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Sicilian dragon - Alekhine Attack


  • 8 months ago · Quote · #1

    Aschere

    Hi, in two months i am going to play in tournament where i will probably face one 1950F player who plays only dragon sicilian against e4. I would like to prepare some other variation than levenfish(already employed it against him once and i got crushed) and so i found this interesting variation which is offered as one of two choices in "Slay the Sicilian" book(second being classical with be2 and bg5). Have anyone played it?What is current standing of Alekhine Attack in actual theory?



  • 8 months ago · Quote · #2

    bresando

    I played it a couple of times (after having studied the dragon chapter from Taylor's "Slay the sicilian"). It's a very interesting practical weapon and carries a lot of punch at club level, since many dragon players never really bothered to study anything but the yugoslav attack. If black plays the usual yugoslav moves he gets in a lot of trouble, but if he knows the correct a5 approach white position is not so hot (not too bad either, but i didn't like the resulting positions). In the end i decided to play the 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Be3 Bg7 6.Be2!? "yugoslav" lines instead (intending Qd2/O-O-O), a not-too-theoretical but quite challenging line which also fits in taylor repertoire.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #3

    TitanCG

    You will need an idea of what to do about 3.Nc3 since White has the option of playing 4.d4.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #4

    bresando

    Yes, the book is quite good. Taylor is not the most precise author ever, but his explanations are good, and the book covers a strangely neglected subject (there are tons of books on even the most implausible anti-sicilian, and tons of book on the latest 20 move deep novelties in the english attack, but almost nothing on the Be2 open lines, which have been played by virtually all the great champions and still offer good chances without being overly theoretical in practice).

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #5

    bresando

    TitanCG wrote:

    You will need an idea of what to do about 3.Nc3 since White has the option of playing 4.d4.

    what?

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #6

    Aschere

    TitanCG wrote:

    You will need an idea of what to do about 3.Nc3 since White has the option of playing 4.d4.

    I am playing white dude.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #7

    Aschere

    http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/computer-chess-strategies

    If you wanna troll, get out of my thread.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #8

    einstein99

    Dont really know this.one but if black takes knight at B3he doubles you're pawns,also king looks in vulnerable pos.Black can also do the sicilian break at d5if he wants to.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #9

    Aschere

    That Bxb3 is harmless. Black gives up a bishop pair and opens a-file for white. White king can castle queenside where it is still safe or even go kingside where black has 0 initiative(Damn, he could even stay in centre :) ).

    Taylor shows that d5 can be well met by 11.f5 Bc8 12.exd5 Nb4 13.Bf3.

    "White maintains his centre pawn and sacs two pawns on the kingside where Black must expose his king to get them" - Fischer

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1008402


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