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Has anyone read Timothy Taylor's “Slay the Sicilian”? I am no https://www. sppn.info Slay the. Video Introduction Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor presents a repertoire for White against the most popular opening in chess - the Sicilian Defence. 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.

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Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor presents a repertoire for White against the most popular opening in chess - the Sicilian Defence. His previous work with a Slay on the title was much better than this one. Summarizing, Taylor books for players around Elo are fully. Taylor presents a repertoire for White against the Sicilian Defense, based first and foremost on the Open Sicilian - White's most dangerous attempt.

The "solution" seems to be Kononenko-Nevednichy, Bucharest So, from my experience with the book untill now i see the usual luck of important bibliography but also another thing i noticed is this. Taylor admits that he doesn't have a multi-processor CPU and he always gives the evaluation from Fritz!

Why on earth should someone do that when there are engines far stronger than Fritz around and can be downloades in seconds Houdini 1. OK, i can understand if someone is "old-fashioned" but Rybka is stronger and "old-fashioned" enough! And today a good 4-core laptop can be bought with euros. Not much for someone that plays chess in International tournaments like Taylor and writtes books about chess theory!

Despite that his forst chapter is good. For the Dragon i told you already. Feedback for the other chapter is about to come soon! He thought that one of Black's satisfactory deviations was I'll reply to this is a few hours when i'll have again the book in my hands. He also recommends the "Alekhine" attack against the Dragon where i had an idea some years back and after checking it again today it stands.

I'll provide information later. Taylor who doesn't even considere the move Incidentally Nd1 citing Kurajica-Honfi I got the book.

It is not bad i can say. In fact i believe it is a great book for someone that just starts to study how to play with the Open Sicilian i have a 14 year old student in mind! I'll comment more for the book as i study it but for now i offer a small correction: Page 92 Dragon Chapter -note to Black's 10nth move: Bd3 b5 and now Taylor gives the game Brooks-Robson, Saint Luis where Black a young American GM played really badly in the middlegame, but also in the opening showed bad knowledge because after Qd2 b4 Ne2 the well known move at least for me!

I know about this move short after i workded on Wards Winning with the Dragon book is He didn't play it and WHite got better chances according to Taylor who doesn't even considere the move While i was working on that book i entered the following line in my notes: Nd1 with the idea to meet THis line was not seen in that book also. These are just my "old" notes. I haven't checked them since then but i remeber myself working on these for quite some time, so i trust my "old" work!

I hope you'll find it interesting. In general i think that having such a positional system against the Dragon is of great practical importance. I'll be back with more! Toronto Joined: The queenside does look awfully over extended.

I can make a clearification. The g3 system book I mentioned suggested a g3 system vs svechnikov that was not good, in the other lines is was reasonable.

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About Be2 systems or g3 systems, I agree that one shuld only play either g3 or Be2 based, not both becouse of transposing options. Several years ago I was looking for a Be2 systems based book but did not find one so I bought the g3 based book instead and I have used it in several importent games with a good score, like in a team match in Swedish second heighest division Superettan. However the g3 book is getting old and opponents know I play it so I can defentity think to switch to Be2 system if I like them.

But I will probelby not use the entire repertour, today I play a mix of mainlines and g3 systems so in the future I will perhaps play Be2 systems and some sharper options. Mechelen Joined: What is wrong with Taylor's 1. Nc3 to avoid the Sveshnikov? Certainly nothing wrong with Absolutely nothing wrong with 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3.

It got lots of attention back when the Shveshnikov was big at super GM level. Fine to play in a stable position. Not that the post seemed to claim that there was, simply that a few might want to take the lines on anyway.

Last Fryday I played the Be2 system against a Najdorf with an early Nc6 and finally won an endgame good knight against bad black squared bishop.

As a starting point to play the open sicilian Taylor's book is great for patzers like me. These Be2-systems are quite solid, I won this game despite a very serious miscalculation, because this bad Be7 is a long lasting problem for Black.

At least for a start it seems better to stick to one system. For instance 1. Nf3 d6 3. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. And what is wrong with Taylor's 1. Nf3 a6 Nc3? These questions are especially interesting for me, because I want to play Taylor's repertoire with a 2.

Slay the Sicilian by Timothy Taylor. Anygood?

Nc3 move-order, which seems very reasonable for me main reason is flexibility of course. I will defently download this book so that I can compare it to "Taming the Sicilian".

From what I have read in this thread there appears to be similarites, except that Taming the Sicilian covered g3 based system in open sicilian including in lines when it was not good and Slay the Sicilian is Be2 based.

I got the book on Friday and meanwhile have had a short look at it. At first sight, it is a classical T.

Taylor's book: So, as usual, a good starting point, but home work is mandatory to avoid unexpected and painful surprises. Volcanor Junior Member Offline Posts: Switzerland Joined: As mentioned by MartinC, the repertoire against 1. Nf3 Nc6 is based on 3. Against the two other main moves, Taylor skips the Open Sicilian and recommends: Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 and 3. Nc3 e5 4. Bc4 However, you may disagree with him and play 3. I think that the rest of the repertoire is still fully valid against all other 2nd moves without any problem due to transpositions.

