Originally posted by rking00not really. either one will do fine. most people who prefer dragon probably like it because of its aggressiveness, and dynamism, which gives black chances. but najdorf is no ruy lopez either.
Is one stronger than the other, or is it just a matter of personal style. I like the Najdorf a lot. I guess it's because my bishops are maybe a little more unpredictable than in the Dragon. I tend to like that dark-squared bishop as an attacking piece. On the other hand, I am a patzer, and I have noticed that a lot of strong players swear by the Dragon. Is there a reason for this?
Originally posted by rking00well just the beginning starting at move ten looks senseless. not bad but the queen's knight wanted to be on c5 and you played 10...Qd7 cramping it up. perhaps 10...b6 (to prevent a5) 11.Be3 then ...Nd7-c5. i'm no expert but i that knight ends up there often in the najdorf. it is well placed there and if white trades it off then black loses his backwards d pawn and gains the open d file. somebody correct me if i'm wrong there. also you missed an opportunity to win a pawn on move 13.
Okay, this was my first serious attempt with the Najdorf. My opponent was rated about 400 pts. higher at the time, so I guess I was just happy to get through the opening in one piece. What GP says certainly applies to this game- I was lagging in development and had to play pretty creatively to avoid a quick loss. Unfortunately I proceeded to throw away any a ...[text shortened]... f6g7 55. Qe2f2 Bd5e4 56. h3 h5
57. Kh1h2 Qg7g5 58. Qf2f7 1-0 [/pgn]
Originally posted by AThousandYoung6. ... e5 is the main idea of the Najdorf and is the main line. Now we see the point of a6 (the Knight no longer has the b5 square available in addition to preparing the b7-b5 advance). There is only a hole on d5 if White can take advantage of it and this is not the case if Black plays properly at least in my experience. I take it you meant 6. ... e6 which leads to a Scheveningen which is also good, but I like e5 myself.
I don't like e5. It leaves such a gaping weakness at d5. I play d6 instead.
For move 11, develop the last Knight! Instead of finishing development (11...Nc6 12. Na4 Rad6) you ended up UNdeveloping the Bishop.
I don't like 15...Rb4. You pull it off the open file for no real purpose that I csn tell. Eventually that Rook came under attack and then d6 which is where the Rook should be covering. Then of course you drop the Knight.