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I am starting to see why I lose so much playing black in the dragon. There are a lot of critical moments for black - one false move and you're dead. Keaton has 10 videos in this line and each one is densely packed. Maybe this is not the line for me?
I like 16. rdg1
What happens at minute 22:51 when after 19f4...e5 20 fxe5....dxe5 white plays 21 Ne6+ instead of 21 Ne2. Doesn't black lose the exchange?
A very interesting and well-prepared lecture!
nice! can't wait for the g4 line :)
The Soltis is an excellent opening choice, if you don't mind losing against a total patzer who's just more booked-up than you.
Personally, this is the very last variation I could possibly make a video for newbies.
Very sharp lines! Fun stuff & super instructive. Thx much IM Kiewra!
English GM Jonathan Mestel recalls receiving a telegram from the British Chess Federation at the World Student Chess Olympiad in Mexico City in August of 1977 that read "Miles says beware of American analysis of 13. Rdg1." He said he had not the slightest doubt as to which position the telegram referred. It was the Soltis Variation of the Yugoslav Attack vs. the Dragon Variation of the Sicilian Defense.
At 2:43 (I forgot the move number), white moves his bishop to b3, and the text move is Rc8. Why not Na5, forcing a trade of white's (stronger) light-squared bishop?
Enjoyed it. Just the fact some of the top players are playing it shows it must be a pretty good move.
Too much for me to remember in one sitting. will view again later... very useful info...
This was a cool video but the dragon never came out? I was waiting for the dragon to come out and eat all the chess pieces?
by IM Keaton Kiewra
Just when you needed it most, especially after IM Rensch's review of "white's perspective" yesterday, IM Kiewra is here to show just how the Dragon breathes fire! He displays the critical lines of the Soltis (...h5) Variation, focusing mainly on white's direct idea of 16.Bh6. The theory is deep and complex, with "nerves of steel" required, but Keaton's clear explanations of the common patterns with the Dragon are brilliant. Enjoy!
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: Obregon, Rivero
vs. Kiewra, Keaton
Sicilian Defense: Dragon, Yugoslav attack, 12.h4 (B79)
Related: The YugoSlav Formation for White
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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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