White has a dubious gambit with I would be curious to know what the book recommends against the sveshnikov? Nc3 intending Nc6 3. Nf3 followed by d4 on most other moves, it makes sense to keep this option in your repertoire. Nc3 a6 and next Quick and safe development cannot be completely wrong is certainly true, but Black does exactly the opposite in the sharpest sicilians and is no more wrong than White. In the sicilian you can never play on autopilot! I bought my copy yesterday. I think Taylor's book is inspiring just like his book about 1.

Quick and safe development cannot be completely wrong, so after a long break I will play 1. Recently I have done some work in the line 1. Nc3 Nc6 3.

Bb5, therefore I am interested how well 2. Nc3 combines with Taylor's repertoire?

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Nc3 if White wants to reach Taylor's repertoire? I bought it because I have been wishing for ages that there was a repertoire book on how to play in Karpovian style against the Sicilian, and this sounded just the job. I haven't looked at it very closely yet, but at first sight it seems to offer a bewildering variety of lines. Five different plans against the Najdorf? That's an average of 10 pages per plan, even if you disregard the inclusion of the sort of irrelevant stuff that is becoming Taylor's trademark.

Why didn't he just pick one plan and devote 50 pages to that? Maybe I'll stick with the Morra. Good to hear this as i don't want to cry again for my money spent on another Taylor's book! Let me remind you or let you know if you don't know it already that there is going to be an Open Sicilian book under the "Grandmaster Guide" series written from John Shaw and the QC team promoting the Open Sicilian for White with lines not so theoretical such as the English Attack, as these lines are going to be examined in the Grandamster Repertoire series by Jacob Aagaard.

London Joined: I ordered the book. When i have it and read it, i'll tell you my opinion about it. I don't expect much thought.

There can be a comparison with Mc Donald's Starting Out: In case anyone is wondering its 3 Nc3 vs Nc6 so no Be2 Sveshnikov's or the like. I don't own any other Taylor's book, so I can't compare with them. For this specific book, I think it depends what you want from the book. If you are interested by learning quickly some Open Sicilian variation to play over the board chess, I think it is a very decent book. The repertoire is mainly based on 6.

Be2 lines, followed by either short castling or by Be3 and long castling. Karpov is a big inspiration for the former, the latter is more diverse and recent. White players in the book are either well-known top class players e.

Regular GM seem excluded from Taylor's database, for better or for worse! If you are interested by deep analysis, I would not recommend this book: It is based on a few illustrative games per variation, probably omitting important moves. Currently, I just enjoy reading the book. It gave me the motivation to start playing the Open Sicilian again instead of Anti-Sicilian lines. So, I'm really happy about my download! However, if you already have a good repertoire against the Sicilian based on main lines Yougoslav attack, English attack and so on , I think you'll be disappointed by this book.

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You should also consider that it is the best repertoire book based on 6. Be2 against the Sicilian. But there is no fierce competition. I know that Timothy Taylor's books can be of variable quality. Anyone had a good look at his latest? Topic Tools. All Rights Reserved. Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register. Discussion forum for ChessPublishing. Send Topic Print. Post Tools. I think Taylor has mixed efforts with his books. Some of his books have chapters a varying degrees of worth. I'm not an expert on the Budapest but I've heard that was a pretty good book.

I am for sure in favor of this.

That is also why I asked about this book, since Taylor's track record shows several omissions like this. But I think that there might for sure be many arguments over what a clear cut omission is, considering how other things have been debated here at the forum.

I've acquired this book now. He cetainly does well in psyching up his audience. Although that might make me a little suspicious, I quite enjoy the writing. The attraction for me was that a while back I created a Victorian repertoire for myself as a bit of internet chess based fun, done by selecting lines from games only from June - Jan There wasn't a lot of Sicilians back then, but when it did come up, the e4 Nf3 Nc3 i.

Nice to see a sample game from that era in there too. Hasn't this been the problem with Taylor's books in general sorry for the generalization again I have gotten this impression several times with multiple of his books. Anyway, for those of you that have it, after some reading, is the book ok? He has a lot more to learn from theory's perspective i mean sure, I am pretty sure that you, like me, begin a journey like that with consulting a few books - and in the 21st Century the next step is consulting a database.

It's not that we are discussing brand new stuff. On a journey it's always handy to know which obstacles we can expect. Several eminent players have, however, held to the opinion that it is quite trustworthy. Capablanca , World Champion from to , famously denounced it as an opening where "Black's game is full of holes". There are too many holes created in the Pawn line. Command of the field, especially in the centre, is too readily given over to the invading force.

Against best play, however, it is bound to fail. Petersburg tournament. It was played six times out of games at New York P-K4 at Black's disposal, and has been practised with satisfactory results by the leading players of the day.

Reuben Fine , one of the world's leading players during this time period, wrote of the Sicilian in , "Black gives up control of the centre, neglects his development, and often submits to horribly cramped positions. How can it be good? Yet, the brilliant wins by White are matched by equally brilliant wins by Black; time and again the Black structure has been able to take everything and come back for more. Through the efforts of world champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov , the Sicilian Defence became recognised as the defence that offered Black the most winning chances against 1.

Both players favoured sharp, aggressive play and employed the Sicilian almost exclusively throughout their careers, burnishing the defence's present reputation. Today, most leading grandmasters include the Sicilian in their opening repertoire.Nd1 with the idea to meet Qd5 is simpler, when Black's position is full of holes. Nxc6 is usually met by Write a customer review.

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