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  • 9 months ago


    Exactly why I don't like the sicillian

  • 15 months ago


    "The whole point of Bxa7 is not to win a pawn it's to remove the rook from the b-file"

    Makes sense, which is why I think Rb7 is more accurate.

    Just messing around, a sample line is 13... Rb7!? 14. Bc5 is practically forced now 14... d4 leads to a dynamic and interesting position.

    After the Bxf8 exchange at some point I still think black has enough counter play. For example

    15. Na4 Be6 16. Bxf8 Bxf8 17. b3 Qa8 18. Nb2 Bxg4! (Point is that fxg4 Nxe4 wins)

    In any case, feel free to analyze and poke holes in that line, I feel like it is too dynamic to not warrant discussion and would be a nice follow up after 4ish or so years.

    Also, one more note that was bugging me... In the 13... Ra8 line you said that after 14. Bc5 Re8!? was not playable, but I think actually black gets compensation for this line after 15. exd5 Qa5! 16. Ba3--- Now 16... Qb6! This line looks interesting as well and it would be neat to analyze further

  • 3 years ago

    NM 1random

  • 3 years ago


    what if black plays rb7 in response to ba7 rather than going ra8

  • 3 years ago


    I know he has a DVD for this

  • 3 years ago


    Great video!  I'm gonna watch part 2 and then watch them both again because there's a lot here!

  • 4 years ago


    Interestingly, the original game with 9..d5 actually resulted in white losing because he played the endgame poorly, even though Roman says its totally winning for white. Learning from this is that end games can be extremely complex even at GM levels.

  • 4 years ago


    minkman5052 your opponent played very poorly he does not fully now how to play the dragon

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks. Has halped a lot.

  • 4 years ago


    After white plays Bxa7 instead of Ra8 why not Rb7??

  • 4 years ago


    Really cool stuff. It's always fascinating to see a grandmaster play out, pretty much an entire game's worth of opening theory for a given variation, with such a high quality of moves. I've never analyzed the dragon, so it was interesting to watch the kind of play that can come out of it.

  • 4 years ago

    FM Michalczak

    Great stuff

  • 5 years ago


    beat d dragon!

  • 5 years ago


    After white 9. o-o-o, how does one proceed if black plays 9...Ne5?  I played 10. h4, but I think that 10. g4 might have been better.  What do you think?

    The game proceeded:

    [Event "Live Chess"]
    [Site "Chess.com"]
    [Date "2010.07.20"]
    [White "minkman5052"]
    [Black "moh_nur"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [WhiteElo "1518"]
    [BlackElo "1522"]
    [TimeControl "5|0"]
    [Termination "minkman5052 won by resignation"]

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.O-O-O Ne5 10.h4 h5
     11.f4 Neg4 12.Bg1 d5 13.e5 Ne4 14.Nxe4 dxe4 15.Bc4 e6 16.Be2 Nh6 17.Qe3 Nf5 18.Nxf5 exf5 19.Rxd8 1-0

  • 5 years ago


    Speaking of which, the line he shows I actually play against Kb1, sweet, I was spot on.

  • 5 years ago


    Ive never lost a real tournament game in the dragon...it is unstoppable

  • 5 years ago


    hehe beat the dragon

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  • 5 years ago


    Intresting to whatch for me as a dragon player. :D

  • 6 years ago


    In one game i played my opponent (rated around 300 points higher than me) played the dragon, but i was ready! After a slugfest he was up a WHOLE ROOK! But was lost! i had opened the infamous "h-file" for my queen, at first he was excited about his tacctics, but then realize after around a minute (it was a live game) that he was totally lost! THANK YOU FISCHER! (i learned of the h-file attack from fischer-larsen in "my 60 memorable games") oh ya, and great post! i might use that in a corr. game i'm playing right now!=)

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