Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 by GM Magesh and GM Arun

17 | Opening Theory

This week we shall see the 8.Qe2!? idea in the 6.Bg5 Sicilian Najdorf System. 8.Qe2 has always been considered to be one of the dangerous systems against the mighty Najdorf. Many Elite players like Ivanchuk, Radjabov, Shirov etc have included this idea in their repertoire. So we shall see a new idea employed by myself in a recent tournament so that the readers can equip themselves against this dangerous system.




There are numerous ideas behind this move. First of all the usual placement of the queen on f3 has a drawback of having the queen on the h1-a8 diagonal where Black gets his bishop on b7 which White wants to avoid. Secondly Queen on e2 can always help White to get the e4-e5 thrust, and also White has the option of sacrificing the Knight on d5 which in typical in such structures. Queen on e2 will definitely be a better placement than f3 in that case.

Today's Game is between Venkatesh-Arun played in a very recent tournament where I employed a new idea and came out successful pretty easily. After the 12. Bg2 Qc4N it is white who has to find himself a clear way to get out of problems.




The 12. Bg2 Qc4!? idea was actually generated from a good old sicilian rule which says that most of the endgames are better for Black in most of the sicilian structures. When White takes an aggressive stance with Kingside pawns marching forward the exchange of Queens definitely benefits Black. After the exchange of Queens it will be much easier for Black to play since he doesnt have any risk. Black players must look out for the h6-g5 break always since after the break most of the times White will be in danger.

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