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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sicilian Najdorf English Attack-TWIC 971 June 18, 2013

TWIC 971
The English Attack against the Najdorf continues to be popular. Here are the two recent examples.

Game 1-6.Be3 e5 Najdorf Center
GM Nakamura added a wrinkle to the fast growing body theory in the 8..h5 anti-English Attack plan. GM Caruana tried to play the whole board but overextending allowed black to fight back with some tough defence.

GM King analyzes

Caruana,F (2774) - Nakamura,Hi (2784)
SI Najdorf 6. f3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be3 h5 [B90]
8th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (4.3), 17.06.2013

Position 1
The 8...h5 restraining plan continues to take the sting out of any prospective kingside attack ideas. The new wrinkle is 12...Rc8 and black is fine. Black does not commit the queen too early which gave black other defensive options.


Position 2
The position is tense. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play

Game 2-
6.Be3 e6-Scheveningen Center
The small center is also popular. The early commitment of the light bishop 9.Bd3 did not help white get any kind of attack going. GM Parligras took over the role of attacker on the queenside with some nice play and converted the extra pawn in a RB-RN;R-R ending.

More on Golden Sands, Bulgaria

Janev,P (2223) - Parligras,M (2565)
SI Najdorf 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2[B80]

2nd Grand Europe Open 2013 Golden Sands BUL (1.11), 10.06.2013

Position 1
White would like to attack but black has not committed the king yet. Black is however ready on the queenside. What do you recommend for black?


Position 2
The P+ technical endgame was of some interest. White is counting on the passed c-pawn supported by the king for counterplay. What do you recommend for black?


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