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Why is 5.c4 playable vs. Sicilian Kan, but hardly seen vs. Sicilian Taimanov?

As the knight is already developed on c6, black can immediately create counterplay in the center: 4....Nc6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bb4. Clearly, 7.Bd3 (the mainline after 4....a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bb4) is not ...
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What is the idea behind 2...e6 in some Sicilian lines?

For starters, the e6 pawn controls d5 and f5. (1) This is great for defensive purposes because a knight landing on d5 or f5 can often ruin black's game completely in the Sicilian. A great example of ...
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What is the main idea of 7.Qf3 in the Sicilian Taimanov?

Main ideas: Castling long as soon as possible The Qf3 will most often move to g3 to pressure g7 and d6, and possibly help the break e4-e5. Both central files are left for the rooks to apply maximum ...
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As a Closed Sicilian player, is it impossible to avoid the Taimanov Variation without accepting an inferior position?

I managed to find a line that seems playable for White, although Black is definitely somewhat better here: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nge2 Nc6 4.g3!? d5! 5.exd5 exd5 6.d4 Bg4! 7.Be3 Bf3 8....
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