Beat the Najdorf & Taimanov Sicilians!

A repertoire for White with 6.h3, used by Bobby Fischer, against the Sicilian Najdorf and 7.Df3 against the Sicilian Taimanov. These rarely used systems offer White the opportunity to surprise opponents at an early stage.

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From the first moment (about a year ago) when Mr. Daniel Vanheirzeele from Thinkers Publishing he contacted me about the possibility of writing an opening book, i was really excited about the prospect. Writing a chess book was a completely new direction for me, and anything new excites and excites me. Then, after a discussion, we narrowed the subject down to 1.e4 ("Better by Test") and I came across a contract to cover two main variations within the Sicilian Defence: the high Najdorf and the modern Taimanov.

In fact, he already had a decent reputation as a dangerous theorist on the white side of 1.e4, and particularly against these two openings. I had shown some interesting ideas in my games over the years, which were the result of my true passion for opening knowledge, a trait that has accompanied me throughout my chess career.

From a very young age, I had this incurable curiosity about the intricacies of opening. One memorable episode, of which I am still proud today, occurred when I was 13. I had been watching the Karjakin - Anand game at Wijk aan Zee 2006, in which Vishy unleashed a fascinating novelty with 24 ... Cc7. After watching that game, I couldn't sleep and I started analyzing the crazy, sharp English attack for hours and hours. I came up with some very interesting ideas and soon after I showed them to my GM coach RB Ramesh (a very famous world-class coach) in a training session. There were, in total, 20 pages of analysis based on the game! He was surprised by the level of detail, as it was not normal for a thirteen-year-old child in those days to create such a deep analysis (of course, it's a different story now since people become Grand Masters at the age of 13!).

Since then I have been steadily consolidating my reputation, especially among my fellow Indian Grandmasters, as an expert in opening. I have real ideas to impart from many years of work, so it was obvious for me to take the opportunity to write a book and share my knowledge with readers.

The only obstacle left was the time factor. Being an active and ambitious player, I had many tournaments lined up in my calendar and was not sure when I could find time to work on this project, as it was clear that it would be a considerable task. The doubts came to me at some point, but once I started working, I built up a lot of momentum. In both openings, I've worked tirelessly to find new paths and offer a new perspective.

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