What is the name of this variation:

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1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 is the Najdorf variation. I don't know if 6.Bg5 Nbd7 has a name of its own. Commented Sep 3, 2017 at 17:21

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It's an old main line of Sicilian Najdorf, and according to Wikipedia, it's the De Verbeterde List, or Improved Strategem, due to recent efforts by Dutch players to revive it.

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    In a few years, it may well become known as "the Vachier-Lagrave-variation", due to MVL use of this line at the highest level and his contribution to its theory.
    – Evargalo
    Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 7:21
  • @OlivierPucher I believe 6 ... e6 is more popular nowadays among the best players including MVL. Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 8:42
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    @user1583209 They probably transpose almost all the time
    – David
    Commented Aug 6, 2020 at 6:20

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