The English Attack against the Taimanov Sicilian - A Guide for White - Zaven Andriasyan

The Taimanov Sicilian is a chess opening widely played at club level and a favourite of elite players like Garry Kasparov, Vishy Anand and young star Anish Giri.

Against this variation, the ever popular English Attack has long been considered harmless, until in recent years some remarkable improvements were found for White. By castling queenside White creates exciting positions in which he has a dangerous initiative.

Armenian grandmaster Zaven Andriasyan has thoroughly and systematically investigated this unexplored chess opening territory. He unveils the structures behind the various lines and explains the plans and counterplans.

Andriasyan also presents a wealth of highly interesting new ideas and novelties, and provides the reader with 50 exercises.

Amateur chess players will find the English Attack to be an easy-to-grasp and dangerous weapon. Players at (grand-)master level will be delighted by the amount of valuable new information they will find.

Zaven Andriasyan (1989) was both European under-18 and World under-20 chess champion in 2006. He is currently one of the strongest grandmasters in Armenia. He is the author of the bestselling 'Winning with the Najdorf Sicilian' (2013).


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Table of Contents:

006 Explanation of Symbols

007 Preface

011 Part I

012 Chapter 1 Early Divergences

035 Part II

036 Chapter 2 A Knight on the Edge - 9...Na5

046 Chapter 3 Preparing ...d7-d5 - 9...Ne7

060 Chapter 4 Two Sidelines - 10 ... d5 and 10 ... 0-0

069 Chapter 5 Two Less Common Moves - 11.Bd4, 11.Qf2

082 Chapter 6 The Two Main Moves - 11.Kb1, 11.Qe1

099 Part III

100 Chapter 7 Two Pawn Moves - 9 ... h5 and 9 ... b5

110 Chapter 8 The Knight Retreat - 11...Ne8

123 Chapter 9 Another Knight on the Edge - 11...Nh5

144 Chapter 10 Exercises / Solutions

166 Afterword

167 Index of Variations

171 Index of Players

174 Bibliography

175 Biography

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