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The Sicilian Najdorf - 6. Be2 - Bobby Fischer vs. Kasparov - Opocensky Variation

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William Stewart Opening King's pawn (e4) Sicilian defence Najdorf variation Unzicker, wolfgang Fischer, bobby 1962 Chess olympiad Featured in "my 60 memorable games" Anand, viswanathan Kasparov, garry 2000 Linares Advanced

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The Opocensky Variation of the Sicilian Najdorf with 6. Be2 remains one of the most commonly played lines for white against the Najdorf. In Fischer's time in the 1950s and 1960s, more aggressive variations such as the Fischer-Sozin Attack, the 6. Bg5 Main Line, and the 6. f4 Amsterdam Variation were favored over the quieter Opocensky Variation with 6. Be2. However sufficient sources of counterplay were identified for black against the sharper continuations, and in the early 1970s Anatoly Karpov began to make his mark with some fantastic long-term positional ideas in the Opocensky Variation revolving around strategic dominance of the critical d5 square. In the 1980s and 1990s, Kasparov demonstrated that black could maintain excellent chances against the Opocensky Variation by achieving rapid activity on the queenside and center. As in many lines of the Sicilian Najdorf, black aims to take the initiative with the thematic ...b5 and ...d5 breaks. The Opocensky Variation is favored by players who enjoy a quieter positional struggle in place of the double-edged fireworks in more complicated lines in the Sicilian Najdorf (6. Bc4, 6. Bg5, etc..). A few of the most popular grandmasters to have employed the Opocensky Variation are Anatoly Karpov, Vasily Smyslov, Wolfgang Unzicker, Paul Keres, Viswanathan Anand, and the current #1 rated player in the world Magnus Carlsen.

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23:24 Bobby Fischer Vs. Garry Kasparov - Sicilian Najdorf Defence - Fischer-Sozin Attack Bobby Fischer Vs. Garry Kasparov - Sicilian Najdorf Defence - Fischer-Sozin Attack William Stewart advanced Opening King's pawn (e4) Sicilian defence Najdorf variation Fischer-sozin attack Byrne, robert Fischer, bobby 1967 Kasparov, garry Advanced 19:00 Kasparov vs Fischer - Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation - English Attack - 6. Be3 w/ 8. f3 Kasparov vs Fischer - Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation - English Attack - 6. Be3 w/ 8. f3 William Stewart advanced Master games Opening King's pawn (e4) Sicilian defence Najdorf variation Polgar, judit Kasparov, garry 2001 Byrne, robert Fischer, bobby 1971 Advanced 22:08 Garry Kasparov vs. Bobby Fischer - Sicilian Najdorf - 6. Bg5 System Garry Kasparov vs. Bobby Fischer - Sicilian Najdorf - 6. Bg5 System William Stewart advanced Opening King's pawn (e4) Sicilian defence Najdorf variation Fischer, bobby 1967 Kasparov, garry 1976 Advanced 17:57 Bobby Fischer vs Kasparov - 6. f4 (Sicilian Najdorf Defence, Amsterdam Variation) Bobby Fischer vs Kasparov - 6. f4 (Sicilian Najdorf Defence, Amsterdam Variation) William Stewart advanced Opening King's pawn (e4) Sicilian defence Najdorf variation Fischer, bobby 1967 Kasparov, garry Advanced 04:13 How Fischer played against his own pet opening How Fischer played against his own pet opening MatoJelic intermediate Master games Sicilian defence Najdorf variation Fischer, bobby Bednarski, jacek Chess olympiad 1966 Featured in "my 60 memorable games" 13:32 Najdorf News #3 - 6.h3: A Magnus Carlsen Game Najdorf News #3 - 6.h3: A Magnus Carlsen Game PowerPlayChess advanced Opening King's pawn (e4) Sicilian defence Najdorf variation Carlsen, magnus Advanced 11:56 Najdorf News #1 - Introduction Najdorf News #1 - Introduction PowerPlayChess advanced Opening King's pawn (e4) Sicilian defence Najdorf variation Advanced 10:40 Amazing Game : Vishy Anand vs Vassily Ivanchuk - Linares 1991 - Sicilian Defence: Najdorf (B90) Amazing Game : Vishy Anand vs Vassily Ivanchuk - Linares 1991 - Sicilian Defence: Najdorf (B90) kingscrusher intermediate Master games Anand, viswanathan Ivanchuk, vassily Sicilian defence Najdorf variation King's pawn (e4) 1991 Linares 09:40 Najdorf News #2 - 6.h3: An unusual Line Najdorf News #2 - 6.h3: An unusual Line PowerPlayChess advanced Opening King's pawn (e4) Sicilian defence Najdorf variation Advanced