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The d5 hole in the Najdorf and other Sicilians

Just played a 15 minute game online, which I thought made excellent use of the common d5 hole in the Sicilian Defence, particularly in Najdorf variations where Black pushes e5 early. Often I find myself sacrificing too much initiative/piece quality in other parts of the board to place a knight on this excellent square when playing as White - in particular, I also leave my king a little loose with regularity! Nevertheless, this time the knight dominates from the central square and leads to my victory.

Quite pleased with this game. I have trouble playing against the Najdorf (who doesn't I guess!) but this game was a solid strategical win - even against an inferior version of that setup! Thanks for reading!

Comments


  • 17 months ago

    jpr1

    great game.  thank you for the very informative notes at each step!

    well played--

  • 2 years ago

    -waller-

    Cool, thanks for the info! I've seen that game of Boleslavsky's actually where he sacrifices the pawn to get the unassailable knight on d5. Didn't know the whole idea carried his name!

  • 2 years ago

    Crazychessplaya

    I read ya, but to be in line with the chess literature, a "Boleslavsky hole" or a "Boleslavsky pawn formation" should be mentioned instead of the Najdorf. More accurate...

  • 2 years ago

    -waller-

    I didn't say it was! Read the game annotations where I point out how I took advantage of the omission of 5...a6, which is normally played in the Najdorf, and after the game, where I declared my opinion that playing 5...e5 instead was an inferior setup to the Najdorf.

    The only reason I mentioned the Najdorf is because I think the N on d5 strategical motif is a similar idea, with a similar pawn structure; so the ideas are transferrable!

  • 2 years ago

    Crazychessplaya

    If it doesn't have ...a6, it is not the Najdorf, dude.

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