How to play the Sicilian: Dragon variation?


I've seen people play it before, but I can't play it correctly.

Can anyone post it?




ok, thanks


No problem. 


You don't. Play the Najdorf instead.


Or better, play 1. e4 e5!

Utopia321 wrote:

You don't. Play the Najdorf instead.

He was talking about playing against it. 


 If you're playing White against the Modern Dragon I'd advise playing the Yugoslav Attack and against the Accelerated Dragon I'd advise the Maroczy Bind.


var shown od diagram should also be OK in practice, because it is less theory, particularly if whites experience is low


Aren't beginners often urged to play over illustrative games? What would be wrong with looking at some of the samples in a book like My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

or Opening Repertoire 1 e4 ?


I play everything but the Yugoslav Attack against the Sicilian Dragon. The Yugoslav Attack is exactly what most Dragon players are prepared to see. These players thrive in combinations, counter attacks, defense, opposite side castling, tactics, etc..

The chess community still struggles with the harsh reality that human vs human statistics are more important than computer evaluations.

6.g3 scores better ...

6.f4 is more challenging ...

Black must know exactly what to do against the classical Dragon.

As Dragon players steadily shovel Yugoslav Attack theory into their head, they superficially gloss over lesser "sub-optimal" variations such as mentioned above.

When I know I'm going to play the same opponent more than two games, I will first play 6.g2 and then switch to the Levenfish attack. When I know I'm going to play run away cowards in the internet, that are most likely to decline a rematch, I go ahead and play the Levenfish attack.

I often play 6.Be2 against the classical Sicilian and then black can transpose to the classical Dragon with 6 … g6 ...

There is actually a little bit of theory and some concrete lines black must know in this line, but it's usually neglected … especially by someone looking to transpose to the Dragon instead of playing it outright.


The dragon variation is not user friendly. I only play a sort of dragon pawn set up when my opponent forces me, but otherwise, if you plan on playing it, STUDY.

Seriously, the Paulsen, Kan, Najdorf are all better prospects. I would recommend if starting out with the Sicilian to go with the Paulsen and/or Kan which are related anyway.

Its a bit easier to defend when pushing the pawn from e7 to e6 compared to pushing the d7 pawn to d6.

Saying it's a bit easier is pretty literal. I wouldn't recommend any Sicilian line if your under 1600 USCF. Although I would say someone over 1400 USCF should be starting to learn it at least. If they even slightly master one or two main lines of the Sicilian, they're be at least 1600 by that time.

The Paulson and Kan variations stop white's Queen/Bishop attack on the f7 pawn dead in it's tracks. That gives newbies to the Sicilian a leg up to last a few more moves anyway.

I know quite a bit about the Sicilian Paulson and Kan variations. Just last night I tried the Najdorf, which I really need to study, but I did play the Najdorf, and got smoked really fast. I played the same guy a 2nd time, but fell back to my old haunt the Paulsen, and pretty much slowly crushed the guy.

I'm at that point in chess where I really have to knuckle down and learn the Najdorf and Dragon variations. In the Paulsen or Kan, white sometimes castles queenside. But they also do that in the Najdorn and dragon lines, but the difference in the center pawn structure for black means it's an entirely different animal.

White castles queenside in the Sicilian in order to attack really fast. As long as your know what to move right after they castle, it generally nulls the offense. If your sitting there scratching your head, your probably doomed.

Utopia321 wrote:

You don't. Play the Najdorf instead.

I do play Najdorf sometimes.

Also, I asked because someone played it with Nc6 instead of d6, and it seemed weird.


Adorn_Aliment wrote:
Utopia321 wrote:

You don't. Play the Najdorf instead.

I do play Najdorf sometimes.

Also, I asked because someone played it with Nc6 instead of d6, and it seemed weird.



This is just a worse move order to play the Dragon as it allows e5

I think it goes like that:



you can just play the alapin or 3. Bb5


I played this guy in a tournament twice:

1st game:

2nd game:



The hole reason that the Dragon isn't played by GM's now, is that in the Yougoslav attack, he has to remember an enormous amount of theory just to draw at the end. I personaly play the Najdorf and against6.a3 or a4, I transpose to the dragon, where white can't really play the yougoslav

RubenHogenhout wrote:


Ah, in term of first choices by top engines like Stockfish and Leela, both of their first choice is

9. g4!!


( 9. O-O-O is second choice)

(9. Bc4 is in low priority)

What leela think in my mobile


What Stockfish thinks in my mobile,


Well i won't be able to play any of those openings as I am too low level