Category Archives: Sicilian Najdorf

Capablanca Mem 2013 Rd3-GM Almasi(HUN)

Andrew Martin Analyzes
The featured Almasi game is analyzed by IM Andrew Martin on his Youtube Chanel-The Yately Manor Chess Master.



TWIC 964
GM Almasi rolled out the big guns and went for 6.Bg5 against the Sicilian Najdorf. GM Harikrishna defended with 6…Nbd7 and a sharp battle followed.

Here is the feature game.

Almasi,Z (2689) – Harikrishna,P (2705)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qe2 [B94]
48th Capablanca Mem Elite Havana CUB (3.3), 23.04.2013

Position 1
The position is sharp. White has just attacked the queen with 28.Nd7. What do you recommend for black?

  • 28…Qb7
  • 28…Qc7
  • Something else

Black to Play

28.Nd7

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Torokves Open 2013-04 Rd8

Rd8
I lost in rather tragic fashion after getting a good position quite early in the game. Both players made made mistakes but in the end I made more and it cost me the game.

The playing hall getting ready before the round

 A beautiful day outside

Players of all ages


Losing is bad enough but it’s part of the game. Today I took a closer look and was quite surprised to see clearly the large number and variety of mistakes I made.

Here is the game.

Zsatkovics,E (1695) – Yip,M (1999)
Sicilian Najdorf Poisoned Pawn
9.Nb3 Qa3 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Be2 h5 [B97]
Torokves Open (8.6), 01.05.2013

Position 1

Black is a pawn up with a very strong position. What do you recommend for black?


Black to Play

32.Qh7

TCh-HUN 2012–13 Rd9-GM Papp G(HUN) and GM Ilincic,Z(SRB)

TWIC 964

Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be2 h5!?(Diagram)

GM Ilincic won a titanic defensive struggle with his pet line 6…h5!? The ..h5 restraining idea is now popular against the English Attack(6.Be3/f3 and g4) but here seems odd and out of place.
 
6…h5 flies under the radar and is unique to Ilincic.

6…h5


Here is some background from Youtube on Ilincic.
(Ilincic is on the right.)


Ilincic Giving a Simul

Bio-Ilincic
Serbian Grandmaster (1994). 

Champion of Yugoslavia in 1992 (co), 1994 and 2000. National U15 Youth Champion. Won or shared first at Barcelona 1989, Oberwart 1990, Jagodina, Pale and Nis 1993, Belgrade and 1996, Novisad 2002. First Saturday 10/2004 and three more tournaments in Budapest in 2005 and in 2007, Ared Open in 2008, Kecskemet GM 2010, Suboticka GM 2010. 

A member of the Yugoslavian- Serbian team in the Olympiads from 1994 until 2002. Best ELO: 2577 in 1999.

GM Ilincic,Z
 
Here is the feature game.
 
Papp,Ga (2571) – Ilincic,Z (2450)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be2 h5!?[B92]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Budapest HUN (9), 21.04.2013

Position 1

Black will win the exchange but white has strong light square control and well placed minor pieces. What do you recommend for white now?
 
Black to Play

22…Bb5

e4ChessNews Blog Posts March 3 2013

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This is my blog for e4 news, analysis and games.

Today two recent games in the topical Sicilian Najdorf English Attack 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 are examined.

TWIC 953

Cheparinov won with a brilliant attack after first subduing white’s pawn storm idea with a quick …h5. Restraining the kingside and delaying  …0-0 is the defensive method advocated in The Sharpest Sicilian 2012(Chess Stars 2012) so this is a key game for keeping up with current theory.

Berescu,A (2495) – Cheparinov,I (2709) 
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6(10.f3 h5) [B90] 
35th Georgi Tringov Open Plovdiv BUL (8.3), 09.02.2013


Black to Play


22.Nc4


TWIC 955

Bu won a model ending after white made small structural compromises in the normally sharp English Attack in a Sicilian Najdorf. The big fashion is 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 but Bu used the …a5-a4 queenside attack plan.

Hagen,Andr (2411) – Bu Xiangzhi (2675)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7(10…a5) [B90]
Reykjavik Open 2013 ISL (8.18), 25.02.2013



Black to Play


37.Rd3

e4ChessNews Blog Posts March 1-2 2013

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This is my new blog for 1.e4 opening news and ideas.

Keeping Up With The Sharpest Sicilian 2012
2 Featured games on the Najdorf.


TWIC 939
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 is a very popular line. The kingside restraint plan slows down the traditional kingside pawn storm allowing time for black to get going on the queenside.

In the featured game, the slow plan 13.a3 is not dangerous and the result was not related to the opening so black has nothing to worry about.


Gabrielian,A (2592) – Neverov,V (2494) 
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 [B90]
Chigorin Memorial St Petersburg RUS (9.21), 04.11.2012

TWIC 926
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 is a very popular line. The kingside restraint plan slows down the traditional kingside pawn storm allowing time for black to get going on the queenside.

In the featured game, Bologan chose 9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.Nd5 and went for a positional game. 16…a5 conceded an outpost on b5 which allowed Bologan to start a strong massaging game which resulted in victory.

Bologan,V (2732) – Wang Hao (2739) 
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 [B90]
45th Biel GM Biel SUI (9), 01.08.2012

ch-HUN U20 2013 Budapest

White lost the mutual attacking race in a Najdorf sideline.

Zsirai,P (2207) – Haszon,D (2263)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Qf3 g6[B90]
ch-HUN U20 2013 Budapest HUN (6.2), 07.02.2013

Position 1
Mutual attacks are underway. What should black do now?

Black to Play

17.Rc1

Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3 e5 Trends(TWIC 953)

Here is the latest news on the Najdorf English Attack 6.Be3 e5 played earlier this month.

Black defended with the …h5 kingside restraining method proposed by Georgiev and Kolev in The Sharpest Sicilian 2012(Chess Stars 2012).

Berescu,A (2495) – Cheparinov,I (2709)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3[B90]
35th Georgi Tringov Open Plovdiv BUL (8.3), 09.02.2013


Position 1
The position does not look so clear. What do you suggest for black?
-21…Ra8 Play for the attack starting with kicking the queen with tempo.
-Grab material with 21..Qxd5
-Something else

Black to Play

21.Be2

Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 Nbd7(TWIC 953)

Here is the latest news on the Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 Nbd7(TWIC (953) played earlier this month. 

The 6..Nbd7 idea is one of the ideas recommended by Ftacnik in The Sicilian Defence(Quality Chess 2010).

Chernobay,A (2499) – Demchenko,A (2627)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 Nbd7[B94]
Moscow Open A 2013 Moscow RUS (4.9), 05.02.2013

Position 1
White has an sacrificial attacking idea that should only be good enough for a draw. Do you see it?

White to Play

22..fe

Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd6

Here is an attacking game from recent(TWIC 952) Hungarian Team Ch rd6 action.

Roganovic,Milo (2518) – Nestorovic,L (2384) 
Najdorf 6.Bg5[B96]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Decs HUN (6), 27.01.2013


Position 1
Black is preparing a queenside counterattack with 19…Rc8. Both sides are now in a race to mate each other’s kings. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play

19…Rc8


Rakosmente Open 2013-02 Rd2

I scored 1.5/3 today for a total of 2.5/4 but had to withdraw as I am just too sick with a cold to play anything close to chess.

Here’s my rd2 game. More tomorrow. Please someone takes some pictures for the bog. Balla,Atilla will bring his camera tomorrow. Thanks in advance.