Something New and Crazy in the Najdorf by FM Dennis Monokroussos
It wasn’t that long ago that White’s 6th move options against the Najdorf could fit on one hand: 6.Bg5, 6.Bc4, and 6.Be2, with an occasional 6.h3 or 6.f4. Then the Byrne Attack came on the scene (6.Be3/6.f3), sucking almost all the air out of theory for other moves. But in the last few years, the choices have proliferated: 6.g3, 6.Rg1, 6.a4, 6.Nb3, 6.Qf3, 6.Bd3, 6.a3, and now…6.h4. It’s almost brand new territory, and in today’s game it was clear that the players were feeling their way, somewhat unsure of what to do. So here’s your chance to get on the cutting edge, and shock your local Najdorf player with a crazy new option.