Dream Setups #2

(Link to Previous Blog:)http://www.chess.com/blog/DaChessJoker/new-series-dream-setups-1

I'm back for another edition of the series "Dream Setups." Today, I am going to show another position that is very strong, quite flexible, and fun to play:

This comes from an Open Sicilian, more specifically a Dragon or Najdorf Variation. The double fianchetto provides power over the long diaganols. The c-file is also owned by black, and can wreck havoc, depending on how white has played. But suprisingly, the queen is still on d8!!! Well, she doesn't have many places to be. Figuring it would be best to sit around until the time is left, the queen could just sit there, controlling the semi-open/open d-file. If white tried to pin the queen to the knight, a move like Qe8 keeps all at well.


  • 2 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    No need to apologize for them :D 

    I am not familiar with the Dragondorf setups, so your setup might be a good one too. I am just pointing out the mainline Dragons, cheers! 

  • 3 years ago


    a6 and b5 is typical in the Najdorf. I forgot to mention this was a hybrid of the Dragon and Najdorf Defenses.

    Other than that I agree with your corrections and I apologize for them.

  • 3 years ago


    Some problems with the setup:

    +If it is a dragon setup (with bishop on g7) the knight on d7 doesn't do well with it. It is better to place it on c6, where together with g7 bishop it will put pressure on d5 and e4. I'd put the knight on c6 and bishop on d7. In Dragon setup pieces attack, not pawns. Therefore a6-b5 isn't played that often either. It loses valuable time to push them.

    +The queen on d8 is not doing much, maybe Qa5.

    +Doubling rooks is almost never possible in a Sicilian. I'd just put the rooks to a8 and c8 or f8 and c8. But.. it is a dream position so alright.

  • 3 years ago


    This is the position is on black's point of view. But sure I can update this:

    (Aussi je parle francais un peu parce que j'etudie francais en ma classe de francais.)

    But I'm not even close to be having a real conversation in French yet...

  • 3 years ago


    • DaChessJoker, can you fix the position? You are missign the white pieces (such as Q in d8)
  • 3 years ago


    I like black's game.

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