Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation

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The Dragon Variation belongs to the Sicilian Defence family of variations. Black plays 5...g6 with the purpose of fianchettoeing his bishop with ...Bg7. The preparatory move 2...d6 makes sure that the bishop will have an open long diagonal on g7. This is one of the sharpest openings in chess.

The name "Dragon" is given to all Sicilian Defence opening variations in which ...g6 is played, namely the Accelerated Dragon variation and the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon variation. Historically, the first try of ...g6 in the Sicilian was with the following order of moves:

In this variation, it was found that White's 6th move was an inaccuracy that allowed Black to have a comfortable position by responding with 6...g6. Better moves for white are 6.Bg5 and 6.Bc4, which put immediate pressure to Black. In this case, Black has to respond immediately and can't spend two moves for developing a single piece. Today's mainline Dragon was introduced later, after 2...d6 became popular.

In the first attempt for a "Dragon Variation" as in today's main line black has a kingside pawn structure that resembles the star constellation Draco. This has given to the variation its distinctive name.


  • 9 years ago · Quote · #1


    The Dragon Variation of the Sicilian Defence is 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6.

      Black will place his bishop on g7 ( this type of bishop maneuver is called a fianchetto ).  Play is usually tactical and dangerous.

    The main line goes 6 Be3 Bg7 7 f3 Nc6 8 Qd2 0-0.  Now white has a choice between 9 0-0-0 ( this notation refers to castling long side ) or 9 Bc4.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #2


    I have played the Dragon Variation,and for me personally,it is probably the sharpest double bladed chess defence in the game.It can really decimate your opponent (if they don't follow part of the mainlines),or just make 1 false step.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #3


    Always had trouble with this opening. Any tips?Cool

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #4


    No. Doesn't make any sense to me either.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #5


    ..What if black doesnt take the d4 pawn... how then can the knight advance there... am i missing somethin??

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #6


    I follow Sicilian: Hyperaccelerated Dragon. I prefer this one because because when the black tries to take out his fianchetto bishop g7, white tries to stop this by taking out his queen; and taking out of queen is beneficial for black because taking out of queen too early lags the development of white.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #7


    Next move...Bg7?

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #8


    SurprisedFrownisn't it supposed to look like a dragon?UndecidedFoot in mouthFrown

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #9


    why doesn't white pawn take knight? instead of Qa4.

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #10


    @ chrisjarmonkey:

    if 6.exf6?? then Nxd4 and after 7. Nxd4 exf6, black has a queen and pawn for a knight...

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #11


    this opening is my favorite counter to e4 by white. However, I play the accelerated dragon, which plays g6 and Bg7 before Nf6...

    this opening is sharp and offers attacking chances if white castles long (queenside).

    white will use the f-g-and h-pawns to attack and black will use the a- and b- pawns as well as the c-file to attack.

    I also like combining this dragon with the Nadjorf variation by putting my queen-knight on d7 and queen-bishop on b7 (after a6 and b5)

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #12


    here's what i mean:

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #13


    accelerated dragon is better because you can do the d7-d5 pawn advance in one move

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #14


     more like sicilian fagon

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #15


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  • 5 years ago · Quote · #17


    Sharp indeed
  • 5 years ago · Quote · #18


    The variation posted by sonty made me quit playing dragon
  • 5 years ago · Quote · #19

    CM elikemattah

    why didn't black capture e5 in 7th move with his knight?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #20



    " SurprisedFrownisn't it supposed to look like a dragon?UndecidedFoot in mouthFrown ".

    It was named by Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky in 1901, who noticed a resemblance between Black's kingside pawn structure (pawns on d6, e7, f7, g6 and h7) and the stars of the Draco constellation.

    I hope now you know why it is called "Dragon".

    Regards !

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