Understand the Najdorf - Positional Systems
This product includes all the videos from the workshop as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of 9 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 138 files!
You will find the following lectures:
✅ Typical Strategies in the Positional Lines - Part 1
✅ Typical Strategies in the Positional Lines - Part 2
✅ Practical Solution to 6.Be2
✅ Repertoire against 6.g3
✅ Meet the Rare Lines - Part 1
✅ Meet the Rare Lines - Part 2
Now, we shall take a look at the different lectures.
Typical Strategies in the Positional Lines - Parts 1 and 2
The first two lectures are dedicated to the typical strategies every Najdorf player should know. By learning the most important positional and tactical ideas, you will be able to handle the vast majority of the opening positions, even without knowing the concrete theory. Let's take a look at one of the most important Najdorf tabiyas - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3
On the board, we can see the most characteristic structure in the Najdorf. There are two important positional elements at this point - the weakness of the d5-square and the semi-open c-file. The first strategic lecture mostly deals with positions in which White plays Nd5 and recaptures with a pawn after an eventual exchange. Such a scenario can happen with or without the advance f2-f4. Besides the other examined aspects, the second lecture mainly features the consequences of the advance f2-f4. Also, you will learn how to exactly develop the queenside counterplay in such structures. By studying these two lectures, you will get familiar with all the important strategic and tactical patterns in the positional systems of the Najdorf.
Below, you shall see one of the examples:
Practical Solution to 6.Be2
This is the first theoretical lecture in the camp. The main position arises after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 (7.Nf3 is dealt with as well) 7...Be7.
Black's plan is simple: He wants to castle quickly, develop by means of Be6 followed by Nbd7, and start his typical queenside play. Usually, the game is positional in those lines, with many maneuvres for both sides. White has two typical plans: 1. Playing f2-f4 2. Jumping Nd5 followed by exd5 and starts advancing his queenside majority. I analyze many games here, and I believe that after studying them carefully, you should feel comfortable in these positions.
Below, you can take a look at one of the model games:
Repertoire against 6.g3
The Fianchetto Variation is one of the most solid answers to the Najdorf. The starting position of this lecture arises after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3 e5
White has three moves in this position - 7.Nf3, 7.Nb3, and 7.Nde2. Against all these moves, Papaioannou suggests setups that are entirely based on plans and ideas. Memorization of concrete theory is not that important in this line.
The following model game is quite typical for the variation.
Meet the Rare Lines - Parts 1 and 2
Let's get back to the initial position of the Najdorf.
In the Najdorf, White has many options on move 6. The possible moves are so many that Papaioannou divides them into two lectures. Against all of them, he suggests playing with the e7-e5.
The first lecture covers the moves 6.a3, 6.h4, 6.f4, 6.a4, and 6.Rg1 while the second lecture is dedicated to 6.Qf3, 6.Nb3, and 6.Bd3.