July 27, 2014 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

The Najdorf Poisoned Pawn: Then and Now

by GM Bryan Smith

The Najdorf Poisoned Pawn  Then and Now Front            Recommended for Intermediate-Advanced Players

A pawn is said to be poisoned because its capture can result in a positional disadvantage and or the loss of material l. The best known of these is a line of the Sicillian Defense, Najdorf Variation . One of the pioneers of this line was David Bronstein , who tied the 1951 World Championship match against Mikhail Botvinnik 12–12. Bobby Fischer later became an practitioner, playing it with great success.

Recently revived GM Bryan Smith shows you how it was historically used, and how our modern top class players such Anand are using it.

Content 2 hours of chess theory and discussion in a series of 3 lectures.    ECO: B97

Members of ChessLecture.com rated this series a 3.62 out of 5 .

Fans on ChessLecture.com said: Bryan: These two lectures on the Poison-Pawn you did are fantastic! Can you please do at least one more poison-pawn lecture to update where this opening stands today?

GM Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and resides in Philadelphia, PA. Some of his accomplishments include clear first in the 2008 National Chess Congress, first place in the 2006 U.S. Masters (qualifying to the 2007 U.S. Championship) and first place in the 2008 King’s Island Open, as well as winning many other Grand Prix tournaments. He was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001. Bryan is the highest rated player ever from Alaska. Brian became a Grandmaster in 2013.

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