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Woorema vs Sacharjan
Minsk (1964)
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0



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Aug-20-04  misguidedaggression: 10...Kg8 11.Qg6+ Bg7 12.Ne6! and black loses the queen to avoid mate. (notice that 12.Qxg7? Kxg7 13.Ne6+ is winning for black because the rook can recapture on d8 as long as black doesn't play 13...Kf8/g8?)
Mar-05-05  ArturoRivera: whats wrong with recapturing with the knight in move 8??
Mar-05-05  DanielBryant: I suspect nothing.
Mar-05-05  your brilliance: <misguided> I think that if 10..Kg8, 11. Ne6 followed by 12. Qg6+ is even more lethal. In any case, Blacks best move is certainly 10.. resigns.
Mar-06-05  ArturoRivera: there must be a reason, you dont perturb your castle and your pawn structure if you can recapture with a knight!
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  Wilson: ArturoRivera: there must be a reason, you dont perturb your castle and your pawn structure if you can recapture with a knight! I am not an expert on the Najdorf, but I think blacks thinking was on the lines of:

Black thought that white was going to shift his queen and castle 0-0-0 allowing a potentially strong attack on the kingside. He therefore thought his king would be safer in the centre than the kingside castled position, a not uncommon motif in Naydorf, and later in the game may even have chosen to castle queenside himself which I think I have heard is often safer than it looks.

The key advantage is the ability to give the other knight an outpost on e5 which is the reason that taking with the knight would lose two unaffordable tempi.

He would put his bishop on g7 to take control of the long diagonal and have a future attack on the white castled queenside position. Unfortunately for black, this line needs the pawn on e6 as demonstrated.

I think the correct lines are 7 ... e6, Qb6 or Qc7.

Mar-18-06  McCool: The ol' "let's trap the king with the knight" defense.
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