Foxy 38: Najdorf - Davies (75 mins)

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Foxy 38: Najdorf - Davies (75 mins)
Get on board the Cadillac of Sicilians with GM Nigel Davies without having to learn reams of theory. The best defense to 1.e4 as played by Fischer and Kasparov! 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6Part 1: 6.Bg5Part 2: 6.Bc4Part 3: 6.Be3/6.f3Part 4: 6.f4/6.Bd3Part 5: 6.Be2Part 6: 6.h3/6.g3The Najdorf is a complex, strategically messy system which hardly seems to lend itself to a 75-minute video. Davies had previously done a superb job of presenting a repertoire in the Chigorin Defense (1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6), and recently put out a repertoire with 1.e4 c5 2.d3 versus the Sicilian Defense. The latter seemed to me rather disorganized and unconvincing, which perhaps indicates how important subject matter can be in such cases. With the Najdorf repertoire, Davies made a believer out of me again. He covers every serious White system (6.Bg5, 6.Bc4, 6.Be3, 6.f4, 6.Be3, 6.a4 and 6.g3) in plenty of detail to arm someone for tournament play, and still has time to discuss things like 6.f3, 6.Bd3, and 6.h3. Since I myself played three of Whites moves, I was impressed by his clever choice of responses, which limited the amount of study necessary for Black while retaining a fundamental soundness. Davies presentation is fairly hurried, to be sure; but replaying the tape should suffice to fill in what one misses the first time. I dont have room to expand upon this, but if I wanted to take up the Najdorf for the first time, I could do much worse than to take my first steps with this tape.

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