Part of a new series examining the cutting edge of opening theory. The idea is to identify the most important theoretical battlegrounds of the moment and then analyse as deeply as possible in search of improvements. Thus the reader will be ahead of the current state-of-the-art, rather than lagging behind trying to memorize old games.
The Cutting Edge 2 looks at the extremely sharp Sicilian Najdorf English Attack - 6.Be3. Pavlovic's in-depth coverage is based on the latest Grandmaster games and his own original analysis. He includes both of Black's main responses 6..e6; and 6..e5 including some of the wildest and most heavily analysed variations (after 6..e6) such as the Topalov Variation, Perenyi Attack and the main lines. 6..e5 can lead to more positional play or, as in the Vallejo Pons Variation, a razor sharp tactical battle.
A later book will consider the Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5.
Milos Pavlovic is a highly experienced Serbian grandmaster and former Yugoslav Champion, whose analysis is regularly featured in New in Chess and Chess Informant.
Published 2011, softback, 216 pages.View sample pages (pdf)