[Event "Titled Tuesday intern op 26th May"] [Site "Chess.com INT"] [Date "2020.05.26"] [Round "8"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Abdusattorov, Nodirbek"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B95"] [WhiteElo "2784"] [BlackElo "2627"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] {The Sicilian Najdorf is the most popular of all the Sicilian variations. This type of opening is positionally sound, very combative and has a high success rate. Super GM Ian Nepomniachtchi does not fear this opening but will show us how to demolish it by using the 7. Qf3 line.} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 {The Sicilian Najdorf} 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qf3 {The Assignment: 1. This allows the white king to castle quickly at queenside. 2. If you notice the queen at d8 would be forced to move away from the d-file going to c7, due to that will delay black's kingside castling. 2. The Queen at f3 is also aligned with h1 to a8 diagonal and can also side step at g3 to pressure the g7 pawn and d6 pawn later.} Nbd7 8. O-O-O Qc7 {This is necessary.} 9. a3 Be7 10. Qg3 {This side-step has a bad motive, watch out how white starts to pressure black.} b5 11. Bxb5 {Yes, This is it.} axb5 12. Ndxb5 {The d6 pawn would be the next to fall, meaning, 1 piece in exchange to 3 pawns is logical.} Qb8 13. Nxd6+ Bxd6 14. Qxd6 Qxd6 15. Rxd6 {NOW: KINDLY ANALYZE THE POSITION: IF YOU PLAY WHITE, CREATE PLANS, FIND THE BEST WAY TO WIN.} h6 16. Bf4 g5 17. Bg3 Nh5 {Since white is a piece down, exchanging the bishop at g3 would be reasonable.} 18. Rhd1 Nxg3 19. hxg3 Ke7 20. a4 {THIS IS THE IDEA: The queenside pawns must be pushed.} Nc5 21. b3 {Of course, slowly but surely.} Bb7 22. f3 Rhc8 23. Kb2 Ra6 24. Rxa6 Nxa6 {This helps white because it simplifies the position at queenside, lesser pieces, lesser pressure.} 25. Nb5 Rb8 26. c4 {These 3 pawns will not be easy to stop, as soon as the white king moves up.} Nb4 27. Rd2 { Yes, to prevent Na2 ch. If white king goes to c3.} Bc6 28. Kc3 Na6 29. b4 { Fantastic moves by Super GM Ian Nepomniachtchi.} Be8 30. e5 {Creating a post at d6.} h5 31. Rd6 Bxb5 32. axb5 Nc7 33. b6 {Dangerously moving forward to reach the 8th rank, looks unstoppable.} Ne8 34. Rc6 Kd7 35. b5 Rb7 36. c5 Rb8 37. Kb4 Ra8 38. b7 Rb8 39. Ra6 Nc7 40. c6+ {These 3 pawns are like the Huge Tsunami, it is very powerful.} Kd8 41. Kc5 h4 42. g4 {Black resigned obviously with this type of position. AMAZING GAME. It is a beauty to see the outcome of 11. Bb5 move, and unusual to see 3 pawns rolled together to restrain the rook at b8. I really enjoyed this game and learned a lot. I hope you like it too. Thank you so much for your support. Please register at my site, go to the menu then click: Register... Thank you...} 1-0