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Sicilian, Dragon Variation (B70)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6

Number of games in database: 1005
Years covered: 1926 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 38.2%
   Black wins 31.6%
   Draws 30.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vlastimil Jansa  27 games
Ratmir Kholmov  19 games
Milan Matulovic  15 games
Simon Kim Williams  15 games
Dragoljub Velimirovic  13 games
Mikhail Golubev  13 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Y Gusev vs E Auerbach, 1946
V Borsony vs A Laustsen, 1956
K Rahn vs Rellstab, 1941
Bronstein vs Tal, 1982
M Rubil vs D Feletar, 2010
C B van den Berg vs Larsen, 1959
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 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,005  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Najdorf vs Frenkel 1-020 1926 Warsaw, PolandB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
2. Alekhine / Koltanowski vs Antwerp  ½-½35 1934 Antwerp tandem blindB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
3. Ragozin vs Lisitsin 1-076 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
4. Goglidze vs Lisitsin  ½-½103 1935 MoscowB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
5. Book vs V Petrov  ½-½36 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
6. Rauzer vs Ragozin ½-½33 1936 TournamentB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. Chekhover vs Kan 0-132 1936 All-Union YMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
8. Tolush vs Chekhover  0-139 1936 Trade UnionsB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
9. Riumin vs Goglidze  ½-½20 1936 All-Union YMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
10. L Steiner vs C Watson  1-026 1936 Pietzcker tournamentB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
11. E Steiner vs Golombek  ½-½58 1937 7th olm finalB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
12. Panov vs Kan  0-130 1937 URS-ch10B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
13. Keres vs Reshevsky ½-½21 1938 Hastings 1937/38B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
14. Chekhover vs Bastrikov  1-038 1938 Trade UnionsB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
15. D Rovner vs Chekhover  0-138 1938 Trade UnionsB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
16. K Plater vs K Poschauko  0-145 1938 KrakowB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
17. P Michel vs B Koch  1-040 1938 GER-ch 5thB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
18. E Rojahn vs E Rotunno  1-029 1939 Buenos Aires ol (Men) f-BB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
19. J S Diaz Perez vs Trompowsky  0-135 1939 Buenos Aires ol (Men) prel-AB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
20. M Stolberg vs Chekhover  1-045 1940 URS-sfB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
21. Konstantinopolsky vs G Goldberg  ½-½21 1940 URS-sfB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
22. G Littman vs F Reinfeld  0-137 1940 USA ChB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
23. K Rahn vs Rellstab 1-08 1941 GermanyB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
24. Kieninger vs P F Schmidt  ½-½36 1941 GER-chB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
25. P F Schmidt vs H Kranki  1-050 1941 GER-chB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
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Dec-26-04  SnipingBishop: Hi, im a dragoneer too! <SicilianDragon> i have both Chris Ward's books and im shocked to hear that his recommended ...Qa5 line is refuted!? can you please give me some explanation and example games if possible?
Dec-26-04  SnipingBishop: Oh yeah BTW i dont get how 2...g6 can avoid 3 c3. Wont White still be able to support his d pawn and establish a strong centre with pawns on e4 and d4?
Feb-08-05  akashic: 2 g6 doesn't avoid c3 but if white were to play it he would have a hard time mantaining his classical centre.
Mar-26-05  Cornwallis: hey eddy dearings new book on the dragon is out great book practically refutes the open sicilian
Mar-26-05  Cornwallis: nice to know that tere are a lot of other dragoneers like me out there
Mar-26-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eric Schiller: <snipingbishop> The 10...Qa5 line is not refuted. That was the title of the article, but a little work finds improvements for Black, already played! As for 2...g6 3.c3, it isn't a big deal for White. You can avoid it with 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3/Nc3 c5, leading to very interesting and often unexplored lines. None of the anti-Sicilian systems are particularly scary these days, so nothing wrong with the traditional move order. Whatever you do, you have learn all the alternative lines. In the Yugoslav, don't neglect Black's alternatives to 9...Bd7, some of them are fun and White is generally unprepared!
May-28-05  AdrianP: Here's a blitz game of mine which shows how even a patzer like me can follow the sac, sac, mate formula.

Fritz's analysis awarded me three exclamation marks... which is an all-time record for me.

AP-RL [B75]
Rated game, 5m + 5s Main Playing Hall, 28.05.2005
[Fritz 8 (60s)]

