The Poisoned Pawn Variation is a sideline of the Najdorf Variation and played by Black. He captures the b-pawn with his queen right in the opening and this leads to an aggressive and a very complicated game. This variation was played by Garry Kasparov as Black with success several times. You can replay the games below.
Black has captured the “Poisoned Pawn” at b2
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2
Replay Poisoned Pawn Variation Games by Kasparov
In some games White does not sacrifice the pawn. I included these to show you how the game continues in this case.
Flip Board: Press F-Key (or click e7 or d2 on top) Select a game: Click on grey bar
Go to – Chess Network – Home