Apr 17, 2010

Sicilian 101: Dodging the Najdorf Mainlines

Black steers clear of the mainlines by playing 6...Nbd7 instead of 6...e6.  The resulting positions require care by Black, as he's cramped and under-developed.  While there are likely better ways to duck theory, Black accomplishes his goal, if that was it, as the game enters virgin territory as early as move 8 in one of the most heavily analyzed of variations. 

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