This DVD looks at the most important and most frequent tactical themes and sacrifices in the Sicilian Najdorf. Grandmaster Niclas Huschenbeth shows us the typical tactical ideas for both White and Black along with the criteria that need to be met for a particular sacrifice to work in this opening in several demonstrative games. Then it’s your turn to see if you have internalized the themes in a host of interactive tests – but watch out - because the ideas don’t always work, and you will soon learn to recognize typical snares and pitfalls. Working through the material develops both your eye for tactics as well as your calculation of variations. The aim of this DVD is to demonstrate the typical tactical themes of the Sicilian Najdorf and to improve your understanding of them, as well as to practice them with the interactive examples. This way, the demonstrated themes quickly become second nature and viewers gain a much improved feel for tactics in the Najdorf.
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access for program activation.
It is astonishing that today’s most important system in the Sicilian starts with the unlikely move 5...a6. The move by the rook’s pawn does nothing for the development of the pieces, so why then does Black play it? Well, it is almost also useful to prevent White’s minor pieces from getting on the b5-square, and in addition it prepares a counter-attack on the queenside with …b7-b5. In certain circumstances there is the threat of ...b4 driving away the Nc3, which puts the e4-pawn under pressure e4. Seen like this, 5...a6 is a preparation for the attack on the white centre! The great rise of the Najdorf Variation – named after the Polish-Argentinian grandmaster Miguel Najdorf (1910–1997) – began in the 1950s. World champions Petrosian, Tal and Fischer played this opening, and Kasparov too was feared because of his precise treatment of the sharp Najdorf lines.=> More products: Najdorf Variation
Niclas' method applied in this training DVD consists of choosing a model game upon which he builds up a number of examples and exercises. And here we come to the main point you need to be aware of when deciding to include this excellent DVD into your training manuals: it is an interactive tool and demands largely your own involvement.
• Video running time: 6 hours (English)
• Interactive training including video feedback
• Exclusive database with selected 50 games
• Including CB 12 – Reader