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What is the idea behind playing 6.a3 in the Sicilian Najdorf?

The move a3 serves basically two functions: White can develop the bishop to c4, and keep it aimed on d5, even if Black attacks it with b5, or, as Giri did, with Be6. In the lines where Black plays .....
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Why does 6.Bc4 prevent 6...e5 in the Sicilian Najdorf?

e5 is bad against the Fischer-sozin variation, because of 7. Nf5, which puts pressure on the d6 weakness. Now granted, you could play Nf5 whenever black plays e5, whether you're playing Be2 (the ...
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Help with the Sicilian Defence - I need to understand those early pawn moves

Yes, in the Sicilian black often falls behind in development, and that is a problem -- white often gets the chance to mount an attack. But black has some compensation. After ...cxd4 Nxd4 he has two ...
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Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5 line

This line is not very popular because black can challenge the bishop with 7…h6. Now white is forced to exchange his bishop against the knight, either by taking right away 8.Bxf6 or after 8.Be3 Ng4. ...
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Feeling cramped in the Najdorf

Let's forget for a moment that it's a Najdorf. You were cramped because you never gave yourself space. Instead, you spent a lot of time wandering around with your knight and bishop and opening lines ...
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What is the name of this Sicilian Variation?

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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What is the idea behind playing 6.a3 in the Sicilian Najdorf?

Pawn b7 generally wants to threaten knight on c3 at some point so definitely there is one piece that is interested in b4 square. But a3 is not developing move in open position so the deepest idea of ...
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Feeling cramped in the Najdorf

One of the main themes in the Najdorf is: White attacks on the King side and Black attacks on the Queen side. You never started you attack on the Queens side. Here is an example of Kasparov game ...
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"Inventor" of Najdorf Ng4 (Anti-English)

Searched in Mega Database 2019. The very first occurence I found was a game played in January 1970 between players Nemlioglu, Ahmet Fahri - Hausner, Ivan in an event called Niemeyer U21-08 Final B. ...
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Najdorf poisoned pawn with or without 7..h6 8 Bh4

One reason is that it avoids a certain line that you would get after playing 7...Qb6, which is 8.Nb3 If Black plays 7...h6 first, 8.Bh4 Qb6 9.Nb3 is no longer possible because Black can play 9...Qe3+ ...
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Idea behind e-pawn sacrifice in Open Sicilian: Najdorf, Freak Attack (6. Rg1)?

I think that a lot of the answers to your various questions about "why this or that" come down to the fact that it is just very unexplored theory, and the black players are just using their best ...
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Why does Black get away with giving White so many free tempi in the Sicilian?

The main counterpoint to your argument is that all the advantages you list are temporary, practice has shown that it is difficult for White to exploit them, and White has made important long-term ...
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Is the 6.h4 Najdorf that bad?

I play the Najdorf with Black and would say that on move six White has tried almost everything: almost every legal move is a move and so are attempts like 6.h4, 6.a4 or the like. That said, there are ...
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Feeling cramped in the Najdorf

My first thought is that "10...Ne8: I was trying to launch a Kingside attack myself, and get my knight to a better square eventually," is the key mistake. White has just castled Queenside and is very ...
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Feeling cramped in the Najdorf

My observations. 12. ...Bxh4. The flood gate of h file is opened in opposite side castling. Knight on b8 is not activated. Unclear plan of ...Ne8 ...e5 looks weak as Bishop on c4 becomes very active. ....
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Najdorf threefold repition

does it mean that Be3 is the best 6th move in the Najdorf for white and does it mean that normal play with 6... e5 is very dangerous for black? "No" is the answer to the first question and "Not ...
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Tips for the Najdorf Sicilian?

Two or three games is very little to say much. You will not even have encountered all of the main lines after ....a6. Generally the Najdorf Sicilian is rather tactical and opening mistakes can quickly ...
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What is wrong with taking the e4 pawn in the Najdorf Sicilian after 6.Bc4?

This is not a gaping hole in opening theory. Looking through my reference database, White has an excellent score after 10.Re1. Black needs to reply with 10...d5 not to be clearly worse, because of the ...
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Why does Black get away with giving White so many free tempi in the Sicilian?

Here's a quote from GM Yasser Seirawan's book, Winning Chess Brilliancies, on the related position after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be2 a6. This extraordinary move is ...
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Why does Black get away with giving White so many free tempi in the Sicilian?

Chess is hyperconcrete. Black walks in the black sunshine (I probably might even play b5, +0.8) and if he keeps on this way, knights will fly around Blacks ears at b5, d5, f5 or e6. Black won't get ...
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Why does Black get away with giving White so many free tempi in the Sicilian?

I am not nearly a strong enough player to make any authoratative assessment on the position you provided, and for what it's worth, I agree with your evaluation completely. To me that position looks so ...
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Why not Ng4 in Sicilian after Nf3?

6...Ng4 doesn't look good at all. Tactical flaw: Black is behind in development, so White should aim for direct play with 7.Bg5 and then: 7...f6 8.Bc1 [8.Bh4] Be6 9.h3 Nh6 10.Bxh6 gh6 11.Nh4 [11.Be2] ...
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Knowing when to play Nc6 vs Nbd7 in the Najdorf Sicilian as black?

Well it all "depends" on the position, but in the given example, Nc6 is a better option as it has a possible outpost on d4 or b4 and with the rook on c8 it will also be doubly defended. It ...
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Help with the Sicilian Defence - I need to understand those early pawn moves

First, in chess, being behind in development is not always the end of the world. It certainly can be if your king gets stuck in the center of the board, and comes under attack; but there are many ...
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Feeling cramped in the Najdorf

I am by no means an expert on the Najdorf (my experience is entirely on the white side, and some time ago), but it looks like you lacked the urgency and dynamism that such a double-edged line requires,...
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Is the Poisoned Pawn variation of the Najdorf (7... Qb6) considered some sort of refutation of 6.Bg5?

The problem with Bg5 is mainly that black will usually be better prepared than white in the messy poisoned pawn. He either doesn't play it or he knows it. On the other hand imagine Be3. There black is ...
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Exchange sacrifice to dominate black squares in Najdorf

I found it! It was Lazaro Bruzon vs Vassily Ivanchuk, 11/2005. Here's the link to the game (totally recommended!): http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1366555 Thank you for the help!
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Najdorf poisoned pawn with or without 7..h6 8 Bh4

According to the Game Database of ChessTempo, 7....Qb6 is actually more popular than 7....h6. At the very top level, both moves have their supporters, e.g. Anand and Grischuk for 7....Qb6 and Vachier-...
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Why does 6.Bc4 prevent 6...e5 in the Sicilian Najdorf?

Black can play 6...e5, it's just not very good. After 7.Nf5 White has a comfortable position with an edge in development and mobility. For example, how is Black going to develop the f8-Bishop? 7......
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