Mastery: Openings

The Fighting Dragon

The Fighting Dragon

Join IM Keaton Kiewra on a tour of his favorite opening, the Dragon Sicilian. The Dragon has long been a favorite of attacking stars, including Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura. You'll see their games and more in this detailed examination of an exciting opening.
  • The Fighting Dragon - Part 1: The Yugoslav Attack

    IM-Elect Keaton Kiewra debuts a series about fire-breathing beasts! The introduction video into the Yugoslav Attack brings us one of the original "stem games" in the 9.Bc4 variation with a battle between Karpov and Kortchnoi. Bottle up some of Keaton's...

    • 22 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Fighting Dragon - Part 2: 9. 0-0-0 with Nxd4!

    This weekend, IM-Elect Keaton Kiewra continues his series on the infamous Dragon Sicilian with a victory of his own from the US Chess League! Here we see Keaton take on d4, but rather than win by a queenside attack, he "puts the breaks" on white's kingside...

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Fighting Dragon - Part 3: 9. 0-0-0 with d5!

    Keaton Kiewra, better known as "The Dragon Master", brings his initial segment in the Dragon Video Series to a close today with flare! First he reviews the critical ins-and-outs of the 9...d5 variation, then he astonishes us with a brilliant win by the...

    • 27 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Fighting Dragon - Part 4: The Prophylactic 12...h5!

    Keaton displays the critical lines of the Soltis (...h5) Variation, focusing mainly on White's direct idea of 16.Bh6. The theory is deep and complex, with "nerves of steel" required, but Keaton's clear explanations of the common patterns with the Dragon...

    • 28 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Fighting Dragon - Part 5: Clash of the Titans

    To follow up on his installment in the Soltis (...h5) Variation, IM Kiewra reviews a game between two of the best players in the world! He highlights critical move order differences for the advanced player's, and then, along with the rest of us, he enjoys...

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Fighting Dragon - Part 6: The Offbeat 9. g4!

    9.g4 is exciting, tricky, and a must know for Black players who intend of playing the Dragon as a regular part of their repertoire. IM Kiewra focuses on Black's three main options, including the controversial piece sacrifice on g4.

    • 26 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Fighting Dragon - Part 7: The Chinese Dragon

    IM Kiewra is back this month to continue his series on the Fighting Dragon! He reviews a game in the Chinese Dragon between GMs Zhigalko and Bu Xiangzhi. As to be expected with Keaton, he does a great job highlighting the patterns of each position, the...

    • 26 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Fighting Dragon - Part 8: The Classical System

    After seven installments of Yugoslav Attack formations, IM Keaton Kiewra switches gears and talks about how Dragon players should face the more restrained Classical System, which involves white castling kingside instead of queenside. He shows what to...

    • 20 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Fighting Dragon - Part 9: Levenfish and g3 Variations

    Dragon players beware! After eight informative videos where black can basically develop on autopilot, IM Kiewra warns not to be so casual against a few of white's offbeat setups. In case of an early f4 (Levenish) or g3 system, black needs to play ...Nc6...

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Fighting Dragon - Part 10: The Finale and Fireworks!

    IM Keaton Kiewra finishes his complete series on the Dragon by showing his attempt to garner a second GM norm. In a crazy position with both kings on the run, black's finds more shelter, but the talented Hess continues to create complications until the...

    • 24 min
    • 5 challenges
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