Najdorf Variation Main Line

By now you should be getting an idea of just how complex the Sicilian Najdorf has become. But wait,

Modem King Pawn Defenses we haven't gotten to the main line!

(I.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4) 7...Be7

This natural developing move is the most popular way to play the Naj-dorf. Black breaks the pin and prepares to castle out of the central dangers. 8.Qf3

White makes way for his own King to castle.

_ Diagram 117.

Black has also played the Najdorf with 8...h6 9.Bh4, intending to provoke a sharp encounter by playing .. .g7-g5. 9.0-0-0 Nbd7

The position shown in Diagram 117 is considered yet another starting point of the Najdorf Sicilian! Theorists have devoted a dozen moves and more to the best plans for White and Black. I suspect they will still be debating for centuries to come. It is impossible to say that an "equilibrium" has been established. Both sides have their advantages and I'll just say the position provides both players with good winning prospects.

Najdorf Variation
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