This is one of the most popular Sicilian variations. It seems to be rather difficult for White to crack. This opening is reached with the sequence: 1. e4 c5; 2. Nf3 d6; 3. d4 cd; 4. Nxd4 Nf6; 5. Nc3 a6. Major choices for White include 6. Bc4, 6. Bg5, 6. Be3, and 6. Be2. The system with 6. Bc4 is commonly known as the Fischer-Sozin attack. The system with 6. Be3 is commonly known as the English attack. On 6. Bc4 e6; the standard move was once 7. Bb3. This has the drawback of allowing 7. ___ Nbd7. 7. O-O makes 7. _____Nbd7 unfeasible because of the Bishop sacrifice on e6 and may actually be stronger. The Najdorf has remained popular for decades because there is no variation that seems to give White a clear plus against all defensive lines. The lines that use 6. Be3 or 6. Bg5 may be combined with Queenside castling so White can advance his Kingside Pawns without exposing his own King.

Najdorf Sicilian


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Starting Out: Sicilian Najdorf – Palliser

Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 – Shirov

The Cutting Edge 2: Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3 – Pavlovic

Play the Najdorf: Scheveningen Style – Emms

How to Play the Najdorf, Vol. 1 – Kasparov

The Sicilian Sozin – Golubev