The d5 hole in the Najdorf and other Sicilians

Jun 26, 2012, 4:46 PM |

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!