[August 09, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation with 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 (incl. Browne Variation)

[Line 482 : 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 with 7… Nbd7, 7… Be7]

Two very demanding and dynamic variations, 7… Nbd7 and 7… Be7, are covered in this opening line. These variations are interconnected, often transposing to the same positions, because both Nbd7 and Be7 are part of the Black’s plan.

Against 7… Nbd7 most popular choices of the players of White are 8. Qf3 and 8. Qe2.

After 8. Qf3 Qc7 9. O-O-O b5 White has numerous options, among them 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. Rhe1 Qb6, 10. e5 Bb7 11. Qh3 dxe5 12. Nxe6 fxe6 13. Qxe6+ Be7 and 10. Bxb5 axb5 11. Ndxb5 Qb8 require mutual precise play.

Another common continuation is 8. Qe2 Qc7 9. O-O-O b5 9. a3 Bb7 10. g4 Be7, where players of White have tried 11. Bh4 (with idea g4-g5), 11. f5 e5 12. Bxf6 Nxf6 13. Nb3 and 11. Bg2.

[Diagram: White to Move] H. Muller – E. Ramini, corr. 2013. How can White gain a big advantage making use of the fact that Black has an uncastled king?

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