The Taimanov System

In the process of many years of understanding the versatile strategy of the Paulsen system, developing a grasp of its complex ideas and mastery of its wide arsenal of inherent tactical methods, there often arose in me the wish to depart from the well-trodden paths in the search for original creative variations. Moreover, my opponents were from time to time able to devise new problems in the traditional iabiya. forcing me to critically revise assessments of these or other favourite positions....

H

Out of the five possible basic attempts to reveal the shady side of Black's formation, theory recognizes either this retreat or the manoeuvre 7 sf3 as the best alternatives. The other practical paths are less advisable. For example (a) 7 hi5 AxiS 8 ef d5 9 i.g5 i.b4 and Black seizes the initiative. (b) 7 ftdbS a6 8 a3 Ae6 9 ic4 b5 10 & e3 d4 and Black has excellent play. (c) 7 & xc6 be 8 0-0 (or 8 Wd3 Ae7 9 *g3 0-0 10 04) Sb8 11 b3 sd7 12 Hd1 sc5 13 f4 *b6 14 sfchl < fch8,...

The Paulsen System

The Diversity of Paulsen's Idea in Force Of the many fundamental schemes of the variety of Sicilian formations there is perhaps no other that has survived the test of time so successfully as the Paulsen system, either on a general level or in my personal experience Having been conceived at the end of the XIX century in games of the eminent maestros the brothers Louis and Wilfred Paulsen, it initially assumed a purely defensive function. Through the efforts of several generations of analysts the...

The Boleslavsky System

Among the various possibilities which can be found in the asymmetrical Sicilian formations, a particular place is occupied by the problems associated with the contrasting range of static and dynamic factors which determine the strategic character of the struggle. in a string of systems Black is even prepared to accept fundamental positional concessions for the sake of active piece play, since such an imbalance opens up a wide sphere for boid experimentation, sharp conflict of ideas and creative...

My Friend The Sicilian

One cannot just consider the role and significance of the opening stage of a game in the modern chess struggle in isolation. Experience has shown that the results of the opening battle, with one of the sides winning even a small positional or material advantage in the early stages, can be transformed by the pure technical equipment of the skilled chessplayer to be a determining influence on the whole course of subsequent events, carrying on into the middlegame, and at times, the endgame,...

Bxe

This is even stronger than 2 5> xe6+ which, however, also gives White the advantage. 21 hg The exchange must be given up. With 21 He8 22 Wxh7 i.d8 23 Bd3 Black comes under a strong attack. 22 xh8 g5 Although Black has managed to repair the coordination of his forces and, at first glance, has shaken off his immediate worries, he is still left with not a few small problems, and this allows White to realize his material advantage without any special effort. 23 b4 *xg2 Over optimistic. It would...

D Drawn

So, in this game too, where White followed the approved paths of theory. Black succeeded in upholding the reputation of his early Rank action. It may be that White's opening plan, which is connected with an attempt to seize the centre at the very beginning of the game, is rather over-optimistic. In any event, the evolution of this scheme led White to another way of handling the variation, the ,& xe4 Axf3 3Sf8 . .h6+ 2xf3 StS examination of which we shall now move on to. Thus, instead of the...