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Out of curiosity...

  • #1

    Was Anand-Kasparov in 1995 the only time the Dragon was played in a World Championship Match?

  • #2

    Does Howdy Doody have Wooden Gonads  ?

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    In chess, the Dragon Variation[1] is one of the main lines of the Sicilian Defence and begins with the moves:

    1. e4 c5
    2. Nf3 d6
    3. d4 cxd4
    4. Nxd4 Nf6
    5. Nc3 g6

    In the Dragon, Black fianchettoes his bishop on the h8–a1 diagonal. The line is one of the sharpest variations of the Sicilian Defence, making it one of the sharpest of allchess openings.[2]

    The modern form of the Dragon was originated by German master Louis Paulsen around 1880.[3] It was played frequently by Henry Bird that decade, then received general acceptance around 1900 when played by Harry Nelson Pillsbury and other masters.

    The name "Dragon" was first coined by Russian chess master and amateur astronomerFyodor Dus-Chotimirsky who noted the resemblance of Black's kingside pawn structure to the constellation Draco.[4]

  • #5

    Oh good, a wiki copy/paste on the dragon... because you know, at a chess site, no one is going to know what that is without wiki.

  • #6

    Another option for Black is to play what has been called the "Dragondorf", which combines ideas from the Dragon with those of theNajdorf Variation. While this line may be played via the Dragon move order (see the Yugoslav Attack with 9.Bc4). Black can arrive at it with a Najdorf move order: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 g6 (or 5...g6 6.Be3 a6), with the idea of Bg7 and Nbd7. Such a move order would be used to try to avoid a Yugoslav type attack; for instance, after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6, White could play 6.Be2 or 6.f4. In both cases, especially the latter, a Yugoslav-style attack loses some momentum. Usually the bishop is more ideally placed on c4, where it can pressure f7 and help defend the white king (though the 9.0-0-0 variation of the Dragon shows that this is not completely necessary), and if White plays f4 and then castles queenside, he must always be on guard for Ng4 ideas, something which the move f3 in traditional Dragon positions usually discourages. Nonetheless, a Yugoslav-style attack is still playable after both 6.Be2 g6 or 6.f4 g6.

  • #7

    "Dragondorf"...got to love it !

  • #8

    A quick look through chessgames.com's history of the word Chess Championship indicates that the answer is yes.

    No wait, Schlecter-Lasker (7) 1910

    1. e4 c5 2. Nc6 Nf3 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Bc4 d6 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. e5 Ng4. Actually that did not transpose into a dragon, 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. e5 would be a semi-acclerated dragon.

  • #9

    @bulletheadbilly... You had five comments and non of them answered the question. 

  • #10

    Sorry, The Forum Name Got Me Curious...and I am Waiting for the Answer Just like You.

    Indian chess star Viswanathan Anand suffered a shock loss to nextWorld Championship challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the fifth round and slipped to joint seventh spot in the Tal Memorial Tournament here.
  • #11
    Moses2792796 wrote:

    Judging by this thread alone I'm guessing bulletheadbilly is either on drugs or senile.

    I am talking about chess, and you Drugs. Cut me some slack, Yak Yak....

    Fischer (1972–75)[edit]

    The next championship, held in Reykjavík (Iceland) in 1972, saw the first non-Soviet finalist since before World War II (the first under FIDE), the young American, Bobby Fischer. Having defeated his Candidates opponents Mark TaimanovBent Larsen, and Tigran Petrosian (the first two by the previously unheard-of scores of 6–0), Fischer easily qualified to challenge Spassky. The so-called Match of the Century, possibly the most famous in chess history, had a shaky start: having lost the first game, Fischer defaulted the second after he failed to turn up, complaining about playing conditions. There was concern he would default the whole match rather than play, but he duly turned up for the third game and won it brilliantly. Spassky won only one more game in the rest of the match and was eventually well beaten by Fischer by a score of 12½–8½. Fischer's dominance drew many parallels to the other famed American chess champion, Paul Morphy. This similarity became all too close three years later.

    A line of unbroken FIDE champions had thus been established from 1948 to 1972, with each champion gaining his title by beating the previous incumbent. This came to an end in 1975, however, when reigning champion Fischer refused to defend his title against SovietAnatoly Karpov when Fischer's demands were not met. Fischer resigned his FIDE title in writing, but privately maintained that he was still World Champion. He went into seclusion and did not play chess in public again until 1992, when he offered Spassky a rematch, again for the World Championship. The general chess public did not take this claim to the championship seriously, since both of them were well past their prime, though the match was greatly appreciated and attracted good media coverage.

    Anatoly Karpov won the right to challenge Fischer in 1975 for the World Championship by defeating Viktor Korchnoi in the final candidates match, winning by a score of 12½–11½. Fischer objected to the "best of 24 games" championship match format that had been used from 1951 onwards, claiming that it would encourage whoever got an early lead to play for draws. Instead he demanded that the match should be won by whoever first won 10 games, except that if the score reached 9–9 he should remain champion. He argued that this was more advantageous to the challenger than the champion's advantage under the existing system, where the champion retained the title if the match was tied at 12–12 including draws. Eventually FIDE deposed Fischer and crowned Karpov as the new champion.[58]

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    World Champions by number of title match victories[edit]

    The table below organises the world champions in order of championship wins, and is current through the World Chess Championship 2012. (For the purpose of this table, a successful defence counts as a win, even if the match was drawn.) The table is made more complicated by the split between the "Classical" and FIDE world titles between 1993 and 2006.


    ChampionTotalUndisputedFIDEClassicalYears as championYears as undisputed champion
    Emanuel Lasker 6 6     27 27
    Garry Kasparov 6 4   2 15 8
    Anatoly Karpov 6 3 3   16 10
    Mikhail Botvinnik 5 5     13 13
    Viswanathan Anand 5 4 1   8 6
    Alexander Alekhine 4 4     17 17
    Wilhelm Steinitz 4 4     8 8
    Vladimir Kramnik 3 1   2 7 1
    Tigran Petrosian 2 2     6 6
    José Raúl Capablanca 1 1     6 6
    Boris Spassky 1 1     3 3
    Bobby Fischer 1 1     3 3
    Max Euwe 1 1     2 2
    Vasily Smyslov 1 1     1 1
    Mikhail Tal 1 1     1 1
    Ruslan Ponomariov 1   1   2 0
    Alexander Khalifman 1   1   1 0
    Rustam Kasimdzhanov 1   1   1 0
    Veselin Topalov 1   1   1 0
  • #13

    lol only 1 post even attempted to answer the question

  • #14

    You cant answer it yourself so your Going to Bag on some one else who also cant answer it.

  • #15

    It was already answered and you keep bringing up irrelevant information.

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    Good..it was answered and you are happy. now turn your tracker off...

  • #18

    Mainline_Novelty, yes, the only time dragon was played was in 1995 in 11th (Yugoslav attack, Korchnoi variation), 13th (6.Be3), 15th (Yugoslav 7...O-O) and 17th round (Yugoslav, Bc4 main line). 11th and 13th round were decisive.  

  • #19

    lol well ok, now I'm untracking my own thread Tongue Out

    Thanks for the answer, agressivesociopath and MSC157. :)

  • #20

    At first when I saw the question I thought that the Dragon was played in one of the Karpov-Korchnoi world championship games. Then I checked and realized that it was the 1974 Candidates Final. HOWEVER, that was pretty much a world championship match, since Fischer didn't defend his title and Karpov became world champion because he won this match. So I don't know if you consider this a WC match or not. Anyway, here's the game, where Karpov derailed it beautifully Laughing


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