Busting a Najdorf Sideline by FM Dennis Monokroussos
While many openings are forgiving when it comes to inaccuracies, the 6.Bg5 Najdorf is not one of them. Black’s opening experiment with 6…b5 may seem logical, as it’s a move Black often makes in the Najdorf. It prepares …Bb7, semi-threatens …b4, and stops Bc4 – all good points. And yet, two moves later Black was in trouble, three moves later he was losing or nearly losing, and after four moves resignation wouldn’t have been out of the question. Discovering why 6…b5 was such an unforgiving mistake is instructive, and can help those who play either side of the Najdorf or the Classical Sicilian to understand those lines better.