The Sicilian Najdorf is a chess opening that starts with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 (diagram).
It is 5..a6 that distinguishes this opening as the Sicilian Najdorf – 5..g6, for example, would be the Sicilian Dragon.
The sharp continuation is 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4.
In this exclusive iChess Club video, IM Robert Ris begins a multi-part series exploring this dynamic chess opening from White’s point of view. You’ll learn all the ideas and plans, theory and tactics that will allow you to face the popular Sicilian Najdorf with confidence.
In Part 1, IM Ris begins by looking at how to face Black’s move 7 alternatives, 7..Nc6 and 7..b5, with the Sicilian Najdorf Bg5. These sidelines are seen even at the highest level, and while they aren’t the best continuations for Black, White needs to be prepared.
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