Sicilian Najdorf


Sicilian Najdorf

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Hannes Rada    (2009-11-05)
Sicilian Najdorf

Candidates Final 04
Riccio - Brunner: 8x Najdorf

Quarter Final 2 06
Noble - Gueci 8x Najdorf

Although the games are really interesting
Guys, isn't it a little bit boring playing 8 times the same opening ?
Maybe I am hypercritical today :-) but are chess openings reduced to Najdorf only ? Is this the only valid opening for cc nowadays ?
Any comments on this development in cc ?
Any comments ?

Iouri Basiliev    (2009-11-06 10:59:55)
Sicilian Najdorf

Najdorf forever! :)

Sebastian Boehme    (2009-11-06 23:00:55)
Interesting topic

Hello Hannes and the others, in very official and important games I still highly rely on the Najdorf. But I also test openings like : French, Russian Petroff, Modern Defense with e4 g6 or for what it's worth e4 e5 followed by Ruy Lopez

But the tendency for many is to go with fashion. And fashion currently still is Najdorf.
So who to blame? Anyone's own choice what they want to play, I would guess.

Kind regards, Sebastian

Nick Burrows    (2009-11-06 23:29:52)

Maybe it's equally boring to play 1.e4 in all 8 games??

Thibault de Vassal    (2009-11-07 02:28:21)
Najdorf vs. Petroff

When I have no time enough - that is quite often - I also tend to play Najdorf in all my games (white & black), as IMO it looks like more a perfect geometric shape (kind of spiral) that looks quite "simple" & that chess engines & humans 'generally' play quite well/logically. Also it gives more chances with both colors, particularly against a weaker opponent, as most pieces stay on the board while avoiding symetrical positions.

Finally the Sicilian Najdorf looks quite reassuring, that defines most often the human choice... I used to play many other openings more often, some are much more interesting in some ways with more psychological, strategic & tactical issues, but I must recognize that the more I play against or with engines, the more I play like them, particularly when I feel a general "zeitnot".