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I have also been analyzing the Rd2 as a much better alternative for white at move 16. It seems to be very sharp for both sides, and precision is required almost every move, however black seems to have at least a draw if played carefully e.g. 16.Rd2 Qb8 17.b3 e6 18.Bc4 Qe5 19.Bd4 Qa5 20.Bxg7+ Kxg7 21.Rhd1 Qxa2 22.Re2 Qa1+
At 4:20 if white plays Rd2 instead of Bd3 then black has a tough time. I looked at this position with a friend whose 2100 OTB. Rd2 stops blacks mate threat and then white can bring out his light squared bishop and double rooks on the d file. All while black is facing back rank mate threats... the position is not so easy for black to play.
At 8:20, why can't white play Qa6?
@vlady92, Nd6 is fine, there is probably no refutation, but after Re7 I think black is fine.
great game thanx
Played a game today where white captured the pawn on d5 and then the rook on a8... needless to say the game went well for me. This series on the Dragon has made it a mainstay for me when playing open Sicilians. Thanks for your insight IM Kiewra!
16. Rd2 is the best move there, still leaves black with a great position and an easy game though either way. I think he didn't cover it much because he considers the pawn grab by white a weak move at move 3:30. I do agree though, even if it is a weaker line, should expect the best moves from there.
At 4:15, why white can't play simply 16.Rd2? Excellence should come after the correct opponents' moves.
Still, i don´t see how you refute roman
good explanations thanks
I would be curious to see how you handle the accelerated dragon and the hyper accelerated dragon as well. Any chance we could get some vids on those also?
Great video series about the dragon. I learned a lot from it. Hopefully there will be more follow-ups of this series. Thanks!
SUPERB MOVES AND GREAT DRAGON SERIES THANK YOU VERY MUCH CHESS.COM
This is a great help, thank you so much!!
Daniel Rensch has a great live sessions video in which he plays the variation as black after Bxf6 where black gives up his queen for the bishop and rook. He wins the game and it's a very instructive video on how black should be playing in that position.
great dragon series,thanks
by IM Keaton Kiewra
Keaton Kiewra, better known as "The Dragon Master", brings his initial segment in the Dragon Video Series to a close today with flare! First he reviews the critical ins-and-outs of the 9...d5 variation, then he astonishes us with a brilliant win by the Georgian Super-GM, Jobava. The battle of "Dragon vs Slayer" has officially begun on Chess.com!
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: Lahno, Kateryna
vs. Jobava, Baadur
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IM Keaton Kiewra
International Master Keaton Kiewra is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska - USA where he set multiple state records, including nine consecutive state championships. A professional chess instructor now, Keaton is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, and he has trained with many of the best chess players in the United States. He offers chess lessons that you can find more about on his home profile page.
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