B75: Sicilian Dragon: Yugoslav Attack, Miscellaneous
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 g6 7.f3 Bg7 8.Qd2 0-0 9.h4 [ 9.Bh6 Nc6 10.Bxg7 Kxg7 11.Bc4 Bd7 12.Bb3 Qc7 13.0-0-0 b5 14.h4 Na5 15.h5 Rh8 16.Nd5 Nxb3+ 17.axb3 Nxd5 18.exd5 Rhc8 19.hxg6 Rh8 20.Qh6+ 1-0 Livensky,E-Nikolaev,A/Kiev 2002/EXT 2003] 9...Qb6N [ 9...Nh5 10.0-0-0 Qc7 11.Nd5 Qd8 12.Ne2 Nd7 13.g4 e6 14.Ndc3 Bxc3 15.Qxc3 Qf6 16.gxh5 Qxf3 17.Bh6 Qxc3 18.Nxc3 Re8 19.Rxd6 Nf6 20.hxg6 hxg6 21.Bg5 Nh5 22.Rg1 b5 23.Be2 Ng7 24.h5 Paramos Dominguez,R-Blas,J/Mondariz 1998/EXT 2002/1-0; 9...b5 10.Bh6 e5 11.Nb3 Bxh6 12.Qxh6 b4 13.Ne2 Qc7 14.Qg5 Ne8 15.Qd2 a5 16.a3 Nc6 17.axb4 Nxb4 18.c3 Nc6 19.h5 Be6 20.Nbc1 Rd8 21.Nd3 Bc4 22.Ng3 d5 23.hxg6 fxg6 24.exd5 Brasch,H-Konieczka,F/Germany 1988/GER-chT/- (42); 9...d5 10.Bh6 Bxh6 11.Qxh6 e5 12.Nb3 d4 13.Nd5 Be6 14.c4 Nc6 15.h5 Bxd5 16.exd5 Nb4 17.Qd2 a5 18.a3 Na6 19.hxg6 fxg6 20.Qxa5 Qxa5+ 21.Nxa5 Nc5 22.b4 Rf7 23.Kd1 e4 24.Kc2 Middelburg,T-Slaa,R/Hengelo 1994/EXT 2001/0-1 (55); 9...d5!? should be examined more closely 10.exd5 Nxd5] 10.0-0-0 Nc6 [ 10...Qa5] 11.Nf5! Discovered attack 11...Qc7 [ 11...gxf5 12.Bxb6] 12.Nxg7 Kxg7 13.Bh6+ Kg8 14.Bxf8 Kxf8 15.g4 Be6 16.h5 Ne5 [ 16...Qa5 is no salvation 17.Qh6+ Ke8 18.hxg6 fxg6 19.g5 ] 17.Be2 [ 17.hxg6 keeps an even firmer grip 17...fxg6 18.g5 Nh5 ] 17...gxh5 [ 17...Qc5 does not help much 18.hxg6 fxg6 19.g5 ] 18.g5 [ 18.gxh5?! b5 ] 18...Nfd7 19.Rxh5 Kg7 [ 19...b5 doesn't change anything anymore 20.f4 b4 21.Na4 ( 21.fxe5?! is no comparison 21...bxc3 22.Qxc3 Qxc3 23.bxc3 Nxe5 ) ] 20.Rdh1 [ 20.f4 seems even better 20...Rh8 ] 20...Nf8 21.g6! Demolition of pawn structure 21...fxg6 Blocks the square `8 [ 21...Kxg6 Decoy theme: g6 22.Qh6#] 22.Rxh7+! Demolishes the pawn shield. 22...Nxh7 23.Qh6+ Kf7 [ 23...Kf6 does not solve anything 24.Qh4+ ( 24.Qxh7 Qc5 ) 24...Ng5 25.f4 ] 24.Qxh7+ Ke8 25.Qh8+ Kd7 26.Qxa8 b5 [ 26...Qc8 the last chance for counterplay 27.Qxc8+ Kxc8 ] 27.Rh8 Nf7 28.Qe8# (Lag: Av=0.48s, max=1.1s) 1-0

Oct-08-05  AlexanderMorphy: why isn't the dragon played more often at GM Level? I know that they prefer the Najdorf but i'd expected them to play it more often than 2 games out of 1000!
Oct-09-05  AlexanderMorphy: I don't really like the Yugoslav attack and have lost quite a lot of games with it..but i have been QUITE successful with the dragon and am wondering why it's not played more often at the highest level?
Oct-09-05  bob000: The Yugoslav attack in the hands of a master is truly something to be feared.
Oct-28-05  DanielBryant: After the ...Rc3 sack, if White manages to trade queens, how are the endgames for Black? From my experience, Black nearly has enough compensation for the exchange, but I don't know how this normally plays out.
Oct-28-05  russep: It's usually hard for white to win most game I have seen are draws. Blacks pawn structure is really good in the endgame in the dragon.
Oct-28-05  AlexanderMorphy: well when was the last time the yugoslav attack was seen in a major tournament?
Mar-09-06  Kelvieto: Alot of top Gms know how to play dragon. I am sure you can find Ivanchuk, Topalov, and Aronian games in chessbase database.
Feb-14-07  Supergrandmaster: The Sicilian Dragon is the favorite rebellious defense, leading to brawling, Fischer-styled games. It is highly complicated by black's g7 bishop, whose placement requires extra tempi, but proves to be a powerful long term weapon, especially if white should be arrogant enough to castle long. Let anyone dare say that the dragon is slain -- he will be proven wrong sooner than he thinks!
Aug-18-07  Cactus: Yes, it seems that castling long is inferior.
Dec-22-07  Cactus: What? No it isn't!
Dec-22-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Cactus> LOL... Always nice to answer your own post(s)!
Dec-22-07  Jim Bartle: What are you talking about, wannabe?
Dec-22-07  Jim Bartle: Oh, now I see.
Mar-31-09  haraldols: mmkmkmkmkm
Mar-31-09  MaxxLange: <After the ...Rc3 sack, if White manages to trade queens, how are the endgames for Black?>

They're fine. It's usually hard for White to get meaningful open files for his Rooks.

Apr-21-12  Tigranny: This variation is very aggressive just like my style of play. I like it.
Jun-15-12  Tigranny: Adding to my previous comment, it's not my true favorite opening like the Old Indian Defense or favorite Sicilian Variation like the Najdorf.
Jun-12-13  Tigranny: Actually, I'm starting to like this as my favorite Sicilian. I've struggled more with the Najdorf.
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