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Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 g3

Number of games in database: 1367
Years covered: 1927 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 34.5%
   Black wins 29.2%
   Draws 36.3%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Ratmir Kholmov  46 games
Alexander Ivanov  24 games
Petar Popovic  20 games
Lubomir Ftacnik  11 games
Nick DeFirmian  8 games
Boris Gelfand  8 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kieninger vs Mross, 1941
Panov vs N Sorokin, 1953
Fine vs Najdorf, 1948
Matulovic vs Fischer, 1968
Adams vs Topalov, 2005
I Garais vs Fischer, 1957
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 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,367  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Loman vs J van den Bosch 0-1331927MatchB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
2. Bogoljubov vs E Canal ½-½431929KarlsbadB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
3. G Wheatcroft vs G A Thomas 0-1371939MargateB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
4. Kieninger vs Mross 1-0141941MunichB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
5. Panov vs Kotov ½-½901946Moscow ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
6. Yanofsky vs C Kottnauer 0-1611946GroningenB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
7. I A Horowitz vs Denker 1-0401948New YorkB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
8. Tartakower vs O Troianescu 0-1791948Karlovy Vary / Marianske LazneB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
9. S Rubinow vs A Suraci  1-0251948USA-chB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
10. Kieninger vs Niephaus 1-0191948Essen West German chB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
11. J Enevoldsen vs Tartakower  1-0491948MatchB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
12. Fine vs Najdorf 1-0441948New York InvitationalB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
13. V A Vasiliev vs T Lubensky  ½-½491949URS-ch sfB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
14. J Enevoldsen vs E Walther  1-0281949OldenburgB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
15. Kieninger vs H Heinicke  1-0361949OldenburgB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
16. Szily vs C Kottnauer  0-1491949Reti MemorialB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
17. Foltys vs Ujtelky  ½-½631949Reti MemorialB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
18. J Balogh vs Opocensky  0-1421949BucharestB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
19. P Popov vs Ujtelky  0-1531950CSR-BULB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
20. V Borisenko-Belova vs C Chaude de Silans  1-0641950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
21. J Balogh vs Edmund Adam  1-03319501st World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
22. Reshevsky vs Najdorf ½-½261950Dubrovnik olmB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
23. Unzicker vs Najdorf  ½-½201950Dubrovnik olmB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
24. K Skold vs Reshevsky 0-1331950Dubrovnik olmB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
25. L Schmid vs K S Ojanen  ½-½261950Dubrovnik olmB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-05-05  Backward Development: This line actually has quite a bit of poison. Black has to play accurately to hold the balance, and an unprepared player will typically go down shortly. This is an ideal line for blitz, as white's maneuvers are very similar for most lines, whilst black's are more complex. Here's how Moreno Carnero put it: <" general, theoreticians have not investigated this line deeply enough, probably because they consider it a minor line, and as result underestimate its real value. Many Najdorf specialists have experienced some problems due to this, mainly because they did not really know the dangers hidden in this scheme. This variation is not only strategically complex, but also a bit of transpositional chaos because many lines can be reached through different move orders.">
Jul-16-05  ArturoRivera: g3 sounds kind of gay against a Najdorf hahahaa
Jul-16-05  hintza: Gay? :S
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  tpstar: He means "happy" of course.

There's a stock trap here = 6. g3 Nc6 7. Bg2 e6 8. 0-0 Be7?! 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. e5 Nd5 11. exd6 Bxd6 12. Ne4 and Black's Queenside Pawns are ruined. I pulled this all the time back when I played the Chameleon Sicilian (2. Nc3 & 3. Nge2).

Jul-16-05  aw1988: Chameleon Sicilian!?
Jul-16-05  hintza: I've never heard it called that before but I like the 2.Nc3 lines quite a bit.
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  tpstar: Many Americans are raised on the Soltis of Swing, who named it back in the 80s because White can play either Open or Closed depending on Black's set-up. But if Black chooses ... Bg7, there's usually no annoying Nd4 around. Let's just say it gives White a very playable game against the Sicilian.

T Palmer vs N M Abbasi, 1988

Jul-29-05  ArturoRivera: what can i do against this ugly move in the Najdorf: 1.-e4 c5 2.-Nf3 Nc6 3.-Nc3 d6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 e5??
Jul-29-05  sitzkrieg: With Nc6 its no Najdorf it is after e5 more like the Kalashnikov or something. As i am not sure if that is the English name u d also check Pelikan or Boleslavski variations.

Najdorf is when black plays d6 and a6

Jul-29-05  sitzkrieg: Well thinking it over i don't know how to call this variant for sure, but it is no Najdorf.

U will have to use the "hole" on d5 as in most of those openings but i see no clear refutation..

Jul-29-05  ArturoRivera: Sorry, against the sicilian anywhay, how to fight it?
Jul-29-05  sitzkrieg: A good was is to start with c4, d4 or a move with a Knight.

Seriously i think you should play it like you play against the Shesnikov and other variations. I don't know if you know them but just put your knight on b3 or maybe f3 and then try to take control of d5 preventing d6-d5. Ideally place a knight there or when a pawn gets there use ur queenside majority in pawns. Black will probably strive for f5 so i guess u have to neutralize that or better hurry.

Then again u probably already knew all that:P

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