An unexplored choice for White vs Najdorf – 6.Qf3!?

An unexplored choice for White vs Najdorf – 6.Qf3!?


Najdorf Sicilian is one of the most played (and feared) variations in modern chess practice and aggressive relatively unexplored ideas for White are more than welcome here for a professional and Club player alike! One of the best Serbian GMs Ivan Ivanisevic has an aggressive idea to surprise Black as early as move six! Play 6.Qf3! This relatively unexplored variation certainly contains it’s venom and has been used with success by some top GMs (Short, Vallejo, Polgar…). It can be your weapon vs Najdorf too!


Runtime: 51min.

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1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Qf3!?

6.Qf3 vs Najdorf longer description (6.Qf3! )

The Najdorf Sicilian is not an easy opening for White to deal with, as there is crazy amount of theory and no established way for White to get to an opening advantage. Wouldn’t it be nice to surprise your opponent as early as on move six? Top Serbian GM Ivan Ivanisevic offers his solution (to the problem) in this instructive video. Play 6.Qf3! We have (compared to other Najdorf lines) just a handful of games here and your opponent is (likely) to be ‘on his own’ as early as move six! In the case Black keeps ‘the Najdorf set-up’ and responds with 6…e6, White goes for aggressive g4 ideas getting a good version of Scheveningen Keres Attack. According to Ivan the best way for Black is to switch to Dragon type positions (something not every Najdorf player wants to!) and play 6…g6. Ivan presents many fresh ideas (and a few strong novelties!). Video is White repertoire based. After watching this video and thoroughly studying the PGN (files enclosed) you will be hardly waiting to face the Najdorf!