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Sicilian, Najdorf (B94)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Bg5

Number of games in database: 1756
Years covered: 1939 to 2022
Overall record:
   White wins 35.2%
   Black wins 38.8%
   Draws 26.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Mikhail Tal  11 games
Alexander Motylev  10 games
Klementy Sychev  9 games
Anton Korobov  25 games
Pouya Idani  16 games
Alexey Sarana  14 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969
Tal vs Polugaevsky, 1959
M Stean vs Browne, 1974
A Nikitin vs Tal, 1959
R Nezhmetdinov vs Petrosian, 1954
Naiditsch vs A Korobov, 2010
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 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,756  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Schmidt vs R Arlauskas  ½-½3219393rd SELL Baltic Student OlympiadB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Konstantinopolsky vs E Gerstenfeld  1-0441940Lvov corrB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Foltys vs Opocensky  1-0431949Schlechter MemorialB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. D Ackerman vs R Pohle  1-035194950th US OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. N Bergqvist vs Pilnik 0-1421950Dubrovnik OlympiadB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. L Bauza vs Rossetto  0-1481951Mar del Plata ZonalB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. V Lyublinsky vs Kotov  0-1401952Moscow-chB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Tal vs A Darznieks 1-0301953Riga chB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Krogius vs G Borisenko 1-02019533rd Soviet Team-ch finalB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. J Klavins vs Y Kots  1-02819533rd Soviet Team-ch finalB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Shamkovich vs E Kuzminykh  1-0501954URS-ch sfB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. L Schmid vs E Adam  1-0171954Dyckhoff mem-A corr5456B94 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. A Bannik vs S G Lebedev  1-0501954Yerevan URS-ch sfB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. V Byvshev vs Tolush 0-1361954Leningrad ch-cityB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. A I Konstantinov vs V Zurakhov  0-1341954RSFSR ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. R Nezhmetdinov vs Petrosian 0-1441954USSR ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. V Byvshev vs Furman  1-0421954USSR ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. R Nezhmetdinov vs Shamkovich 1-0341954RSFSR ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. E Pedersen vs Sajtar  ½-½231954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. S Burstein vs H Lehmann  1-0511954Munich ZonalB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. R G Wade vs Lokvenc  ½-½581954Munich ZonalB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. J Kracmar vs F Pithart  0-1391954CSR-ch sfB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. J Louma vs A Zaruba  0-1111954CSR-ch sfB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. J Louma vs F Pithart  0-1471954CSR-ch sfB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. E Rosenblatt vs F Pithart 0-1381954CSR-ch sfB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-03-04  Backward Development: no notable games for such a theoretical line as this?? i would recommend spassky-fischer, a good polugaevsky line, and of course a kasparov win.
Dec-04-04  Backward Development:
Never mind, i just explored some more and came to the conclusion that this code is for lines in which black avoids the main lines... sorry for the 'slander'.
Premium Chessgames Member Right, most of the notables are found here Sicilian, Najdorf (B96). In any case, we have no control over what is "notable", it's determined simply by the number of appearances in game collections.
Dec-04-04  Backward Development: gotcha. wow, do you guys have a 'rapid response team'? i just wrote my last post about...a minute and a half ago! pretty impressive...
Oct-01-06  hicetnunc: Does anybody know a refutation of 6.Bg5 e5?!
Dec-06-06  notyetagm: From GM Danny King's Najdorf update at

<Game 6, Mueller-Kasimdzhanov features a system that is growing in popularity:

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I know that Tony has discussed this before, but I'm bringing you up-to-date with the latest games and giving my own views. I find this system attractive, not least because of an important practical consideration: it comes fairly soon in the game so there is less chance of White deviating and avoiding it. Moreover, in securing the e5 square for the knight, the idea has a sound positional basis.>

[Event "Mainz Ordix open"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2006.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Müller, Matthias"]
[Black "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2401"]
[BlackElo "2672"]
[NIC "SI 6.2"]
[ECO "B94"]
[PlyCount "60"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. f4 e6 8. Qf3 h6 9. Bh4 e5 10. Nf5 exf4 11. O-O-O g5 12. Bf2 Ne5 13. Qe2 Bxf5 14. exf5 Bg7 15. h4 Qe7 16. hxg5 hxg5 17. Rxh8+ Bxh8 18. Qd2 O-O-O 19. Bb6 Re8 20. Qxd6 Qxd6 21. Rxd6 Ned7 22. Bg1 Ng4 23. Rd1 Bxc3 24. bxc3 Ne3 25. Bxe3 Rxe3 26. Kd2 Nc5 27. Bc4 f6 28. Rh1 Re5 29. Rh7 Rxf5 30. Rf7 f3 0-1

Apr-17-08  sentriclecub: Can someone explain further the pros/cons beyond what this amateur sees.

<> of 6...e6
P-is the most popular reply
P-adds better coverage to the center
P-very flexible
C-pins the knight
C-black has 1 piece developed to white's 3
C-Qa5 can lead to doubled f-pawns after Bxf6

<> 6...Nbd7
P-develops a piece
P-knight can attack e5 twice when white plays f4
P-Qa5 works good to scare white and unbook him
C-blocks in the light square bishop
C-slower to castle by one tempo

Apr-17-08  KingG: <sentriclecub> Counting against 6...Nbd7 is also the fact that it might be a bit premature to commit the knight to d7. That is not only because you might want to put it on c6, but also because you weaken the e6 square by blocking in the bishop. This could leave you vulnerable to sacrifices on e6, since 7.Bc4 is the most popular reply to 6...Nbd7. By the way, this may also be the reason that 6...e6 is more popular: White finds it more difficult to place both his bishops on their ideal attacking squares c4 and g5. Of course, there is nothing preventing 6...e6 7.Bc4, but Black then finds it easier to equalise then after 6...Nbd7 7.Bc4.

In any case, I don't think generalities help that much in these positions. 6...e6 is more popular simply because analysis and practice indicates that it's a better move. Even Petrosian played 6...Nbd7, so I don't think there is anything obviously wrong about it. However, I must say that in sharp positions I like to have the option of castling as quickly as possible, even if I don't end up using it.

Apr-18-08  sentriclecub: Thanks KingG, what a fast reply. I think I'll go with 6...e6 next time I face Bg5 on

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