November 3, 2011

Sicilian Defense Najdorf Variation

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If you are a chess beginner, this page will give you an initial information on the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian Defense. Find data on the Najdorf variation, see chess video on the Najdorf. Special PGN files on this variation will be provided later on a separate page.

The Najdorf variation is number one variation of the Sicilian Defense. This variation of the Sicilian is very popular at the chess master level and at the top level of chess. It was very popular among many World Chess Champions including Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.

It is named after the Polish-Argentinian Grandmaster Miguel Najdorf (born Mieczyslaw Najdorf, 1910-1997) who contributed a lot to the variation. The Najdorf is one of the sharpest variation of the Sicilian Defense and not easy in learn because of many decent lines of play.

Variation Name: The Najdorf variation of the Sicilian Defense
Moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6
ECO Codes: B90-B99

By popularity, White has 3 most common answers (6.Be3, 6.Bg5, Be2) and 4 less common (6.Bc4, 6.f4, 6.g3, 6.h3). The White answer 6.Be3 is officially named the Byrne (English) Attack, the 6.Bg5 answer is unofficially called the Main Line, and 6.Bc4 is the Fischer-Sozin Attack.

To understand in a visible way the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian Defense, to get a general picture and presentation of this variation, and to study the most common playing lines of the Najdorf, you are recommended to see the following video:

• If the opening video hasn’t shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player’s handle.
• If the video displays an error, try to start and play it later.

Note. Having seen one video may be not enough to learn it. Because the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian Defense is large, there will be published special PGN files. The Najdorf PGN files will be placed on a separate page of this chess openings blog. Thanks!