The Najdorf Sicilian | Chess Opening Tutorial

We cover my favorite chess opening, the Najdorf Sicilian. The Najdorf variation arises out of the Sicilian after the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 and now 5…a6 introduces the Najdorf Sicilian. White has a wide array of options, with the most popular being the four bishop moves 6.Bg5, 6.Be3, 6.Bc4 and 6.Be2. I go into all of these moves and show some typical positions and structures that can arise. The Najdorf is considered as one of the most exciting chess openings, so if you are looking for an ambitious option with Black against 1.e4, it could be the right choice for you 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions!

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Niclas Huschenbeth (born February 29, 1992 in Hann. Muenden) is a German Chess Grandmaster. Huschenbeth learned how to play chess at the age of five and participated in youth chess tournaments. He was awarded the title of International Master in 2008 and the Grandmaster title in 2012. At age 18, he achieved his most notable success, becoming the youngest German Champion in history. He has played 52 times for the German national team and participated in two chess olympiads. Currently, Huschenbeth studies industrial/organizational psychology at the Free University of Berlin.


  1. Can you explain Wing Gambit in Sicilian, please?

  2. I'd like to see one about the Evan's Gambit. I mean who could be better to present that than you?

  3. It would be great to see a GM explaining the limits of the Evans Gambit !!

  4. Played a Najdorf defense against magnus age 8 after watching your video. If you're interested how chess scrubs play lool
    Magnus Age 8 () – neopode () *
    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nde2 Be6 8. g4 Be7 9. Bg2 O-O 10. Bf3 Nc6 11. g5 Nd7 12. Nb1 Bxg5 13. b3 Bxc1 14. Qxc1 Qa5+ 15. Qd2 Qxd2+ 16. Kxd2 Rac8 17. a4 Nd4 18. Nxd4 exd4 19. Rh2 f5 20. exf5 Rxf5 21. Bxb7 Rcf8 22. Bxa6 Rxf2+ 23. Rxf2 Rxf2+ 24. Be2 Rh2 25. h4 Bg4 26. Kd3 Bxe2+ 27. Kxd4 Rxh4+ 28. Ke3 Rh2 29. Kd2 h5 30. a5 Ba6+ 31. Ke1 g5 32. c3 g4 33. Ra4 g3 34. Rd4 Rh1+ 35. Kd2 g2 36. Rd5 g1=Q 37. c4 Qxb1 38. Rg5+ Kf7 39. Ke2 Rh3 40. Kf2 Qb2+ 41. Kg1 Rh2 42. Rg7+ Kxg7 43. c5 Qg2#

  5. Please do the Ruy Lopez, as it is THE starter's opening in chess.

  6. This was a really terrible tutorial, Niclas. One of the worst I´ve seen on an opening, I´m sorry. You are an expert, and you didn´t give any extras to it. No guidelines, no recommendations, you revealed nothing regarding to your experience. No directions, not even logical reasons behind certain moves – which is critically important on to understanding the core of the entire unveiling position.. Just some random moves thrown as to dogs with no care. This review was fragmented, not connected. I have expected more. You have to give more care to your viewers. Otherwise, they will feel you are holding back, and it is not worth it.

  7. Suren give more educating to viewer than this

  8. hi Niclas. Thanks for the great explanation 🙂

  9. Hey Niclas, dieser "wilde" Haarstil steht dir sehr gut.

  10. If you are doing a black opening could you flip the board? I love your videos BTW.

  11. Please do a video on hanging pawns in Queen's indian defence for black. That is my suggestion.

  12. Hallo Niko, ich würde mich auch gerne freuen wenn du ein Najdorf Eröffnung auf deutsch aufnimmst. Mein Englisch sehr schlecht leider 😉😓glg

  13. Don't wear that shirt again. I'm getting distracted lmao (jk!)

  14. Great explanation. I would rather see it from Black's perspective though.

  15. Habe selten so einen starken deutschen Akzent gesehen xD

  16. Why isn’t this from blacks perspective?

  17. Kind of funny that I watch your brother do mtg content and just stumbled upon this searching for Najdorf videos.

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