Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor presents a repertoire for White against the most popular opening in chess – the Sicilian Defence. Taylor’s repertoire is based first and foremost on the Open Sicilian, which is regarded as White’s most ambitious and challenging response to the Sicilian. He focuses on the classical Be2 lines, which were popularized by the success of former World Champion and chess legend Anatoly Karpov. These lines are easy to learn and generally lead to solid positional play, but with a drop of poison. Taylor covers what to do against all the Sicilian variations. He examines the most important games, studies in depth the main plans and tactics for both sides, and highlights the key practical issues. Read this book and you will be ready to slay the Sicilian!
Fazit: "slay the Sicilian!" bietet ein systematisch begründetes Repertoire an, das eine qualifizierte Struktur in die weißen Möglichkeiten gegen Sizilianisch bringt.
A strategical, reasonable and sophisticated repertoire against the Sicilian
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This, if nothing else, is a great book of Sicilian games that are a delight to play through and instructive to boot. Buy it just to play over the games and read the notes!
Overall, it’s a fine book that will suit the majority of players. In particular, it would be an ideal choice for those who are toying with the possibility of switching to the Open Sicilian, but are reticent because ‘there is too much theory to learn’. My impression is that his suggestions merit close attention, do have some poison, but aren’t going to rattle battle-hardened Sicilian players who know their opening systems thoroughly. Nevertheless, even for the higher echelons it would be a handy tool to polish up their classical education.
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