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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

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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

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

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