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The Magnificent Sicilian Taimanov



17/08/2021 –  Emotion plays  a big part in order to win games. If you can not hold your temper or anxiety can be the reason to misjudge a position or miscalculate a winning move. If you are calm and controlled,  your mind will work much better to find better moves.  The cause and effect is the result of our actions.

Our featured game is a Sicilian Taimanov encounter between GM Fabiano Caruana (USA) vs. GM Richard Rapport (Hungary). This game will teach us why it is important to control our emotions while playing. To fear is normal but overcoming it is essential.

Let’s take a look at the exciting game below…

The Sicilian Taimanov:  One thing I like about this opening is  flexibility and the counter-attacking principles. The opening set-up noticeably where all pieces and pawns position first at least at 6th rank then slowly expand to deflect white’s attack, enough to control the game.

Sicilian Taimanov is similar to Sicilian Kan Opening

CHESS BLOG No. 17 : Date: 17th August 2021



The Ruy Lopez:  (B47)  Chess Opening Classification

GM Fabiano Caruana (FIDE: 2806)  vs. GM Richard Rapport (FIDE: 2763)

(Event: 2021  GCT – Saint Loius Chess Club,  USA)

1. e4        c5     (The Sicilian)
2. Nf3      e6     
3. d4        cxd4    

4. Nxd4   Nf6        
5: Nc3     Nc6   

6. Be2     Qc7   (The Taimanov variation)   

7. Ndb5  Qb8   (Best position for the queen)

8. f4          d6     
9. Be3       Be7    
10.   g4     Nd7

11.   h4        0-0     
12.   g5 


Let’s analyze this position:

  1. White’s  king side pawns are positioning to attack but  without the help of pieces its unproductive.
  2. White still is uncastled.
  3. Obviously, black is ready to strike since  most pieces are developed.
  4. GM Caruana is fully aware of what he is doing but can he control his emotions?

12…               a6    
13.   Nd4      Nxd4   (reducing the pressure) 
14.   Qd4      b5        

15.   a3         Bb7   
16.   0-0-0    Nc5 
17.   f5          e5      (First Strike)                  


18.    Qd2    Nxe4    
19.    Nxe4  Bxe4  
20.   f6         Bd8     (Black’s Bd8 is the only move)        

21.   fxg7     Re8   
22.   Rhf1    Bb6  
23.   h4        Rc8      

24.  Bd3      Bd3   
25.  Qd3      Be3        
26.  Qe3      Qc7           


27.   Qf2      e4    
28.   c3        Qe7  
28.   Qf6      Re8       

29.   Rxd6    e3          
30.   Re1      e2 
31.   h6         Qe3 ch      

32.  Rd2      Re6    

Taimanov6 1

33.   Rexe2  Qxe2   
34.   Rxe2    Re2  
35.   Qc6      Ree8        

36.   Kc2      Rec8   
37.    Qf3     Ra7
38.   Kb3     Re7      

39.  a4         Re6      (After a4, GM Caruana decided to play for a win in this difficult position, but draw is imminent by just playing solid moves.

40.  ab5       ab5          
41.  Qb7      Ree8

42.  Kb4      Rb8  
43.  Qf3       Re6      (This is drawish)

44.   b3         Rg6   
45.   Qf5       Re6 
46.   Qd5      Rg6

47.   Qe5      Rgb6   
48.   Rxe2    Re2  
49.   Ka5       b4

50.   cb4                             


After black's move 49...b4, the only move for white to draw is 50. c4. But GM Caruana's emotion is out of control. Other reasons could be fatigue or time trouble. Sometimes overconfidence betrays our purpose to win.


Author: FMJesse

Chess Title: FIDE Master FIDE Chess Rating: 2339 Chess Book Author: Education: Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) Founder: Memory Chisel University: Western Sydney University

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