Killing the Dragon

mida
mida
May 29, 2007, 12:00 AM |
16 | Opening Theory

Dragon variation of the Sicilian defence has always been regarded as one of the sharpest variations of all chess openings. The name "Dragon" comes from the resemblance of Black's kingside pawn structure to the constellation "Draco".
One of the main lines of this variation is the Yugoslav attack. The Yugoslav exemplifies the spirit of the Dragon, with race-to-mate pawn storms on opposite sides of the board. But Black must be much more cautious than White if he doesn't want to be crushed right after the opening: he has to carefully think over each move and to avoid the most unimportant loss of a tempo.
I often played Dragon when I was a 1700 rated player, but I had to reconsider my repertoire after this game, which I unfortunately played on the wrong side of the chessboard...

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