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Recently, I picked the sicilian dragon back up. I have played all the variations of the sicilian (I still use some of them as surprise weapons and sometimes don't even play the sicilian at all). I was wondering what your opinions on the dragon are. The concepts are simple, but is black really, with best play, able to hold off whites attack? Or is white able to overcome the dragon? What do you think and why?
The dragon will never die!
Glad to hear that you still like it Streetfighter :)
It's solid but razor sharp and extremely tactical. You better know your lines or you will be absolutely destroyed. No one knows what happens with best play... we haven't gotten there yet. Very strong players have used it with success though.
I used to play the dragon as my normal reponse to e4; however, I was advised to try the accelerated dragon instead as it suited my more positional style of play.
I dont know if I think it w ill ever be refuted. It seems pretty hard to crack if black plays right :)
I dont like the accelerated dragon becauseof the maroczy bind
What is the Yugoslav Attack? I have heard about it as a white counterplay to the Dragon.
its the only thing that even comes close to beating dragon...nothing really can beat dragon
What is the move order though?
I like to use the hyper-accelerated move order to avoid this. The drawback is that White has a few other anti-lines he can try like c3 or Qxd4 attacks.
Of course here you have to find a way to deal with the Yugoslav attack.
So you have to decide whether you would rather play against Maroczy bind or a Yugoslav attack.
Yugoslav is probably easier to play against. You can atill try d5 in it
Really hate playing against it,and usually i castle kingside and avoid complications but maintain control the centre,oh and try to shut up the bishop with pawn on e5.
It is a strong response to the accelerated dragon; however, it can result in white ending up with a bad bishop against black's good knight. I'd recommend Andrew Gret's book on the opening.
I would be very annoyed as Black if I had to meet a squeeze like that:
maroczy bind is better than yugoslav attack
I'm not sure what you mean really, the Maroczy bind is normally played against the accelerated dragon, the Yugoslav attack against the normal dragon - they are different weapons against different (albt related) opennings....
Fischer liked the Yugoslav Attack:
I do think that the critical point hessmaster is making is that the maroczy bind is much harder to play against compared to the yugoslav attack (even though they are different openings [even though they are extremely related]). Of course, each opening has its pros and cons, so it is just Hessmaster's preference.
I must confess, I find the Maroczy bind easier to play against than the Yugoslav attack - but I guess its down to personal styles :)
This line is the refutation to the dragon:
Sorry that I couldn't post a diagram, as I am on a tablet.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6... etc. 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Kb1!!!!!!
I'm sure if the Dragon had been refuted Carlsen wouldn't keep playing it!!
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