Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation, English Attack

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  • 5 weeks ago


    Why is not White playing first f3 (to avoid Ng4 harrasing the Bishop from e3) and then Be3? In the above diagram, what would be White's best response to Ng4 and why? Thank you.

  • 2 years ago


    I really like this Opening with Black cause he has very good chances to counterattack. I also like the piece coordination in the Center. But you really shouldnt play this stuff if you arent an attacking player cause the game will get very very Sharp.

    For those who wanna know more about it: There is a nice course Of Gm Daniel King about the Najdorf with some very nice Ideas and Plans for Black.

  • 4 years ago



    according to chess mentor lesson:

    The English Attack is named after a group of strong English players who made this attack popular in the 1980s. The main plan is to attack Black's kingside with a pawn formation of e4, f3, g4 and h4 on the kingside. This is the same attacking idea that White often employs against the Dragon where Black has a bishop on g7. But since Black usually reaches the starting position trying to play a Najdorf, he will not be too keen to fianchetto the kingside bishop to g7. Having played an early ...a7-a6 is also not considered a very useful move in the Dragon. Black will usually try to seek counter play in the center and on the queenside. Play is very sharp and a single mistake by either side could lead to a short game.

  • 4 years ago

    IM testviking

    This is called the English attack because white will build up an attack. I play this with the black pieces. White has an aggressive plan with f2-f3, Qd1-d2, g2-g4, 0-0-0 and g4-g5. White will attack on the kingside and fight for the d5-square. White's light square bishop can also join via Bf1-h3 depending on how the pieces will be placed. In the sharpest variations black counter-attacks with b7-b5-b4 followed by a7-a5-a4 and then b4-b3 opening up white's king. White is definitely attacking so black has to counter-attack.

  • 4 years ago


  • 4 years ago


    This one were played when Kasparov blundered in blitz (there's video on Youtube too)!

  • 4 years ago


    wow what next the KID?

  • 4 years ago


    @indematrix c6 is a very strong responce for e4 and very popular

  • 4 years ago


    Great opening

  • 4 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    This is my favorite opening for black at the moment.  I find my pieces well placed for the middle game.

  • 6 years ago


    I don't get what does this attack

  • 6 years ago



  • 6 years ago


    I love this opening. This is what chess is all about

  • 6 years ago


    If you know it, it seems to work well in fast games.

  • 6 years ago


    one more thing...this opening above is Anand and Topalov most favorite defense and one of the fave when the top 4 playing white.

    The most favorite longest line when playing white is C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer (

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4
  • 6 years ago


    I think the best opening is about how black responds to white first move.

    Stats will show that best first move white is e4 (King's Pawn), which is world top 4 players (Carlsen, Anand, Topalov and Kramnik) fave.

    Based on this, black best moves are almost four but I personally opt on this one with c5 (Sicilian Defense). Top 4 players fave is c5 too, but depending on who they are playing with, also respond with e6 (French), e5 (Ruy Lopez) which I still have to learn why (because I think Ruy Lopez is white's game actually) and of course the Modern Defense (g6).

    From here on, it starts getting complicated...

    If white plays the Queen's Pawn (which I strongly recommend not to do), then Queen's Indian almost has the game in the pocket...



  • 6 years ago


    There is some different variations.

    Such as Najdorf, Schveningen, Dragon and the others.


    I play them all "at all". No others. That's why Sicilian Defense is advantaging.


    Some players play "1. d4" to avoid the Sicilian. Did you know this?

  • 6 years ago


    cmom man!! give me a winning game!!

  • 7 years ago


    Because... It's not the best opening in the world....

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