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|Mar-27-04|| ||ds99bwood9: 4.e5 is bad as it leaves a backward pawn on the d-file which white will place immense pressure on. I myself play the Chekhover and the best continuation for black is indeed 4.a6, although white continues development with Bg5 and prepares for castling queenside. But, ruy you are indeed correct that black can launch (as I have encountered) a massive queenside attack if white falls behind in development, so for those wishing to avoid this an early c4 helps bind the centre and counters black pawn breaks... although this leaves a hole which I'm not particularly happy about, but by all means the position is playable. Of course, your opponent could screw you with 2.e6, forcing you into mainline theory. But hey, deal with it! |
|Mar-28-04|| ||refutor: any opinions on this line? i faced it for the first time in a rated game today and the opening went|
White : NN
Black : Refutor
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5 a6 <i know that ...Bd7 is theory> 6.Bxc6+ bxc6 7.O-O Nf6 <7. ... e5 is better, the "dragon" setup isn't optimal> 8.Nc3 g6 9.Bg5 Bg7 10.Qd3 <worried about potential tactics down the long diagonal?> 10. ... O-O 11.Rad1 Bb7 12.e5 dxe5 13.Qxd8 Rfxd8 14.Rxd8+ Rxd8 15.Nxe5
this is a pretty even position and i know basically nothing about this line. how does white aim for more than equality in this line? also is 4.Qxd4 viable v. 2. ...e6 for instance?
|Mar-28-04|| ||SicilianDragon: Overall, it probably isn't best to fall into White's plans with 4...Nc6. Instead, you may want to employ somethign a little more subtle such as 4...Bd7. Then, after 5. c4 Nc6 6. Qd2, you can head for a Dragon setup with 6...g6. Also, there is no real need to play a6 so early given that White is going to capture of c6 eventually anyway. You also may want to try 5...Bg4!? which looks very interesting. 4. Qxd4 is just kind of an offbeat opening where White aims for quick developement and (usually) queenside castling with something like 4...Nc6 5. Bb5 Bd7 6. Bxc6 Bxc6 7. Nc3 Nf6 8. Bg5 e6 9. O-O-O. Rather than going with that or enticing White to chop off the knight, 5...Bg4 or 4...Bd7 both look like they should get White out of any opening preparation. Qxd4 is, like most anti-Siclians against 2...d6 (eg 3. Bb5+) based on quick development. 3. Bb5+ is based on quick development of the kingside pieces and an early O-O while Qxd4 shows that White wants to development his queenside pieces and connect his rooks (usually with O-O-O) as quickly as possible. Realistically, if Black has an IQ greater than 10 he should be able to equalize out of the opening and it is more or less used for surprise value then for its strength as an opening. |
|Mar-29-04|| ||ds99bwood9: <4...Bd7 both look like they should get White out of any opening preparation.> ... 4.Bd7 is mainline theory, for which White's best responses are either 5.Bg5 or 5.Be3, allowing White to continue rapid development and enable early castling long. Whilst I agree that 5...Bg4 may well take White out of opening preparation, to all intents and purposes if White wishes to castle long then plans to disrupt the kingside pawn structure at this time seem irrelevant. Also, White can maintain a slight advantage with an early c4, binding the centre (as many have said) and countering a fair few of Black's attacking options. So, in all fairnness Dragon, equality is perhaps not as easy to achieve as you assume, as many fine wins have been achieved with this opening. That said, mainline theory I will agree is still a better option to pursue, but for those like myself who have university studies to contend with, learning less theory and spending more time on positional play is probably time well spent. In answer to refutor's question in response to 2...e6, unless you are willing to sacrifice a tempo early on, which with most sicilian setups is not particularly wise, the best bet I'm afraid is to enter mainline theory and pursue maybe the English Attack. That's my two cents. |
|Nov-20-04|| ||FearsomePawn: I recently played a6. In an online game and my opponent replied Be3, but when I played Nc6 he played Qb6!? then his blockade of my b-pawn caused me some trouble. Should I take the queen? |
|Nov-20-04|| ||acirce: <Should I take the queen?> Yes. The ensuing endgame is almost completely equal. It may seem boring to some but certainly it has chances for both. In that sense Black should be happy with the opening. Black will have to play moves like ..Kf8 that may seem awkward but is no big deal in lines such as|
6.Qb6 Qxb6 7.Bxb6 g6 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.Nd5 Kf8 10.0-0-0 Nf6
or 8..Bh6!? 9.Nd5 Kf8 10.Be2 Kg7
|Aug-11-05|| ||bomb the bishop: Just like to ask anyone that knows of any good books on this opening, if they can post the books titles, I feel this is a very strong opening|
|Aug-12-05|| ||bishopmate: This is a cool Sicilian position I reached while playing a game. |
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Nf6 8.Bg5 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 0-0 12.Nc2 Rb8 13.h4 Bd7 14.g3 Be7 15.Bg2 Be6 16.Nce3 Qd7 17.Qd3 Bd8 18.0-0 Ne7 19.Rfd1 Qa7
I played the move 20. h5 here looking for some initiative on the kingside maybe. Do you guys think that was the right decision to take, if now what do you recommend i should have done?
