual these days? But in this pin variation, you say that 6. Bd3, 6. e5 or 6. f3 are normal. But wouldn't 6. Bd2 be just as good, since there's no attack on the Nd4?

  • #43
    TuckerTommy wrote:
    Here’s the line I like 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 Nge7 7. O-O Qc7 8. Be3 Ng6 9. Nxc6 bxc6>>

    White would play 6. Nxc6, surely?

     

  • #44
    Optimissed....I’m not sure what you are saying in your last reply.
  • #45
    A key feature difference between the Paulsen and the Taimanov is that the Taimanov(pure) includes Nge7; Paulsen includes Nf6.
  • #46
    TuckerTommy wrote:
    Optimissed....I’m not sure what you are saying in your last reply.>>

    That 6. Nxc6 is an ok move for white because it messes up black's pawns and makes his position rather rigid and difficult. You seem to imply that if Nge7 hasn't been played then it isn't a Taimanov and so if black plays that line and gets into trouble then it isn't Taimanov who's to blame, since Nge7 hasn't been played. Yet you stated that you liked that line to enter a Taimanov, which, in my own opinion, is simply an early Nc6 in a Paulsen pawn structure, and this discussion IS about the Taimanov, after all.
  • #47
    Optimissed, My whole point is that I think many references refer to Paulsen, Taimanov, and Kan lines loosely using any of the 3 names. Therefore it’s difficult to sometimes isolate and identify them distinctly as they are so closely related. That’s why earlier I say I think that Paulsen is the grandad of them all and are part of a system.
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