[February 13, 2019] Updated Opening Line by Aleksandar Kovačević:
Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation – Opocensky Variation with 6… e5

[Line 488 : 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5]

As a response to 6… e5 in the Opocensky Variation of the Najdorf Sicilian, White most often retreats the Knight to b3 – 7. Nb3.

After 7… Be7, White has a couple of interesting options: 8. Bg5, 8. Be3, 8. Qd3, while the most popular choice is 8. O-O. Variation 8. O-O O-O is covered in depth in our Lines 489-490, while 8… Be6 is an alternative of about the same strength. Position arising after 8. O-O Be6 9. f4 Qc7 10. a4 Nbd7 11. Kh1 O-O is complex, with roughly equal chances for both sides.

[Diagram: White to Move] D. Dubov – A. Grischuk, Moscow (blitz) 2014. Black needs only a tempo to consolidate and defend his weak dark squares, while keeping the bishop pair. How should White continue to gain a substantial edge?

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