An interesting game in the Najdorf sicilian

Jun 14, 2013, 12:20 AM |

I just played this interesting game in the Najdorf sicilian.

I have been playing the najdorf for a couple of years and did quite a bit of research and study in it, however, the simple idea in this game took me by surprise in this game. After having analyzed the game with my opponent and later checking with Fritz, I realized that instead of reacting to black's provocative move, had I continued normal development, my position would have been better and it would have been black who would have been in trouble.

After the opening moves,

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 b5

this was the position.


I was actually quite confused by 6..b5

The two best moves in this position are 7.f3 and 7.a4. Fritz also gives a4 after castling as I will discuss later.





White has almost finished development.

The light-squared bishop is optimally deployed to e2 and queen-side castling should be done and then black is suffering.

However, I went in for the wrong ideas.


Let's see how Fritz assesses this position

Fritz actually gives a huge advantage to white +.85

Let's look at a beautiful fantasy line given by Fritz at this point

This is a beautiful line indeed and many of the moves are actually too subtle. The Rb8 move which seems to only help white to move the Queen to a4 turns out to indeed be necessary because of the threats white can make with Bg2.