Two American grandmasters provide a practical yet thorough survey of one of the most fun opening variations around.
In response to Black’s ever popular Najdorf Sicilian, White plays 6 f3, which not only supports the centre e-pawn but more importantly prepares to launch a kingside pawn storm against Black’s castled king, starting with g4g5. However, Garry Kasparov, a champion of the Sicilian Defence, has shown that Black can postpone castling in favour of queenside expansion and regrouping the knight pair at b6 and d7, ready for a swift counterpunch when White castles long. But, then again, White in turn can also delay castling to keep Black guessing in which case both kings remain in the centre!
Not surprisingly tactics and sharp play abound in this most modern of chess openings, where precise knowledge of variations is vital.