Sicilian Defense: Open, Najdorf Variation

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

The Najdorf is one of the most popular openings. By playing 5...a6, Black avoids Bb5+ moves (thus preparing ...e5), while also preparing an eventual ...b5. Black keeps flexibility in the destination of the Nb8, while also maintaining opportunities to play ...e5, ...e6, or ...g6.


  • Positionally sound while also dynamic
  • Very good for playing for a win
  • Sharp


  • Very theoretical
  • White has many dangerous piece sacrifices
  • Very popular - thus your opponents will be prepared

Learn the Sicilian Najdorf

Learn the essentials of the Sicilian Najdorf with an educational video on move order, pawn structures and the key themes to know.
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