Category Archives: Sicilian Najdorf

Najdorf 16.Rg1 Perenyi Attack

The recently completed Perenyi Memorial Open is held annually in Budapest to honor the memory of IM Perenyi,B, the creator of a couple of Sicilian killing lines.

Here is a nice example of the 16.Rg1 Perenyi Attack in the Najdorf.

Najer,Evgeniy (2669) – De Firmian,Nick E (2552)
Najdorf 6.Bg5 Perenyi Attack 16.Rg1[B99]
World op 37th Philadelphia (5), 03.07.2009

Position 1

White to Play

19…Qa5


Basel 2013 Rd5,.GM Hansen,E(CAN)

Here is Hansen’s Rd5 game.

Hansen,Eric (2568)-Kvetny,Mark(2201)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.h3!?[B90]
Hilton Open 2013 Basel (5.10), 04.01.2013

Position 1
Black has just advanced in the center with the natural looking 10…d5 novelty. How should white respond?

White to Play

10…d5



Position 2
White has just attacked Nb4 in a tense unbalanced position. How should white respond?

Black to Play

29.Ka3


Position 3
White’s queen is passive and Ka3 looks awkwardly placed. What should white do now?


White to Play

35…Bg6


Verifying The Sharpest Sicilian 2012 6.Bc4-Part 2

Part 2 11…0-0
The 6.Bc4 Najdorf requires detailed preparations for the defence. Georgiev and Kolev give this line and the Najdorf as a whole a thorough analysis. Now these findings are verified in light of recent games.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.0–0 b5 8.Bb3 Be7 9.Qf3 Qb6 10.Be3 Qb7 11.Qg3
(a)11…b4!(Georgiev/Kolev)
(b)11…0-0

Here is a recent game in the 11…0-0 line which is not part of the Georgiev/Kolev repertoire. However, I think it’s a perfectly viable method of defending.

Dastan,B (2317)-Dao Thien Hai(2518)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bc4[B87]
40th Olympiad Open Istanbul TUR(7.18), 04.09.2012

Position 1
Black’s king is surrounded by a protective pawn wall. How should white proceed?

White to Play



38…Qc6

Verifying The Sharpest Sicilian 2012 6.Bc4-Part 1

Part 1 11…b4
The 6.Bc4 Najdorf requires detailed preparations for the defence.

Georgiev and Kolev give this line and the Najdorf as a whole a thorough analysis. Now these findings are verified in light of recent games.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.0–0 b5 8.Bb3 Be7 9.Qf3 Qb6 10.Be3 Qb7 11.Qg3
(a)11…b4!(Georgiev/Kolev) 
(b)11…0-0

Here is a recent game in the 11…b4 line which is the Georgiev/Kolev repertoire.

The game is a short draw where white never was in a threatening position. Georgiev/Kolev conclusions are verified in the notes.

Dastan,B(2317)-Gopal,G(2550)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bc4[B87]
40th Olympiad Open Istanbul TUR (2.5), 29.08.2012

Position 1
Black has just made a useful prophylactic king shuffle 15..Kh8(now there is no Bh6). What are white’s options now?

White to Play

15…Kh8

Budapest Xmas Open 2012 Rd7

Here is a tense game in the topical Najdorf from the Xmas Open last year.

Mester,Attila(2128)-Medve,Mark(1972)
Sicilian Najdorf English Attack 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3[B90]
IV. Karacsonyi Open Budapest, Hungary(7.4),30.12.2012

Position 1
Mutual attacks have begun. White looks to be further along with the g-file to work with and the bishop pair. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play

23.Qg2

Verifying The Sharpest Sicilian 2012

Georgiev and Kolev give some analysis of the following line in the Sharpest Sicilian 2012(Chess Stars 2012).

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e5 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.a4 Be7 9.Bd3 0–0 10.0–0 exf4 11.Bxf4 Qb6+ 12.Kh1 Qxb2 13.Nd5 Nxd5 14.exd5
14.ed
14…Qb6 Too passive.[Georgiev/Kolev]
14…Nc5 is the Georgiev/Kolev repertoire.
Here is a game featuring 14…Nc5 from the 2009 World Cup featuring Gashimov,V and Li Chao.
Gashimov(l) playing Ponomariov(r) at the World Cup

Li Chao(2596)-Gashimov,V(2758)
Najdorf 6.f4 e5[B93]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (3.1), 27.11.2009

Position 1
Black has erected a brick wall around his king. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play

44…Bf6

Position 2
A complex RR-RN ending is well underway. Black has counterplay looming with the a,b pawns on the march. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play

64…Rb7

Trends in the Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 e6(B96)

Here is a recent game(TWIC 944) in the topical Sicilian Najdorf. The game was won by GM Sandipan,Chanda in the recent Kolkata Open in India.

Bio
Sandipan Chanda (born 13 August 1983) is a chess Grandmaster hailing from the city of Kolkata (Calcutta) in the Indian state of West Bengal. Sandipan became grandmaster in 2003. He played for India in the Chess Olympiads of 2004, 2006 and 2008.-Wikipedia Chanda_Sandipan

Sandipan was the Indian Co-Champion 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Best results

  • Leinfelder Open 2000, 2nd
  • Wiesbaden 2001, 1st
  • Dhaka and Delhi GM 2004, 3rd
  • Curacao Open 2004, 1st
  • World Open 2007, 1st-6th;
  • Hogeschool Zeeland 2008, 1st-4th
  • Kavala Open 2009, 1st-6th
  • Artic Chess (NOR) 2010, 3rd-5th
  • Gibraltar Masters 2010, 1st-9th

He also represented India in the Olympiads between 2004 and 2008 and in the 2009 World Cup.- Chessnc

 

Akshayraj,K (2459) – Sandipan,C (2613)
Sicilian Najdorf Delayed Poisoned Pawn[B96]
5th Kolkata Open IND (6), 08.12.2012

Position 1
White has just played the novelty 24.0-0. How do you assess the new move?

Black to Play

24.0-0

Position 2
White is under pressure and has just challenged the intrusive g-pawn with 29.h3. What should black do?

Black to Play

29.h3
 
 

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

 
17…Nxf2
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
21…Bd8
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
41.Rd5
 
 

Gledura,B(HUN) Gets IM Norm at FSGM 2012-11

13-yr old Gledura,B (HUN 2336) obtained an IM norm at the recent FSGM tournament in November.

Gledura,B
Bio-by Diana Mihajlova Chessbase-Zalakaros Report

Benjamin Gledura (2102) won Gold in Fermo, Italy in 2009, at the World Youth Championship, in the under-10 section. According to a study curried out in the USA, he is considered among the 50 most talented in the world. This sporty young lad is also a champion in swimming. He comes from Eger, a small town in the north of Hungary, which is famous for its swimming sports complex. All Benjamin’s family are amateurs swimmers, but he is the only champion in 50 metres – he won gold and twice bronze medals in his age group.

Here is one of his wins that showcase his attacking skills.

Gledura,B (2336) – Hagen,Andr (2418)
Sicilian 6.Qe2 Najdorf[B90]
FSGM Nov 2012 Budapest HUN (2.3), 05.11.2012
White played a sideline against the popular Najdorf but this line is well known in Hungary as a pet line of GM Czebe.

White to Play