It is the most successful of all Black's defences to 1.e4, although this success has resulted in the opening accumulating a … And his compatriots followed suit. Often, white will work on a kingside pawn thrust and play f4, leaving the e pawn fixed and a potential target. After a long think here: Kotov banged out 13.Bb5! B99: Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 main line - 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 6. That’s one of the reasons it’s so solid. Nowadays, White players almost universally respond with the move: 7. f4. But Mohammed's gotta come to the mountain, you know? Kb2 0:40:14 Nf6 0:16:35 23. In many lines of the Sicilian, b5 becomes a tense square for black to gain control of because there are three white pieces eyeing it up early on: Both knights and the bishop on c1. Qf3 0:44:22 0:06:17 68. Ng8 0:00:57 50. d7+ 0:29:36 Kd8 0:01:40 51. See something that violates our rules? 0:44:11 Qc4 0:41:24 16. If black plays an early e5 with the knight in the center, the white knight can move to f5 (because b5 is no longer available). Rxg7 0:31:28 Bc2 0:01:40 49. The famous Gothenburg line involves a quicker …h6 and …g5 where the after fxg5 black's king knight drops back to d7, still exploiting the pin on the g5 pawn but from another angle. With a6 and b5 played, black has gained more space on the queenside. Nc4 e4 26.Nxb6 Bxg7 27.Bxd8 Rxd8 1/2-1/2, while Brenjo-Ardeleanu, Backa Palanka 2002, went: 15.Rhg1 Bd7 16.f4 Qc5 17.Nce2 O-O-O 18.Rg7 e5 19.Nf5 Bxf5 20.exf5 Qe3+ 21.Kb1 exf4 22.Bc4 Qh3 23.Bf2 Qxf5 24.Bd5 Kb8 25.Rxf7 1-0>) Bd7 16.f4 Qc5 17.Be2 b5 18.a3 Rb8 19.f5 () b4 20.axb4 Qxb4 21.Nxe6 Bxe6 22.fxe6 fxe6 23.f7+ Kd7 24.Bxa6 Rh7 25.Rgf1 Qxb2+ 26.Kd2 Qb4 27.Bd3 () Bg7 28.Bf6 Bxf6 29.Rxf6 Rf8 30.Rb1 Qd4 31.Rb7+ Kc8 32.Rc7+ Kb8 33.Rf1 Qe5 34.Nb5 Rg7 35.Rc6 Kb7 36.Rc7+ Kb6 0-1, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.O-O-O Nbd7 10.Bd3 h6 11.Bh4 g5 12.fxg5 Ne5 13.gxf6 Nxf3 14.gxf3 Bf8 15.Rhg1 Bd7 16.f4 d5 17.e5 O-O-O 18.Be2 Kb8 19.Bh5 Bc8 20.Rd3 Rh7 21.a3 Bd7 22.f5 exf5 23.Nxd5 Qc5 24.Ne7 Ba4 25.Bd1 Bxe7 26.fxe7 Rc8 27.Bf6 Re8 28.Rg2 Rxe7 29.Bxe7 Qxe7 30.Nxf5 Qxe5 31.Rg8+ Ka7 32.Nd6 Bd7 33.Bf3 Rg7 34.Rxg7 Qxg7 35.Bxb7 Qg1+ 36.Rd1 Qxh2 0-1. Qf3 Qc7 9. Ra1 0:36:51 h4 0:08:04 65. Nowadays Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is considered the main theoretician in the Najdorf. Kf5 0:05:08 59. Updated 29/08/2019 Please wait for the Games to be Loaded from our Database - On Mobile click on Games to study more Save 1_4909238204483239997.pdf For Later. If you’re wondering how to have a solid game as black against e4, consider the Sicilian Najdorf. Kf3 0:35:56 h5 0:07:05 63. White often attempts to control this square and maintain a knight on d5.  If black ever captures, the structure can transpose into what Flores calls “Najdorf type 1” and is the first skeleton structure listed above (with the white pawn on e5). Post some lines (with FEN diagrams if you please) and specific questions and we'll be happy to help. Opening 1.d4 is a statistically more successful opening for White because of the high success rate of the Sicilian defence against 1.e4. Nc3 0:45:44 a6 0:48:12 The main lines and strategies would be much more useful. [Time "18:00:25"] Kc3 0:40:15 Bg6 0:07:46 30. Because the d pawn has already been captured, the only way to defend it with a pawn is the f pawn. rnbqkb1r/1p2pppp/p2p1n2/8/3NP3/2N5/PPP2PPP/R1BQKB1R w KQkq – 0 1. So, why 13.Bb5! Well, clearly the bishop is immune from immediate capture due to the threat of 14.0-0 mating, but why put it en prise to begin with? The variations are very complicated and I'm not au courant enough to say much more. Black's kingside defense demands at least one knight. The Najdorf comes from this very interesting prophylaxis move 5…a6. visit the Kibitzer's Café. Jonathan Schrantz teaches how to play the "Cadillac" of openings, the Sicilian Najdorf. It may seem strange, and go against opening principles, by playing a wing pawn move so early, but it has given white some trouble for years and is still one of the strongest ways to play the sicilian for black. But oddly enough, in the Richter-Rauzer (5...Nc6 instead of 5...a6), 7.Qd2 is the main line by far. Opening book: GM Alex Colovic's exclusive Chessable repertoire on the Najdorf Sicilian. Let me know which you’d like to see me dive into and I will be sure to add it to the queue. The 6. Anyway, the difference is that in this position: White can (and, if he wants any advantage, should) snap right away here: 11. 0:45:33 11. The database can be searched via many criteria, including chess players, chess opening, player ratings, game result, and the year the chess game was played. The Najdorf Variation [1] of the Sicilian Defence is one of the most respected and deeply studied of all chess openings. Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line (1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Bg5 e6 7 f4 Be7 8 Qf3 Qc7 9 O-O-O Nbd7) : chess opening performance statistics, strategy and tactics, famous games, PGN download, discussion forum, and more. 0:38:08 Nd7 0:05:35 32. a4 0:37:02 Bf7 0:04:13 33. In order to accomplish this, black often can put their rook from f8 on e8 to support this push later. The Chameleon Variation Confronting the Sicilian on Your Own Terms (Carsten Hansen) (1) najdffrof. The Sicilian defence is undoubtedly the most popular opening in modern chess, to such an extent that it makes up a quarter of all games in the Chess Informant database. Copyright 2001-2020, Chessgames Services LLC. Study the Sicilian Defense: Open, Najdorf, Main Line Opening with free tools and analysis. [TimeControl "2700+45"], 1. e4 0:45:00 c5 0:45:36 2. Then we know you're for real. White was able to trade all minor pieces except the “good knight” and black’s bad bishop. Actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the Soviet boards played right into it already been captured the... But Mohammed 's got ta come to the mountain, you know a lot about holding! On the queenside win back the piece and more Bf7 0:04:13 33 0:03:02 53. g7 0:31:08 Be6 0:01:36 54 our. 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