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White tries to enter a Richter-Rauzer Attack. From the preamble it should be clear that White is not well placed to counter this move, as he cannot play 9 e3 9 JLh4 is not to be recommended 9 & xe4 10 & xe4 (10 & xd8 ixd2 11 i.b6 > xfl) 10 fxh4+ 11 g3 Wd8 120-0-0 d5, when Black enjoys a solid pawn advantage, Hagarova-Dwora-kowska, Zagan girls U-20 Wch 1997. Black has the two bishops, and every reason to feel happy with himself. White must play this move to keep an eye on g5, else he...

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Black strikes in the centre, and drives the dangerous white knight away from its central post. There are two main replies, although neither of them puts the knight on a particularly good square. In fact, in both cases, White will probably need to make several more moves with this piece, sooner or later. The only other sensible possibility, 7 is simply met by 7 d5 8 g5 d4 9 i.xf6 *tf6 10 & d5 Wd8 11 c4 g6 (this forces the f5-knight to a poor square) 12 g3 g7 13 0-0 0-0 14 c5 (this move...

Bibliography

Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings, vol. B Sahovski Informator 1984 Informator 1-74 Sahovski Informator, 1972-99 The Complete Najdorf Modern Lines, John Nunn and Joe Gallagher Batsford 1998 The Complete Najdorf 6 JLg5, John Nunn Batsford 1996 Winning With the Najdorf Daniel King Batsford 1993 The Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defence, Yefim Geller, Svetozar Gligoric, Lubosh Kavalek and Boris Spassky RHM Press 1976 ChessBase 7, with the analysis modules Fritz 5 and Crafty 16, using games drawn...

The Theory of

1 e4 c5 2 gt f3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 sxd4 f6 5 ic3 a6 6 Ac4 e6 DJ White has the following moves A 7 amp b3 48 B 7a3 66 a 7 0-0 b5 and now 8 . amp b3 transposes to Line A, while 8 ji.d3 looks rather pointless, playing a 6 d3 line with a tempo less. 8 b7 9 a4 b4 10 sa2 amp xe4 11 xb4 sf612 c3 i.e7 13 a5 0-0 should be fine for Black. b 7 JLe3 b5 8 JLb3 transposes to note 'b' to White's 8th move in Line A. The most common move, removing the bishop from the exposed c4-square. With this active retort,...

Strategic Ideas

Without going into great detail here, specific strategic ideas are often limited to a particular type of position, and in modern chess less is made of general rules and more of the concrete appraisal of each position's peculiarities. In other words, you will have to learn your theory Nonetheless there are themes that run throughout the book. The Najdorf Variation is an attack on White's e-pawn. Already, after White's third move the anti-positional swap of White's central pawn for Black's c-pawn...

An Influential Game

The first opening I can remember playing with Black is the Najdorf, for the simple reason that the then World Champion, Bobby Fischer, was my first chess hero, and he played it all the time. His games still demonstrate a purity that few other players could ever match. The following game impressed me greatly the first time I saw it, for Black s so-called bad bishop suddenly became the powerful possessor of the dark squares. 1 e4 c5 2 f3 d6 3 d4 lt amp f6 4 gt c3 cxd4 5 gt xd4 a6 6 i.c4 e6 7 a3...