Verifying Georgiev and Kolev-The Sharpest Sicilian 2012

Here is game #24 from The Sharpest Sicilian 2012(The Sicilian Najforf) from Chess Stars by GMs Kiril Georgiev and Atanas Kolev.


This is a truly fantastic book that explains well, analyzes deeply and gives 46 annotated games as well.

The game was played by Atanas Kolev in 2007.

I did my best to check the analysis of just one game and after an afternoon’s work I’m not sure I found everying or checked every possible nook and cranny. There is tons of deep and original analysis give in the annotated games. I cannot possibily do it justice as an amateur but here are my findings for this game.


Papadopoulos,Ioannis (2450) – Kolev,Atanas (2569)
Sicilian Najdorf English Attack 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3[B90]
Athens Acropolis op-A 24th Chalkida (3), 12.08.2009


Position 1
Black has initiated complex counteplay with 17…Nxf2. Black is willing to sacrifice the exchange for activity. How should white respond?

  • 18.Qd2
  • 18.Nxd7(as played)
  • 18.Qd5
  • Something else

White to Play

Position 2
Black has some compensation for the exchange and after 21…Bd8 is attacking the a-pawn. How should white respond?
  • 22.0-0(as played)
  • 22.b4
  • Something else
White to Play
Position 3
A sharp RB-RB opposite color bishop has arisen. The f-pawn is under attack after 41.Rd5. How should black respond?
Black to Play

Posted on December 20, 2012, in Chess Stars, Kolev A, Sicilian Najdorf, The Sharpest Sicilian 2012. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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