A Najdorf Sicilian Miniature

A Najdorf Sicilian Miniature


One of my first chess books was Irving Chernev's Logical Chess: Move by Move. Some of the games in this book were less then 25 moves long. Sometimes, I wondered why one would include these short games in an instructive book. However, now I think I get it. These short games often contain a key instructive moment (or maybe several) that can be very insightful to those who work to mine for their treasures.

An example of this is Paul Morphy's famous Opera Game. This game was the first one I memorized and it taught the importance of development and time in the opening. I wrote a post about this recently - you can check it out! It also made me wonder why anyone would play the Philidor Defense! Here is that game below with some comments from Bobby Fischer himself. For my take on it, you can check out my video on the Opera Game.

Miniatures often involve a thematic tactical shot that punctuates positional errors made earlier in the game. For example, the final queen sacrifice in the Opera Game above. Here is one from a recent game of mine:

In the game below, I share my own contribution to the world of instructive miniatures. This game features the punishment of aggression without proper preparation. This combined with a suboptimal defense and a final blunder equal a fun little miniature for you to enjoy.

As I mention in the annotations, I also play the White side of the Sozin Attack. Bobby Fischer's games inspired me to play this variation and I made a video of one of Bobby Fischer's games in the Sozin.