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Best offense against classic Dragon Sicilian


  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1

    LinuxMan

    I just want to know what the best offense against the classic Sicilian Dragon. Any thoughts and why?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2

    ZenoJones

    The topic could pretty much die after the first response, and you'd be fine.  But I figure the more voices that chime in in unison, the more likely you are to take the answer seriously.

    So in this case, there's no doubt about it.  The critical lines against the Dragon are all in the Yugoslav attack.  There are other good lines in the Dragon, but the Yugo is absolutely, 100%, *the* critical response.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3

    Prof_Moriarty

    The question doesn't make any sense.

    You know the Sicilian is 1.e4 c5 and the Dragon variation is 2. Nf3 d6 3.d4  cxd4  4.Nxdf  Nf6  5.Nc3  g6.

    It's white who chooses to play the "Classical" Dragon by putting his bishops on e2 and e3 and then castling kingside.  Since white chooses the "Classical" Dragon variation, the proper question would be "Do you know what the best defense against the Classical Dragon is?" or "Do you know what white's best offense is in the classical dragon?" 

    To answer the question, from white's point of view, play the Yugoslav Attack and avoid the Classical variation since it's inferior, but if you must play it, then use the same strategy as any other Classical Sicilian setup.  Play f4, try to play either f5 or e5 and attack in the middle or kingside.  How should black defend the Classical Sicilian?  Counter attack queenside and make the most of the long diagonal with your dragon bishop.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4

    TheRealEames

    Maroczy Bind. Just Fun.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5

    ZenoJones

    Prof_Moriarty wrote:

    The question doesn't make any sense.

    You know the Sicilian is 1.e4 c5 and the Dragon variation is 2. Nf3 d6 3.d4  cxd4  4.Nxdf  Nf6  5.Nc3  g6.

    It's white who chooses to play the "Classical" Dragon by putting his bishops on e2 and e3 and then castling kingside.  Since white chooses the "Classical" Dragon variation, the proper question would be "Do you know what the best defense against the Classical Dragon is?" or "Do you know what white's best offense is in the classical dragon?" 

    To answer the question, from white's point of view, play the Yugoslav Attack and avoid the Classical variation since it's inferior, but if you must play it, then use the same strategy as any other Classical Sicilian setup.  Play f4, try to play either f5 or e5 and attack in the middle or kingside.  How should black defend the Classical Sicilian?  Counter attack queenside and make the most of the long diagonal with your dragon bishop.


    I think you're confusing two terms.  The ClassicAL Dragon refers to a choice white makes to play Be2, etc.

    The classIC Dragon, I believe, is just a generic term used to set it apart from all the other Dragon-ish lines like the Accelerated, Hyper-Accelerated, Dragadorf, etc.

    Classical typically refers to a specific opening setup.  Classic is, as far as I know, just an adjective without any chess-specific meaning.


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