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Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation (B71)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6 6 f4

Number of games in database: 231
Years covered: 1939 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 44.2%
   Black wins 32.9%
   Draws 22.9%

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Brian Eley  4 games
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A J Whiteley  6 games
Samuel Reshevsky  5 games
Mikhail Golubev  4 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Nezhmetdinov vs P Ermolin, 1946
Tal vs Lisitsin, 1956
Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1948
Ljubojevic vs Miles, 1980
N Illijin vs M Cebalo, 1999
Nunn vs Miles, 1982
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 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 231  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Levenfish vs I Rabinovich 1-045 1939 USSR ChampionshipB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
2. M Czerniak vs Pelikan  1-057 1945 Buenos Aires chB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
3. M Finkelstein vs R Konkel  1-040 1945 US OpenB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
4. Bronstein vs Averbakh 1-041 1946 Ch MoscowB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
5. Nezhmetdinov vs P Ermolin 1-015 1946 Kazan chB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
6. Randviir vs Simagin  1-056 1947 TournamentB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
7. Boleslavsky vs C Kottnauer  ½-½53 1947 MoscowB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
8. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-012 1948 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
9. Julio Bolbochan vs H Rossetto  ½-½71 1948 Ch Argentina (match)B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
10. Averbakh vs Lisitsin 0-139 1948 USSR ChampionshipB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
11. Pilnik vs Kashdan 1-028 1948 New YorkB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
12. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-151 1949 LeningradB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
13. P F Schmidt vs B H Wood  1-048 1949 Hastings 1948/49B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
14. C Joachim vs Dake  0-124 1949 Pacific Northwest ChampionshipB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
15. Pilnik vs E Eliskases  ½-½34 1950 Mar del PlataB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
16. Rellstab vs Morcken  ½-½46 1950 Dubrovnik olmB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
17. Eigil Pedersen vs A Zografakis 1-010 1950 Dubrovnik olmB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
18. J Fuller vs O Barda  ½-½57 1950 Hastings 4950B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
19. L Majstorovic vs Vidmar  ½-½24 1951 YUG-ch 6thB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
20. W Estrada Degrandi vs R Toran Albero  0-140 1951 San RafaelB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
21. Szily vs E Gereben  ½-½29 1951 HUN-ch 07B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
22. A Mengarini vs Reshevsky 1-027 1951 New York, USA ChB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
23. L Schmid vs Gilg 1-024 1951 GER-ch 14thB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
24. G Katragadda vs B Nyren 0-139 1952 Liverpool ttB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
25. N Kopaev vs Korchnoi 0-136 1952 OdessaB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  RonB52734: Has this opening been refuted? Or just fallen out of favor?
Jul-14-04  SicilianDragon: Mostly fallen out of favor because black can easily equalize with both 6...Nc6 and 6...Ndb7. However, there are still a few unsuspecting persons who fall for it and play 6...Bg7?
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  RonB52734: <SicilianDragon> Thanks for the reply. I see an example of the problem with 6...Bg7? in the game J L Alvarez vs C Hounie Fleurquin, 1961 which you have kibitzed as well.
Jul-14-04  SicilianDragon: This is certainly a trappy variation, but poses no threat against experienced opposition.
Jul-14-04  Helloween: This is one of the most rarely played openings that actually has its own ECO code. 6...Bg7? is of course bad, and both 6...Nc6 and 6...Nbd7 give Black a good position as mentioned earlier. My personal preference, 6...a6, also gives Black a strong position, as preventing Bb5+ is very important. Bronstein vs Tukmakov, 1971 shows 6...a6 in action.
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  RonB52734: This variation was mentioned fairly prominently in a novel, written several decades ago (the 1980s?), about a woman world champion, "The Queen's Gambit."
Jul-19-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Ron, I remember the novel "Queen's Gambit" by Tevis(?) from 1983, I think. I recall the parts about sex and dope-smoking, but not f4 against the Dragon. This selective chess reading perhaps explains why I did not pursue chess more seriously in my youth.
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  RonB52734: Lol. It does not, however, explain your nickname!
Oct-04-04  tacticsjokerxxx: <SicilianDragon>

6...♘c6 being considered the best move here... (♗g7 being obviosly bad and ♘bd7 doens't look so hot either) what happens after 7.♘xc6 - bxc6 8. e5? I personlly don't think I'd favour that position as black, mostly because i just hate it when i get my queen's knight exchanged for a king's knight, which is why I usually delay the development of my queen's knight a bit, which obviosly doesn't work too well against the levenfish.. but also because the early f4+e5 pawn advance ruins the aesthetic quality of the dragon... hm.. what is one to do... fish vs dragon...

Nov-17-04  ConspTheory06: Yes although 6...Nc6 refutes the levenfish most people who play the dragon want to get ready to castle right away so they play 6...Bg7 alot of the time. I just yesterday played this variation in my High School Match and won beautifully even after he saved the knight with a double knight sac. It went like this: 1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 g6
6. f4 Bg7?
7. e5 dxe5
8. fxe5 Nd5
9. Bb5+ Kd8
10. Qf3 Nxc3
11. 0-0 Qxd4+
12. Be3 Qd5
13. Rad1! Qxd1
14. Qxf7#
After 13. Rad1! Back cannot defend both mate on d8 and f7 if he moves the queen his best variation is 13...Be6 but then after 14. Bc4 he is still lost.
May-08-07  Elixir of Life: <ConspTheory06> What about <7...Nh5>?? Isn't it a better move ?
Dec-22-07  Cactus: Actually, it is a bid surprise to me that 6...Bg7 is getting bashed. It is certainly a good book move; for example, Emms, in his book on the Dragon, seems to think it is black's best responce to the Levenfish. After 7.e5 Nh5 (Elixir was right; this is the best move)
8.Bb5+ (g4? is worse for white after 8...Nxf4 9.Bxf4 dxe5) Bd7 with an equal game. As well, <tacticsjokerxxx> Nbd7 is actually an exellent move, after which black soon gains equality. For example: Ljubojevic-Miles 1.e4 c5
2.Nf3 d6
3.d4 cxd4
4.Nxd4 Nf6
5.Nc3 g6
6.f4 Nbd7
7.Nf3 (still trying for e5)Qc7
8.Bd3 Bg7
9.O-O O-O
Here we have:

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Where the game is aboutequal, and black can attack white's e4 pawn by ...a6, ...b5, ...Bb7, ...Nf4, and can certainly defend himself against a white attack.

Dec-22-07  Cactus: Sorry, that wasn't Emms, that was Andrew Martin.
Aug-20-08  zoren: of course Bg7 isn't bad but Nc6 just stops e5's sting almost immediately. the Nh5 move after e5 used to be regarded as disadvantageous for black in the pre-computer days because it seems dangerous, but computers for awhile have proved it is playable.

even during the 21st century, the Nh5 move wasn't really preferred by dragon players, since the character of the struggle shifts, even though it is objectively playable.

Aug-20-08  Cactus: True, but really it's all just playing style. Personally, I play 6...Nbd7
Mar-24-17  WTHarvey: Here's a collection of 29 traps in the B71 Levenfish: Find the winning moves.
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