English attack in the Sicilian

One of my young students, Rahul Swaminathan, had a good run at the US Nationals, finishing 12th but having a great shot at more. He had many memorable games, including one that looked quite a bit like the following. It wasn't quite the same, actually. Rahul was well acquainted with this "English Attack." I showed it to him as a nice, easy-to-understand weapon against the Najdorf Sicilian.

But here, Rahul faced the Sozin Sicilian and, rather than play the active lines I had shown him, he fell back upon the English attack. Not a bad reaction from a youngster. His opponent permitted white to pursue his set-up and, as is clear, it can be quite a formidable weapon indeed.

A Sample Game in the English Attack [B56]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 0-0 10.g4 b5 11.h4 Bb7 12.h5 Qc7 13.g5 Nd7 Diagram

14.g6 fxg6 15.hxg6 h6 16.Nxe6 Qa5 17.Bxh6 gxh6 18.Qxh6 *

In honor of his fine win in the game and his wonderful showing at the tournament (with a trophy bigger than my US Championship win!), I offer a collection of English Attacks, all wins for white. What's really neat about this collection is that these games from a whole range of different move orders. So you can see how to get these great positions, and then see how to convert the point!