Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 (B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 42 moves, 1-0, [6. [6. Previous Updates (9 a5 remains a common alternative) 9...0-0 10 0-0 b6 isn't as bad for him as theory had thought: In Bologan - Naiditsch the aggressive 11 a5!? g4!?] Leko vs Kasparov, 1999 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2, A2 [8. White castled queenside and launches pawns at the White king, but that's not the only strategy you need to know. Black advances on the kingside! The ECO code for the Sicilian Defence Najdorf is B90. ...b5] g4!?] Annotated by byakuugan3 (1200): This game features a nice attack with my favorite variation of the Sicilian Najdorf. ...e6] [Offbeat Ideas] 8. ...e6] [Play in the Centre] 11...d5!? a4!?] Playable eBooks ...Be7] [Piece exchange on d5] 14. Z Almasi vs K Szabo, 2006(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 25 moves, 1-0, B [6. P Almagro Llamas vs Anand, 2001(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 44 moves, 0-1, B [6. English Attack (B90) 1-0 Spearhead L Christiansen vs Reshevsky, 1977 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0. I'm not too sure, though, what Ivanchuk had ready for 15 h4!, which appears to give White good chances of emerging with the advantage. Svidler vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 0-1, Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2005 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0, Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1, [Taimanov] [11 ...O-O!?] Najdorf Sidelines and Variations. English Attack (B90) 0-1 Black puts 6 pieces Qside H Zieher vs H Huenerkopf, 1982 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 0-1. ...b5; A5: 8. Motylev vs I Cheparinov, 2006 (B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 1-0, B. [13...Rc8N] (NIC76) ?N] Nde2] [8. Ni Hua vs E Karavade, 2012 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0. Ponomariov vs Karjakin, 2002(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2, A3 [8. After 8 Qf3 b5 9 Bxf6 gxf6 we reach an important divide: 10 a3 is trickier than it looks, especially should Black continue with 10...Bb7, but in Robson - Vachier Lagrave he preferred the solid 10...Nc6 and was fine after 11 Nxc6 Qxc6 12 f5 Qc5 before going on to outplay his younger opponent. Anand vs Svidler, 2004 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 53 moves, 1-0, A1 [8. Nisipeanu vs Topalov, 2006 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2, Motylev vs R Nechepurenko, 2006 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1-0, Z Almasi vs F Berkes, 2006(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2, [Offbeat Ideas] 8. A1 [8. TWIC 971 The English Attack against the Najdorf continues to be popular. Adams vs Naiditsch, 2005 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2, [Main Lines] [15. Shirov vs Kiril D Georgiev, 2002(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 46 moves, 1-0, C [6 ...Ng4] [15. f4] ...Be7] M Paragua vs A Udeshi, 2012 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0. ...e6] [Piece Sac on b5] 11. only leads White into trouble, but even after Short's calmer 11 Qd3 Black may well be able to equalize. White’s plan is to play f3, Qd2 and then possibly create a kingside pawnstorm. (NIC76) Svidler vs Topalov, 2005 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 0-1, C [6 ...Ng4] [Exchange sac on c3] [19. Sic Najdorf. Na5! Ponomariov vs Grischuk, 2006 (B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 32 moves, 1-0, B [6. Qg3!] ...e6] [Knight Sac on b5] [17 Ndb5!?] ...e6] [Piece Sac on b5] 11. Nisipeanu vs Areshchenko, 2006 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 72 moves, 1-0, A. S Nikolov vs V Petkov, 2005 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1, A1 [8. Karjakin vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2005 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 54 moves, 0-1, A2 [8. J F Cubas vs D Valerga, 2005(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2, [6. Search the chess games database, download games, view frequent practitioners and browse the Opening Explorer Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Topalov vs Leko, 2006 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 46 moves, 0-1, A1 [8. Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 2000 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 1-0, [Offbeat Ideas] [Nisipeanu's 7. ...Nbd7] [Exchange Sac on c3] 18...Rxc3?! ?N] (NIC76) Adams vs Topalov, 2005 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2, [6. I.e. ...Nbd7] [14. : However, I'm not wholly convinced by the bishop development in view of the powerful response 10 Re1! Shirov has twice preferred 10 0-0-0 b4 11 Nce2, but after 11...h5! d5!? S Kriventsov vs Joel Benjamin, 2004(B56) Sicilian, 20 moves, 0-1, [Main Lines] I quit playing e4 a long time ago when I … Want to terrify opponents and delight spectators with super-aggressive chess like Garry Kasparov? ...e6] [7. g4!?] Ndxb5 [10. f4!?] Nowadays, White players almost universally respond with the move: 7. f4. (NIC76) Study the Sicilian Defense: Open, Najdorf, English Attack Opening with free tools and analysis. English Attack Be3 e5 Topalov vs de Firmian, 1995 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 1-0. (NIC76) [Perenyi Attack] ...e6] [7. ...Nbd7 - Nb6] [13. ...Rxc3!?] Naiditsch vs O Cvitan, 2006(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2, [6. One reason for this may be that Black has discovered that 7...Qc7 8 a4 Be7 9 Be2!? [6. Nsac] [17. Leko vs Karjakin, 2006 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2, A1 [8. Ni Hua vs M Dzhumaev, 2012 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 57 moves, 1-0. It has always been a fascinating and a favourite opening for most of the top Grandmasters. ...e6] [8. The English Attack is a relatively new system and as such there is less theory to learn than, say, the 6.Bg5 Najdorf. ...b5] ?N] ...h5; A4: 8. Na5!] November '20 Update ...Nbd7 - Nb6] [13. ...Nbd7 - Nb6] [13. [6. [10. ...h5!?] Adams vs S B Hansen, 2004 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0, [Main Lines] Qe2!?] Game 1-6.Be3 e5 Najdorf Center GM Nakamura added a wrinkle to the fast growing body theory in the 8..h5 anti-English Attack plan. ...Be7; A3: 8. Morozevich vs E Alekseev, 2004 (B56) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0, A2 [8. ...e6] [Exchange Sac on c3] 13...Rxc3! ...e6] [Risky pawn-grab] 16 Qxb4!? [6. ...e6] [Exchange Sac on c3] 15...Rxc3!? Leko vs F Vallejo Pons, 2003 (B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 43 moves, 1-0, [Taimanov] ...Nbd7] I Cheparinov vs Lagno, 2006 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 39 moves, 1-0, [Main Line] [8. ...e6] [7. Radjabov employed it again in Novi Sad, and comfortably equalized with the fairly rare sideline 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 e5 5 Nb5 d6 6 N1c3 a6 7 Na3 Be7!? ...h5!?] g4!?] [8. Black should study the English Attack 6.Be3 (instead of Be2) followed by f3, g4, Qd2 and 0-0-0. Black continues to face problems after 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 a6 5 Nc3 b5 6 Bd3 Qb6 7 Nf3!, but 6...Bb7 7 0-0 Nc6 8 Nxc6 Bxc6 is a decent alternative: The fairly rare 9 Bf4 causes problems in Adhiban - Vachier Lagrave, but only because Black hurries to place his bishop on c5 without delay. Z Almasi vs C Lutz, 2005 (B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 33 moves, 1-0, B [6. ...Be7] ...d5!?] Shirov vs Wojtaszek, 2006 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 0-1, Rybka vs Shredder, 2006 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 49 moves, 1-0, Leko vs Gelfand, 2007 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1-0, Shirov vs Van Wely, 2007 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1, Karjakin vs Anand, 2007 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 63 moves, 0-1, Svidler vs Topalov, 2007 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 1-0, Svidler vs Karjakin, 2007 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 0-1, Anand vs Ivanchuk, 2007 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2, Leko vs Anand, 2008 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 45 moves, 0-1, Leko vs Topalov, 2008 (B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1, Morozevich vs Ponomariov, 2008 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 0-1, I Cheparinov vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 55 moves, 1-0, Svidler vs Van Wely, 2008 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2, 19 Nf5!N ...e6] [Perenyi Attack] ...e6] ...e6] Kramnik vs Topalov, 2004 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0, A1 [8. ...e6] [7. Na5!] Motylev vs Grischuk, 2004 (B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 34 moves, 0-1, B. [6. ...e6] [N Sac on b5] [11.Ndxb5!?] Ndxb5!? Nd5!? If White likes to play it quietly he can play 6.Be2 (instead