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what is the purpose of najdorf and scheveningen?
and what opening should we play if 1. d4?
a) To play for a win
b) Queen's Gambit Declined
a) To play chess.
b) Play chess.
I was about to try to put some witty comment, but @pfren has given the answer I was going to get at.
Stop booking, and start playing.
The idea behind all Sicilian variations is, at some level, to trade a wing pawn (black's C pawn) for a center pawn (white's D pawn) and thus gain a long term positional edge.
However, in practice, it has been found that doing so often results in other positional weaknesses (such as a backward d pawn in black's camp) that balance out the benefit black gains by the trade.
Both the Najdorf and the Scheveningen are simply variations which take different specific tactical approaches to solving the general strategic considerations present in Sicilian lines.
The choice of openings against any particular choice by white is a personal matter -- play the opening you understand and which feel natural to you. The best way to gain an appreciation and feel for openings is to play over many, many GM level games. chessgames.com has a "guess the move" feature which is excellent for this.
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