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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sicilian Najdorf : Classical Variation

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The 'Najdorf' was first played by Czech International Master karel Opocensky. It was Meguel , in late 1940s, devoted the most effort to investigating and popularizing the line and hence the openign took his name. Other strong players soon recognized the strength of this variation, and it quickly became on of the Black's most fashionable defences. During 1960s it was Popularized by Fischer, and nowadays it is possibly the most fashinable 'defence' to 1 e4 at the highest level, being played by Gelfand, Anand, Shirov, Topalov, Ivanchuk, Svidler, amongst others.



1.     e4         c5
2.     Nf3        d6
3.     d4         cxd4           d4 is sometimes criticized.
4.     Nxd4     Nf6
5.     Nc4       a6               a6  to control b4 square.


6.     Be2       e5              creates weakness at d5 square. White tries to
                                      control d5-square. At the cost of weakening the d5
                                      square Black can gain more control at centre
                                      square.

                                        Be2  is a Classical Variation.



7.     Nf5        d5               7. Nf3 Or Nb3 is also the possibility
8.     Bg5       d4              
9.     Bxf6      Qxf6
10.   Nd5       Qd8
11.   c4          g6
12.   Ng3       Bg7
13.   0-0        0-0



14.   c5          Be6         As a result of the Opening White has a strong Knight on d5   
15.   Nb6       Ra7          in the very heart of the opponent's territory.
16.   Rc1        Rh6         White also, have ugly Knight on g3 as well as passive
17.   Ra1        Nd7         Bishop.
18.   Nxd7     Qxd7        Black has a Bishop Pair and a strong passed pawn on d4 can
                                    important piece in the ending. He will develop his initiative

                                  on the Kingside, where his pieces are active.

                                                  15  Bc4       Nc6
                                                  16. Nb6       Bxc4
                                                  17. Nxc4     Qe7

                                   And White has Problems defending his pawn
                                             
                                                   18. Nd6      b6
                                                   19. Qa4      Nd8
                                                   20. b4        bxc5
                                                   21. bxc5     Ne6

                                                            OR

                                                   15  ....         Nd7
                                                   16  b4          Kh8
                                                   17. Re1        b6
                                                   18. Nxb6      Nxb6
                                                   19. Bxe6      fxe6
                                                   20. cxb6      Qxb6
                                                   21. Qd2       h5
                                                   22. Rec1      Rac8
                                                   23. a3         Kh7
                                                   24. Qd3       Bh6
                                                   25. Rxc8      Rxc8
                                                   26. Ne2       Qb5