Alexander KhalifmanSample pages (pdf)
This volume is devoted mostly to the English Attack in the Najdorf system, that is the variation beginning with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3. White's plan is simple and clear in the majority of cases: Qd2, g4, castling long and then a pawn-offensive on the kingside.
The Najdorf system has become the most popular in the Sicilian Defence long, long ago. Robert Fischer and Garry Kasparov were understandably its most famous exponents. Still, it looks like it will remain tremendously fashionable in the future as well. White began to play the English Attack (that is the plan with Be3/f3/Qd2) regularly during the middle of the 1980s, while prior to that, the main theoretical discussions concerned the lines with 6.Bg5 and 6.Bc4.
Naturally, the evaluations in this system have been constantly changing, just like in every other sharp and fashionable variation, but this exact plan has been White's main weapon against the Najdorf system for many years. It is also worth mentioning that contrary to some other opening variations, which are popular only at the top-level, or only among amateurs, the English Attack is top-fashion at all levels.
Author GM Alexander Khalifman was the FIDE World Champion from 1999-2000 and currently runs a chess academy in St Petersburg.
Published 2010, softback, 380 pages.