A Wild Najdorf in the PRO League Quarterfinals by FM Dennis Monokroussos
Black doesn’t allow the English Attack against the Najdorf/Scheveningen Sicilian very often in recent years, and it’s games like this that illustrate why. While it was ostensibly Yaroslav Zherebukh who was better prepared, playing something new on move 16, it was Ray Robson who wound up with the advantage. Robson made a couple of inaccuracies along the way, but his powerful and imaginative attacking play still overwhelmed poor Zherebukh, who may have forgotten that it’s easier to attack in chess than to defend. Defensive technique has gotten much better over the generations, but in a game/15 event like this one simply doesn’t have the time to put out all the fires, and Robson won convincingly. It’s a very fine win for White, especially given the time control!