Sicilian Najdorf for White – The Poisoned Pawn 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.

This is part 5 of an ongoing series from IM Robert Ris, in which he explores how to face this popular opening from White’s perspective.

IM Ris recommends playing 6.Bg5, and in this video he looks at play in the Poisoned Pawn variation, 6..e6 7.f4 Qb6.

This is a critical variation in the Najdorf Sicilian. There is some theory that simply must be learned here, but White has nothing to fear and can go for the kill with the main line.

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. In Part 3, the Gelfand Variation was examined, and in Part 4, 6…Nbd7 in the Najdorf was analyzed.

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