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Sicilian Defence:  Dragon B70-79

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The sharp Dragon variation leads to an uncompromising play where both colors will launch a strong attack.   After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 the main variation is the Yugoslav Attack in which White after 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 00 8.Qd2 Nc6 is ready to castle long and launch a pawn attack against the enemy king.  Black replies specularly counterattacking the White's king in the Queen's side; the first arriving to deliver decisive threats to the enemy king will win the game.  

Recently Black has introduced a new idea, based on the early a7-a6 pawn move (6...a6 or 6... Bg7 7.f3 a6), whose goal is to avoid the most dangerous variations of the Yugoslav Attack.  This line has been called the Dragondorf (or Dragadorf) as it's a kind of hybrid between the Najdorf and the Dragon and shares ideas from both openings.  

Black has an easier life in case White selects one of the other variatons.  Among those surely the most important is the Classical (6.Be2) in which White castles short and then may develop his dark bishop either in e3 (main line) or in g5 (an idea from Karpov in order to increase the control over the d5 square).

Opening

Sicilian Dragon

Chess Base File

B70-79.cbv

PGN file

b70-79.zip

Last Update

October 2017