When you play the c5 and follow it up with a6, your opponent knows that you mean business.
That’s Najdorf Sicilian for you, ladies and gentlemen.
The opening that the Kasparovs and the Fischers of the chess world employ to stare down their opponents and whisper in their ears, “I am here to crush you!”
Wait! What if White goes for the…Bc4, Bg5, Be2, Be3, h3…?
Black must be precise in what he plays next.
Let me tell you something.
When you are a Najdorf player…
- The slope is slippery.
- The terrain is treacherous.
- Skipping the theory is not really an option.
That’s why we bring this brand-new course on Najdorf Sicilian by IM Marcin Sieciechowicz where he is going to teach YOU the secrets of this fascinating opening.
Marcin has won many medals in the Polish junior chess championship, including becoming the 2010 U18 Junior Polish champion. He’s already got two GM norms and his peak rating was 2462.
He has got a lot of experience playing the Najdorf Sicilian and he is here to share his unique knowledge and practical insights of this opening with you.
A sneak peek into the training:
- The ambitious 6.h3! White wants to mobilize the pawns in front of his king. Next, fianchetto the king’s bishop. And pull off a kingside attack. Can he? Not if Black does what Marcin suggests in Chapters 4 and 5.
- The antidote to White’s 6.f4. White wants to grab center control with the e4 and f4 pawn push. What’s next? Simple. Play …e5 immediately and challenge it. The idea is to capture it on the next move.
- Sozin variation redefined. White’s light-square bishop goes to c4 and repositions itself to b3. Dangerous! Looking directly at the Black king. Marcin tells you how to nullify White’s tactical ideas in this line and play for an advantage instead.
- Delay castling in the English attack. If White wants a fight on the kingside by castling long himself, don’t give him that. Instead, push that h-pawn forward to stop any pawn push and reroute your knight to c5 to get more piece activity there.
- Fianchettoed bishop on g2. A sharp line where White gets a lot of powerplay on the queenside. What should Black do? Sacrifice a piece, blow open the center, and go for a king hunt! More in Chapters 6 and 7.
Always wanted to play the Najdorf properly? Now’s your chance…
Chapter 1. Illustrative Games
Chapter 2. Rare Variations
Chapter 3. Rare Variations – Game Examples
Chapter 4. 6.h3
Chapter 5. 6.h3 – Game Examples
Chapter 6. 6.g3 Variation
Chapter 7. 6.g3 Variation – Game Examples
Chapter 8. 6.f4
Chapter 9. 6.f4 – Games Examples
Chapter 10. Sozin Variation
Chapter 11. Sozin Variation – Game Examples
Chapter 12. 6.Be2
Chapter 13. 6.Be2 – Game Examples
Chapter 14. English attack
Chapter 15. English Attack – Game Examples
Chapter 16. Poisoned Pawn Secondary Lines
Chapter 17. Poisoned Pawn Main Line
Chapter 18. Poisoned Pawn – Game Examples
Chapter 19. Alternative for Poisoned Pawn Variation
Chapter 20. Alternative for Poisoned Pawn Variation – Game Examples I
Chapter 21. Alternative for Poisoned Pawn Variation – Game Examples II
IM Marcin Sieciechowicz (FIDE 2462)
Marcin won many medals in the Polish junior chess championship, from which the most important is the gold medal in the Polish junior chess championship in classical chess won in 2010 (under 18). He made two of his IM norms before reaching 18, and the last in 2010, and became International Master just after his 18th birthday. He has been competing three times in the Junior European chess championship (2004, 2007, 2008) and once in World junior chess championship (2010). He has two GM norms, made in 2010 and 2013, his highest rating was 2462. He is playing French Defense for 20 years and has a couple of wins in this opening with the players rated 2600+.