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Play the Najdorf: Scheveningen Style--A Complete Repertoire for Black in this Most Dynamic of Openings Paperback – October 1, 2003
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The soundness of the Najdorf has never been seriously doubted, but some players can be put off by the ever-spiraling amount of theory amassed on this great opening. In Play the Najdorf: Scheveningen Style, however, Grandmaster and openings expert John Emms condenses this mountain to produce a workable black repertoire against all of White¿s possible options. Emms concentrates on lines where Black adopts a very early ..e7-e6, thus establishing the well-known Scheveningen pawn structure.
Play the Najdorf explains an opening championed by Garry Kasparov; is written by a renowned openings theoretician; covers all of White¿s main replies.
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For example, Emms tells the reader upfront that he plays 6.Bc4 as White, and his high opinion of this variation definitely shows. In the first chapter, he spends almost a full page detailing why 6.Bc4 is such an effective system, while 6.Be3 (considered the modern main line) only earned one paragraph. That section ended up convincing me that a Scheveningen set-up against 6.Bc4 is worth avoiding, so now I transpose into the Classical Sicilian with 7...Nc6 for plans based around Na5. Similarly, against most other lines, you can choose to stick with the Najdorf proper by playing 6...e5 instead of 6...e6 (effectively "Playing the Najdorf: Najdorf style"). It's really a matter of personal preference, and the flexible 5...a6 move order makes it possible.
The coverage of the 6.Be3 and 6.Be2 lines is very good. For me, this represents the core of my repertoire against the Open Sicilian. Much of it overlaps with D'Costa's book "The Sicilian Scheveningen: move-by-move." The two books complement each other well, because D'Costa uses a "full games" format that's helpful for seeing how typical Scheveningen positions unfold. The "variation tree" format of Emms's book is good for learning precise move orders, but not as helpful for getting a sense of the flow of the game.Read more ›
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This book is perhaps one of the worst I have ever had the displeasure of purchasing, the author simply chose variations that are sidelines and haphazardly composed a flimsy... Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Chess Rheoretician
Since Kasparov, in our times aggressive players prefer to play Sicilian in Najdorf-Schveningen way. The reason is that this defence allows Black not only to equalise the game, and... Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Erol Koc