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I viewed this video and then bought the excellent book on the Chinese Dragon by Raymond Pearson. The font in the book is not great, but the content is excellent. Full of novelties. My results since taking up this opening as black have been impressive. Always leads to exciting lines.
I'd never heard of the Chinese Dragon defence before and it really interested me because I'm attempting to learn more about kingside finchettos as most of my knowledge is currently about the queenside ones. A really enjoyable Dragon lesson
Well that much is simple. It is well known that dragon players always take back with the f pawn.
I am starting to see why I struggle with the dragon as black. The moves for survival are always so precise. Simple ideas like which pawn to take back with become do or die. One wrong move and the game is over.
I think you are the best video commentator. You move right along, covering a lot of material. Please start making more videos.
Very nice video. Really enjoyed your dragon video series!!
I am not sure about using Rb8 in the Soltis variation, I've never seen this before. I can guarantee that the Dragon is far from refuted. GMs usually avoid it when they play me.
Dragon is not refuted at any level, and the Chinese dragon is probably black's main try these days.
Many white players play an early h4 to avoid it.
I saw a game somewhere with a Chinese-Soltis hybrid. Is there any merit to this?
the yougaslav attack refutes the dragon and you should only use the dragon as a suprise weapon
Now, I'm not sure about the Nxd4 variation in the beginning of the video if the opponent is prepared. Engine preparation against it seems extremely dangerous. A nice surprise weapon though.
For example, if white even just allows the bishop to be trapped:
If I played this variation, I'm sure that after ..Rb8 entering this so-called Chinese dragon, 99% of opponents at my low skill level are going to play Nxc6, and after either recapture, grab the pawn on a7. I checked this out briefly in opening explorer (haven't looked in chessbase yet) and only found 4 master games with an even 2-2 result. It seems like there is no concrete refutation to this line for Black. Rather just a fuzzy notion of compensation because we have a half-open a file now. What am I missing here? The lines you give for Black against the 2 most popular moves Bb3 and h4 both seem pretty convincing. If that's the case, why are they more popular options for White as opposed to simply snatching the a pawn?
Thank you for the video!
i really liked it
I don't think the chinese dragon was actually invented by the chinese. I think it was named the chinese dragon because it was invented by some caucasian at a tournament in China (or at least popularized there).
another great video,very instructive,thanks.
Great video! Really enjoyed the artistry of the play with Chinese GM
Thanks IM Keaton Kiewra for this dragon video! I'm usually a Najdorf player, but this makes me want to play the Chinese dragon! I will learn more about this opening and hopefully use it with great success :)
by IM Keaton Kiewra
IM Kiewra is back this month to continue his series on the Fighting Dragon! He reviews a game in the Chinese Dragon between GMs Zhigalko and Bu Xiangzhi. As to be expected with Keaton, he does a great job highlighting the patterns of each position, the tactical motifs that repeat themselves consistently, and he provides insight into what the top Dragon players think about each idea / position.
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Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation, Yugoslav Attack (B78)
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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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