GingerGM Lazy Najdorf – GM Simon Williams

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Gingergm Lazy Najdorf – Gm Simon Williams

Lazy Sicilian Najdorf – GM Simon Williams (The GingerGM)

Gingergm Lazy Najdorf – Gm Simon Williams

In this 6+ hour DVD hosted by GM Simon Williams and GM Danny Gormally, we aim to teach you one of the most aggressive replies to 1.e4, the Sicilian Najdorf.

GingerGM is pleased to present a long-time Sicilian Najdorf aficionado GM Danny Gormally, who will provide you with expert analysis and theoretical knowledge on one of the sharpest and most popular chess openings of all time.

Also on hand is GM Simon Williams, who utilizes 20+ years of teaching to ask questions relevant to the casual or club player, ensuring that there is no stone left unturned in helping you learn this aggressive and historically-respected variation of the classic Sicilian Defence, frequently employed by world champions, Bobby Fischer and Gary Kasparov.

About the Authors:

GM Simon Williams (aka Ginger GM) is an English chess grandmaster, author, and commentator.

He obtained the Grandmaster title 2008, by accomplishing the final norm at the Hastings International Chess Congress 2005/2006 and the 2500+ rating at Hastings 2007/2008.

In 2009, he organized the Big Slick International in Purley, London, which comprised an invitational GM tournament and FIDE Rated Open.

Danny Gormally is an English chess Grandmaster and coach.

Gormally played for the English national team in the 2005 European Team Chess Championship and 2006 Chess Olympiad.

Is the course for me?

Boasting 17 key games with expert Grandmaster analysis, and 7 distinct chapters of sharp theory, this DVD provides the chess student, novice or advanced alike, with everything you need to confidently begin to play this opening or refresh your previous repertoire.

Here are some of the most important lessons you’ll learn:

The Rook Sacrifice on c3

Gingergm Lazy Najdorf – Gm Simon WilliamsLearn how the legendary Gary Kasparov sacrificed the exchange on c3 in order to get an active counterplay on the queenside, while his King was still sitting in the middle of the board.

Sacrificing the exchange on c3 in order to get a very active counterplay on the queenside is a very typical idea in many variations of the Sicilian Defense.

You can see how black does this with great results.

Opposite side attacks!

It’s very common to see White castling queenside in order to start an attack against the Black King, which usually castles kingside or stays in the center for some time.

You’ll learn how to play actively in order to create counterplay on the queenside before your opponent starts his own attack on the kingside.

The …d5 break

In many variations of the Sicilian Defense, especially on the Sicilian Najorf, White obtains a space advantage in the center and puts pressure on the d5 square.

Learn how to quickly equalize or even get an advantage with the Black pieces, by playing the common breakthrough …d5.

Rather than bombarding the student with endless theoretical variations to memorize, ‘The Lazy Najdorf’ aims to teach you the main ideas, concepts, structures, replies etc., in an easy-to-remember and simple fashion.

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Running Time

6 hours




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Chapter List

Chapter Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Game 1 – Robert Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan – Domination of d5
  • Game 2 – Example of domination of the d5 square – V. Anand vs L. van Wely
  • Game 3 – Example of how to deal with the domination of the d5 square – W. Unzicker vs R. Fischer
  • Game 4 – Rook sacrifice on c3 – S. Movsesian vs G. Kasparov
  • Game 5 – How to deal with …Rxc3 – J. Polgar vs P. Svidler
  • Game 6 – Typical …e5 and Queenside attack – S. P. Sethuraman vs Y. Yangyi
  • Game 7 – Black takes the sting out of white’s play with …e5! – D. Howell vs M. Carlsen
  • Game 8 – The …d5 break – B. Michiels vs E. Sutovsky
  • Game 9 – The …d5 break – D. Gormally vs N. Zwirs
  • Game 10 – The …d5 break (3) – J. Hjartarson vs G. Vidit
  • Game 11 – Opposite side attacks! (1) – G. Sax vs J. Gallagher
  • Game 12 – Opposite side attacks! (2) – A. Motylev vs B. Gelfand
  • Game 13 – Dark square control (1) – R Ponomariov vs V Anand
  • Game 14 – Dark square control (2) – A. Saveliev vs D. Kokarev
  • Game 15 – White’s typical attack – E. Sutovsky vs L. van Wely
  • Game 16 – White’s attack with g6 and h5 – E. Sutovsky vs F. Amonatov
  • Game 17 – Ways to stop White’s kingside attack – A. Shirov vs G. Kasparov
  • Theory A – Bg5 – The Sharpest System
  • Theory B – Bc4 – Fischer’s Favourite Plan
  • Theory C – The Trendy h3
  • Theory D – The Solid Be2
  • Theory E – An Early f4 from white
  • Theory F – White plays g3
  • Theory G – The English Attack with Be3 (S. Karjakin vs V. Anand)
  • Conclusion
  • Bonus video