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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sicilian Najdorf English Attack 7.Nf3[B90]-TWIC 982

TWIC 982
This week, the softer 7.Nf3 version of the English Attack is featured as opposed to the more aggressive 7.Nb3(+f3-g4 pawn storm).

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Kovacevic,A (2564) - Sarenac,D (2293)
Najdorf English Attack 7.Nf3[B90]
TCh-SRB 1st League 2013
Kragujevac SRB (5.1), 28.08.2013

Position 1
White is more active and has a queenside majority. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


26..Rf6

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sicilian 6.Bg5 Nbd7[B94]-TWIC 981

TWIC 981
The 6.Bg5 Nbd7 continues to be a fashionable line but the Bh4 plan should not be so dangerous as improvements for black are easy to find.

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Vachier Lagrave,M (2719) - Dominguez Perez,L (2757)
Sicilian 6.Bg5 Nbd7[B94]
FIDE World Cup 2013 
Tromso NOR (3.1), 17.08.2013

Position 1
Black has a clearly bad pawn structure. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


34..Bb6

Thursday, August 8, 2013

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I am playing in a Tournament Aug 9-11 so there will be limited blog activity.

Pirc Austrian Attack 5..0-0[B09]-TWIC 977

TWIC 977
The Pirc gets even more popular with GM Moskalenko's new book. Here is a recent game featuring the aggressive Austrian Attack from the Scottish Ch. GM Gawain Jones got a dynamic game for the sacrifice pawn and won easily from there on.



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Bryson,D (2362) - Jones,G (2643)
Pirc Austrian Attack 5..0-0[B09]
120th ch-SCO 2013
Helensburgh SCO (1.1), 06.07.2013

Position 1
White threatened 23.d6+ winning the Bb7 with his last move. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play


22.Bb3

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Najdorf Update-TWIC 978

TWIC 978
The Sicilian Najdorf remains at the height of fashion. Here are two key games from last week.

Game 1
6...Nbd7 has become the new main line. White got nothing special in the opening and only made progress late in the middlegame.

Solak,D (2598) - Kurnosov,I (2657)
Sicilian Najdor 6.Bg5 Nbd7 [B94]
Biel MTO 2013

Game 2
6...e5 has become the main way to defend against the English Attack and the only question is if black will followup with ...h5. 

Cheparinov,I (2678) - Schandorff,L (2522)
Sicilian 6.Be3 e5[B90]
Politiken Cup 2013

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Game 1
6...Nbd7 has become the new main line. White got nothing special in the opening and only made progress late in the middlegame.

Solak,D (2598) - Kurnosov,I (2657)
Sicilian Najdor 6.Bg5 Nbd7 [B94]
Biel MTO 2013
Biel SUI (7.3), 29.07.2013

Position 1
Black is desperately hanging on and now white must make a decision with his queen after 43...Bc2. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


43..Bc2


Game 2
6...e5 has become the main way to defend against the English Attack and the only question is if black will followup with ...h5. Here GM Schandorff does without the restraining advance but after committing with ...f4, black came under intense pressure.

Cheparinov,I (2678) - Schandorff,L (2522)
Sicilian 6.Be3 e5[B90]
Politiken Cup 2013
Helsingor DEN (10.3), 04.08.2013

Position 1


39..Nd7

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sicilan Najdorf 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5[B90]-TWIC 977

TWIC 977
The ...h5 restraining play continues to be an effective plan against the English Attack. GM Brodsky varied from the repertoire recommendation of The Sharpest Sicilian 2012 with 11..a5 and obtained a satisfactory game by continuing with ...a4 etc.

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Khramov,Andrey (1903) - Brodsky,M (2562) 
Sicilan Najdorf 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5[B90]
Minsk Open 2013 
Minsk BLR (1.3), 13.07.2013


Position 1
Black continueed with 11..a5 intending ...a4 with queenside counterplay. This varies from 11...g6, the repertoire recommendation of The Sharpest Sicilian 2012(Chess Stars 2012).

Black to Play


11.Qd2

Position 2
Forcing play has begun as both sides have pieces under attack. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play

27.Qxa4

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 Nbd7[B94]-TWIC 977

TWIC 977
The Najdorf 6.Bg5 Nbd7 variation was red hot last week and white is getting nowhere. This is now the new main line against 6.Bg5.

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Ginsburg,G (2513) - Givon,A (2438)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 Nbd7[B94]
Maccabiah GM1 2013
Jerusalem ISR(9.3), 28.07.2013

Position 1
White has R+2Ps for BB but is not making any progress on the kingside. What do you recommend for black now?

Black to Play


27.Ne2