The Dragon's Breath: The Sicilian Dragon (Part 1)

Dec 2, 2009, 4:18 PM |

While considered somewhat risky at top levels, the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense is nevertheless an interesting opening in its own right, and can provide many opporunities for the black player to fight for a win.  Even though it's far beyond my ability to play well, I am enjoying using the Dragon as my response to e4. I've been sac-sac-mated more than a few times (I won't show those games), but have had a few fun wins as well.

Given my newfound enthusiasm for the Dragon, I thought I would post some nice wins for black in high-level play.  Christopher Ward (a fairly well-known practicioner of the Dragon, I believe) demonstrates how dangerous the Dragon can be, sacrificing a knight and a rook for a winning attack using only the queen and a rook.  I've added a few (poor) annotations to the game.

And just for fun, here is a fairly recent game of mine in the same 9. O-O-O Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Be6 line.  Obviously not of the same caliber, but hopefully enjoyable anyway.

Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions for improvement.