Sicilian Najdorf is one of most popular and best scoring openings played against 1. It can be found everywhere from a local chess club to the world championship level. Greatest player of all time Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov occasionally used this opening in the most crucial games. Every chess player needs to be familiar with Najdorf Sicilian, not only because it is the best scoring response to 1. Najdorf Sicilian to a chess player is like Johann Sebastian Bach to a musician.
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The game begins with 1. Nf3 d6 3. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6. Furthermore, black will often want to play …b5 in the near future, expanding on the queenside. The English Attack is a popular way to accomplish this. White wants to castle queenside as soon as possible, and then launch a pawn storm on the kingside immediately. After 6…e5 6…e6 and 6…Ng4 are also both possible 7.
Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2 We arrive at one of the main lines. The game because extremely sharp, with each side racing towards the enemy monarch! This position is insane! White can play here Of course, both sides have plenty of room to deviate, so this line is by no means forced.
Once again, white wants to play actively on the kingside. One line continues 7…Be7 breaking the pin, and now 8. Qf3 Qc7 9. Once again white is charging full-steam-ahead on the kingside! After 10…b5 Bxf6 Nxf6 Surprisingly, white has difficulties defending the b2-pawn. Rb1 gives up castling rights to the queenside and is quite passive, 8.
Nb3 allows an annoying check on e3, and 8. Qc1 hangs the d4 knight. But we all know how dangerous it can be to go on a pawn-grabbing adventure with the queen before development is complete! Qd2 Qxb2 9. Rb1 Qa3 An exciting battle is sure to follow. The Opocensky variation is a favorite of players seeking a more positional game.
White intends to castle to the kingside. One continuation is 6…e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Be3 Be6 Qd2 Nbd7 The d6 pawn is a backwards pawn on an open file, and could be a weakness if white can attack it. Thankfully for black, the e7-bishop is a good defender of this pawn, and white has trouble attacking this pawn with any minor pieces. If black can ever get the d6-d5 pawn break in, black might be able to claim the advantage.
The above diagram shows five other options on move 6 — from the direct 6. As I said early, the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian is one of the most complex openings in all of chess. Thanks for reading! Skip to content. YouTube page opens in new window. Sicilian Najdorf. Ne2 Ne8 Nbd4 Of course, both sides have plenty of room to deviate, so this line is by no means forced. Be2 — the Opocensky Variation. Other Najdorf Lines.
Conclusion As I said early, the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian is one of the most complex openings in all of chess. Will you allow me to help you on your chess journey? Enter your email address to sign up for free! Don't Miss Out! Powered by Convert Plus.
The game begins with 1. Nf3 d6 3. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6. Furthermore, black will often want to play …b5 in the near future, expanding on the queenside. The English Attack is a popular way to accomplish this.
The opening is named after the Polish-Argentine grandmaster Miguel Najdorf. Many players have lived by the Najdorf notably Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov , although Kasparov would often transpose into a Scheveningen. Black's If Black plays Bd7 or Nbd7 7.
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Qd2 is okay because it covers the bishop and eliminates the tactics I was talking about. However, most people don't know about those 'traps' and just play Bg5?! I did not mean that e5 is any worse than e6, but what I meant is that the moves are of equal strength so black should not be focusing all his moves on making e5 possible. It just happens to be the move that requires certain conditions to be met before it is sound. Its main drawback is [Black has too many choices, and can just play Nc6 with a Rauzer or