[February 26, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation – Opočenský Variation; Classical Scheveningen – Maróczy Variation

[Line 484 : 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 without 6… e5]

The Opočenský Variation (6. Be2) against the Najdorf Variation is the preference of positionally-minded players. Black has two significantly different main plans – to play 6… e5 (which is covered in our Lines 488-490), or opt for the Classical Scheveningen with 6… e6, which is partially covered here. Variation with 7. O-O can be found in our Lines 485-487, and the main point of interest of Line 484 is the plan which includes long castling: 7. Be3 followed by Qd2 and O-O-O.

After 7… Qc7 8. Qd2 b5 9. a3 Bb7 10. f3 one of the critical positions in this line occurs. Black has several possibilities, most importantly 10… Be7, 10… Nbd7 and 10… Nc6, which all lead to double-edged positions with mutual chances.

[Diagram: White to Move] White’s attack looks devastating, and indeed it is – he needs to find several accurate moves and it’s curtains for Black!

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