Sicilan Sundays! The Najdorf, The unusual 6.f3

Sicilan Sundays! The Najdorf, The unusual 6.f3

Jan 10, 2016, 2:16 AM |

Welcome to the first blog of my daily blogs. As I said I'll start from Sicilan sundays.

In this Sicilian Sunday I will show you the Sicilian Najdorf 6.f3.

So, let's start!

Thia move would in 99% of all games be followed by a subsequent Be3 next few moves against both 6...e6 and 6...e5 thus transposing to the English Attack. In this section I will examine a few cases where White is "being creative", trying to derive some independent value from this move order.


9.Nd5 might look natural, but it is a classic example of mixing up the ideas of different set-ups, without keeping the advantages of any of them.


Already White needs to be careful, as he is behind in development with a slightly unfavorable pawn structure. 


Lets go back to the main line 9.Qd2 not 9.Nd5


White's 'creative' play has only resulted in an inferior version of the unusual positions he would reach the English attack. The main problem is that he will find it hard to launch an attack on the kingside, as his bishop will obstruct the g-pawn. Black, on the other hand, is not feeling any restrictions on the queenside. It is amusing him to consider that those relying on the database statistics to maketheir choices would think that the position after 11.Be3 would give him a good game, with a 68% score!. However, those with a bit more chess knowledge will recognize the position in the question as one where it is typically White, not black to move.
Instead of that rather humiliating retreat, White has also tried:

Black has equalized effortlessly, and if anything his position is slightly easier to handle. His knight is about to land on c4 and Black can activate his bishop with ...e5-e4 as well. The game continued:

White simply cannot survive the long run.

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