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Sicilian Dragon

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #22


    That's what there is to like about Caruana (& Carlsen!)

    Think you know something then all the rules get flung in the bin...

    This is why still like chess.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #23


    pfren wrote:

    It's not serious to call this "a drawing line". By the way, white is much better in the final position.

    10.Kb1 isn't popular anymore because of 10...Rb8.

    Where do you go after this?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #25


    pfren wrote:
    1random wrote:
    Where do you go after this?

    I won't resign, for sure. 11...Nxd4 12.Bxd4 de4 13.g5 may give white a little something, but 11...e5 is now perfectly good.


    Black only won that game because white played poorly. Even my OTB rating is higher than white's. A possible continuation could go like this:

    And this is probably one of the only lines in which it is equal. I cannot find a line in which black ends up better.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #27


    pfren wrote:

    Did you actually read the analysis?

    I already said that 17.Ka1? is a big mistake, and on your 17.g5, 17...Ng4! gives black a good game (Houdini claims equality).

    And- noone claimed an advantage for Black after 10.Kb1, but then white is unable to claim even a minuscule advantage after 10...Rb8!.

    The main line is too theroretical- white has a minuscule edge, which is quite manageable, but Dvoiry's 10.Qe1!? (the move played by Caruana) is quite poisonous. Again, white's advantage is very small, but very safe, and Black has to defend carefully to survive, without many chances for active counterplay.

    On top of all that, Black has quite a few problems to solve in the 9.g4! line (instead of 9.0-0-0). This line is very topical currently, there's no point posting analysis.

    I completely agree, I just don't see a way that black can get an advantage, which is why it is not that good of an opening to play.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #28


    Yes, as a matter of fact, however strange it may sound, I actually want to get a better position out of the opening.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #32


    pfren wrote:
    Powerlevel_9001 wrote:

    Kevin Spraggett wrote a book called Starting Out: The Sicilian Dragon for Everyman Chess, pfren thought you read it lol

    The book is by IM Andy Martin, I believe.

    I was referring to GM Spraggett's blog, where he claims that 9...Bxg4 is a good move (no real analysis, though).


    David Vigorito has done one on the Dragon for the Chess Development series by Everyman - it focuses on defending against the Yugoslav attack.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #34


    wow.. this is very tough for black!!

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #35


     I understood "the bind" was'nt suppose to be good against the Accelerated Dragon?? 

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #36


    Hear the dragon roar and it echo throuought White's worst nightmare.

    Aerfinwulf, administrator of Dragon Chaos Society

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #37


    At high level, the yugoslav, well played, kills the dragon and, the best possible for the dragon player is to draw.But, if the dragon player has higher rating than he could have a good advantage using all the sharpness in his favor...

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #38


    i like the hyper-accelerated dragon its rich with tactics

  • 14 months ago · Quote · #40


    whites move f3  what if f4 instead  seems very aggresive move

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