Sicilian Najdorf for White – Gelfand Variation – IM Robert Ris (iChess Club)

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The Sicilian Najdorf is a chess opening that starts with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 (diagram).

Najdorf Sicilian
Sicilian Najdorf

It is 5..a6 that distinguishes this opening as the Sicilian Najdorf – 5..g6, for example, would be the Sicilian Dragon.

The sharp continuation is 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4.

This is part 3 of an exclusive iChess Club video series from IM Robert Ris on the Sicilian Najdorf for White.

In Part 1, IM Ris looked at Black’s Sicilian Najdorf move 7 alternatives. Then, in Part 2, Najdorf Sicilian setups with ..Be7 were explored..

It’s now time to look at the so-called Gelfand Variation which starts with 7..Nbd7. Black postpones development of his dark-squared bishop to protect the f6 knight, as well as the e5 square.

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