of 6.Bg5) the game will be more positional then and Black can branch out with 6…e6 to the Scheveningen Variation or stay in the Najdorf playing 6…e5. Kasparov vs Judit Polgar, 2000 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 1-0, C [6 ... Ng4] ...e6] [7. ...Nbd7] [Piece exchange on d5] 11. The English Attack rather dominates this month, as we pay attention to its two forms: the traditional anti-Najdorf weapon and the fresher but no less exciting version against the Taimanov. Often, 6. f3 just transposes to the lines with 6. [9. f4!?] Shirov vs Kasparov, 2004 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2, A2. ...b5] [6. [6. Svidler vs Ponomariov, 2005 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2, C [6 ...Ng4] [Positional Approaches] ...Be7] [Main Lines] [9. English Attack E Schiller vs G Kahane, 1997 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0. ...e6] [Piece Sac on b5] 11. This week we shall return to the Sicilian Najdorf English Attack. Short vs Movsesian, 2004 (B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 36 moves, 0-1, [Taimanov] [11...Be7] [13. g4!?] In the early days of the Najdorf 7.Qf3 was popular, but the reply 7...h6 did not allow White to obtain any advantage. Leko vs Topalov, 2005 (B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 40 moves, 0-1, [6. ...e6] [White delays castling] 8. f4; 9. Karjakin vs V Gashimov, 2006(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2, A2. ...h5!?] 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. Ne5N!? [6. ...e6] [Offbeat Ideas] [10. Nc3 a6 6. Svidler vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2, [Main Line] [8. The main purposes of the Najdorf variation is to be able to expand in the centre with e5. Z Almasi vs F Berkes, 2003 (B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 29 moves, 1-0, B. ...Bg4] D Dochev vs V Petkov, 2005(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 56 moves, 0-1, [Main Lines] [10. a4] [13. Rated Medium. M Perez Candelario vs Karjakin, 2005(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 73 moves, 1-0, [Taimanov] White too slow [6. Notes on transpositions:- Open Sicilians Forum V Akopian vs Kramnik, 2004 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0, C [6 ...Ng4] [Piece Sac on b5] 13. Svidler vs Ponomariov, 2006 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 43 moves, 1-0, B [6. Karjakin vs L Dominguez, 2005 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 62 moves, 1-0, A2. ?N] (NIC76) Vachier Lagrave doesn't always uphold the 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Bg5 e6 7 f4 Nc6 variation, and at the World Junior he preferred the more solid 7...Qc7, which was, of course, advocated by Emms and then by Arizmendi and Moreno in their respective repertoire works. Karjakin vs Anand, 2003 (B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2, B. White threatens 8.e5, but Black has several options: Devastating quiet move I've also devoted some attention to the 6 g3 Najdorf against which Black has been struggling a little of late, before touching finally on some high-level developments in the Kalashnikov. Sicilian Defense Najdorf: English Attack. ...Be7] [Offbeat Ideas] [9. ...Be7!?] Chess Database Usage. Leko vs Morozevich, 2005 (B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2, [6. Na5!] [Perenyi Attack Refused] [8. Adams vs Zhong Zhang, 2004 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0, [Main Lines] 13 Qe1!? Sutovsky vs F Amonatov, 2005(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0, B. [Perenyi Attack] g4!?] ...Nbd7] [Exchange sac on c3] [14. Anand vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0, A2 [8. ...e6] [N Sac on b5] [11.Ndb5! Svidler vs Gelfand, 2005(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1-0, B. Anand vs V Akopian, 2004 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 45 moves, 1-0, B. Be3 introduces a very popular line called the English attack. [8. ...Be7] [9. [11. gxf6] [Perenyi Attack] The sharper 7 Nb3 was preferred in Leko - Ivanchuk in which Black decided to test a rather forgotten variation: 7...Be7 8 f3 Be6 9 Qd2 0-0 10 0-0-0 Qc7 11 g4 Rc8 12 Qf2 Nbd7 13 Kb1 b5 14 g5 Nh5: Evidently Leko was caught off guard for his 15 Nd5 allowed Black easy equality. Rxc3!? Svidler vs Sutovsky, 2004 (B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0, A2. 7. 12 Ng3 h4 13 Nh5 Nd7 14 g4 Bb7 Black appears to be fine, as we'll see in .

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