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The Najdorf in Black and White

162 pages, paperback, Mongoose, 1. edition 2017.

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In many ways, the Najdorf Sicilian is the ideal defense against 1.e4 - aggressive and leading to creative and exciting play, allowing Black to play for a win and yet unquestionably sound. Despite the Najdorf's great popularity and reputation as a theoretical labyrinth, Bryan Smith believes it is possible to play it "by the light of nature," with experience providing a guide. The play is concrete and sharp, but original positions can be obtained fairly early. The twenty-nine annotated games in this book were carefully selected for their instructional value, their theoretical relevance, and - most of all - their esthetic appeal. Designed both for players of the Najdorf and for those facing it, The Najdorf in Black and White is a collection of creative and unique battles that you can use to learn the ins and outs of this opening.

Grandmaster Bryan Smith is the only grandmaster from Alaska. Winner of the National Chess Congress in 2008, 2009, and 2017, the 2010 Philadelphia International, and the 2011 Limpedea Cup, he is the creator of numerous instructional chess videos including the course, "The 4 Pillars of Chess Strength."

Language English
Author Smith, Bryan
Publisher Mongoose
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 330 g
Width 15.3 cm
Height 22.8 cm
Pages 162
ISBN-13 9781936277865
Year of Publication 2017
Binding paperback

005 Introduction: The Cadillac of Openings

007 The Development of the Najdorf Sicilian

014 Chapter 1: Va Banque: 6.Bg5

036 Chapter 2: The Classicist's Preference: 6.Be2

052 Chapter 3: Add Some English: 6.Be3

074 Chapter 4: In Morphy's Style: 6.Bc4

094 Chapter 5: White to Play and Win: 6.h3

110 Chapter 6: Systematic: 6.g3

123 Chapter 7: Healthy Aggression: 6.f4

136 Chapter 8: Action-Reaction: 6.a4

142 Chapter 9: Odds and Ends

158 Index of Complete Games

The Najdorf in Black and White