Others have tried to follow suit, but none with the same success. It was with this knowledge that Ari Ziegler and Jacob Aagaard discussed the idea of a repertoire book against the Sicilian in , while developing the idea of a new chess publishing company. The discussions leading to this book ended with the idea of contacting strong players who had specialist knowledge in the lines in question. It was our conviction that this would give the reader the best possible insight into the finer points of a particular line. As experienced players and opening book writers we know that important finesses are missed if you do not: 1.

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I was surprised but I knew which line he meant. GM Boris Gelfand has played many famous games with the Najdorf Defence and his usual set-up against The move 1 Nb6 became popular after he used it against GM Shabalov. We will look at this game now. Game 8 Shabalov - Gelfand Bermuda 1. Nf3 Y!! Nb6 On Any retreat, such as lLld4-b3, gives Black an easy life. This jump from the knight causes Black a lot of trouble. This line needs to be analysed before any conclusions can be drawn.

Nc5 I think the black king is misplaced. Thomas wrote: " Here Shabalov goes wrong. White wins the queen, but in return Black gets three minor pieces and lots of good squares. Another line has developed rapidly after first being suggested in this chapter: 1 5. In the corning endgame he plays c2-c4 and places his king on c3.

In practice two other moves have been tried: ! Georgiev, Saint Affrique Maybe the perpetual is the correct choice.

It does not seem that the optimism from the first edition was justified. Black is ok in practice so far. Wfh5 This might be the mistake that gets White into trouble. But this seems to be more of an emotional evaluation. Here a bit of extra analysis by one editor, Jacob Aagaard, suggests that there is still something to play for: Wfxb5 i.

Better was Wfc3 I have the impression that White should not have lost this position. On the other hand he certainly has no advantage either. YlYb2 igS The sacrifice on bS is a well-known idea in the Najdorf. Instead of developing the bishop from f1 White immediately sacs it for two pawns.

The lead in development and the possible capture of a third pawn usually the one on d6 makes it possible. I think there is plenty of scope for improvements in this line. However even the typical endings in this line queenside passed pawns for White vs.

I can only give the reader a brief summary of this line. I recommend further study before trying it in a tournament game. Game 9 Timman Gelfand Wijk aan Zee - l. YlYa YlYc7 9. Unfortunately, nowadays most of these purely tactical lines have been analysed till the end. This line is a forced draw, where neither side can avoid it. E:xdS ltJcS 1 7. E:xdS 2S. E:xdSt ixdS E:he l eS For example I s. E:xa2 I S. E:hfl White has some play here, but I recommend that the reader checks this position with his computer before testing it over the board.

E:xd4 vtixd4 Experts vs. For a long time this was considered to be a good alternative to the main line, but recent computer analysis showed that White gets a decisive advantage. We2 dxe5 1 4. Wc4 i. Elxd7 tLl xd7 1 7. Eldl hg5 1 8. Eld7 Elxd i tLlxc8 Eld8t cj;lg7 White is winning. Half a year later Gelfand played 1 8.

Wc3 1 9. A forced move again, as is the whole line actually! Elxb5 2 1. This surprising capture saves the day for Black. Wxb2 tLl d5 Another forced blow continues the series. Wxb2t This check secures Black the draw. Elxb5 Wb4t Eld6 Now White should have played Elxd6 It is not easy to assess this position, but the passers on the queenside should give White better chances. I recommend that the reader study this kind of ending before testing it over the board.

Wb3 tLl d2t 2 1. Elxd2 Elxd2 Winning a tempo. Eldl t! Elfl After stopping e6-e5 for some time, White shall advance his queenside pawns. Elfl cj;lg8 2 1. The mating threat after tLlxf7 forces Black to make a serious concession. Elxa2 Wxa2 Wxc7 Elf7t Wxf7 Wa7t tLld7 Elxb5 1 4. Rather funny, the bishop sacs itself.

Wa3t cj;le8 2 1. Elxd6 Elg8 Elhdl This position requires further investigation, but I think White has the better play here. Wc6 and, thanks to the threats of tLlxf7 and tLlxc8 followed by tLl d5t, White wins material. A horrible blunder by Gelfand, but even after other moves White keeps an advantage.

Once the queens are exchanged White can safely advance his queenside pawns. GM Kotronias played a great novelty after which Black faces a very difficult defence. In many variations White has long lasting compensation due to the unfortunately placed black pieces. This game is a nice example to study when White is ready to sacrifice his c3 knight on d5. It is very important that the bishop on f8 remains weak and does not enter the game.

Now there are two main lines: a S But even if he manages to place one of his knights there it is not clear if he has achieved much.


Experts vs the Sicilian



Experts vs. the Sicilian



Experts vs. the Sicilian


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