The Sicilian Najdorf is a chess opening that starts with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 (diagram).
It is 5..a6 that distinguishes this opening as the Sicilian Najdorf – 5..g6, for example, would be the Sicilian Dragon.
This is part 4 of an ongoing series from IM Robert Ris, in which he explores how to face this popular opening from White’s perspective.
IM Ris recommends playing 6.Bg5, and in this video he looks at play when Black immediately responds with 6…Nbd7.
The benefit of this move for Black is that it defends the knight on f6 so that White doesn’t damage the pawn structure if they capture.
Black also wants to stay flexible with the e7 pawn – he can decide whether to leave it where it is, or play ..e6, or ..e5. Watch the video to see IM Ris’ plans and recommendations for White in this position.