|Aug-13-05|| ||SEMENELIN: 20. h5 is too early there are many moves h5 is too early f3 is more better. The knight and the bishop are too watch out.|
|Sep-02-05|| ||bishopmate: <SEMELIN> doesn't f3 look a little dangerous?... especially in lines like bxd5 exd5 bb6? or bxd5 exd5 f5?|
|Sep-03-05|| ||SEMENELIN: <bishopmate> ur line is different =)|
|Sep-18-05|| ||bomb the bishop: Any good books on this opening?
|Sep-19-05|| ||midknightblue: shout there was a great lecture available through the net (put together by ICC/chess.fm on this opening. I cannot remember, GM Larry Christiansen maybe, did it, not sure.|
|Sep-03-06|| ||Tariqov: <sicilian dragon>In my opinion i disagree, i think 4...Nc6 is better then the other moves, even kasparov played Nc6. All you have to be prepared is that you should know about Bg5-xf6, Be7-xf6(not gxf6?) when white should not take the pawn Qxd6 as you will gain some counterplay with Bxc3 or Qa5 Rd8 etc.|
|Sep-03-06|| ||KingG: I used to play 4...Nc6, but after reading 'Anti-Sicilians: A guide for black' by Dorian Rogozenko, i switched to his recommendation of 4...a6, after which Black gets an even more comfortable game.|
|Nov-01-06|| ||BaranDuin: This opening is great for white if he wants a draw against a stronger player or if he likes a more positional Maroczy-like type of game.|
|Nov-09-06|| ||WarmasterKron: It's also good for white if s/he doesn't want to learn mountains of theory that come with 4.Nxd4.|
|Nov-09-06|| ||WannaBe: <KingG> Never seen the 4...a6 move, but after looking in the DB, I see there are quite a few games.|
What is the idea behind moving a6?
|Nov-09-06|| ||alicefujimori: <WannaBe>Preventing the bishop from pinning the c6 knight.|
|Nov-09-06|| ||WannaBe: <alicefujimori> Okay, thanks, same move is seen in the Najdorf variation. Should have thought of that. =)|
|Nov-09-06|| ||e4Newman: in the mainline najdorf ...a6 was actually intended to prevent Nb5 but of course it also works well to prevent Bb5|
|Nov-09-06|| ||WarmasterKron: Something I've been playing around with this evening. It's probably completely unsound (according to the Opening Explorer, it's never been played in this database - rarely a good sign), but that's never bothered me in the past:|
Someone tell me what's not quite right about it, please.
|Nov-10-06|| ||e4Newman: one thing i can say for sure, it's very refreshing to see new ideas like that|
|Jan-17-08|| ||Arbitrarily0: This is actually called the Chekhover Variation. How come this page makes no mention of it?|
|May-24-09|| ||battaile: WarmasterKron: Definitely looks playable, I'm guessing the reason its not played is that it creates a weakness on e6?|
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