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Sicilian, Dragon, Classical (B74)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6 6 Be3 Bg7
7 Be2 Nc6 8 O-O O-O 9 Nb3

Number of games in database: 555
Years covered: 1903 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 33.5%
   Black wins 35.3%
   Draws 31.2%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  23 games
Kateryna Lahno  8 games
P Thipsay  8 games
Ponnuswamy Konguvel  5 games
Alexander Khalifman  5 games
Ludwig Engels  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Ragozin vs Veresov, 1945
Kupreichik vs V Tukmakov, 1985
Ragozin vs Taimanov, 1945
Svidler vs Carlsen, 2010
H Kokkoris vs Botvinnik, 1962
D Rensch vs M Perelshteyn, 2001
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 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 555  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Marco vs Maroczy  0-131 1903 Monte CarloB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
2. Spielmann vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-041 1909 St. PetersburgB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
3. Spielmann vs O Bernstein 0-125 1909 St. PetersburgB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. Capablanca vs D S Robinson 0-135 1909 Simul, 22bB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
5. S Mlotkowski vs E W Gruer ½-½37 1918 Off-hand GameB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
6. A G Conde vs M Marchand  1-050 1919 HastingsB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. A Larsson vs M Marchand  0-161 1920 Gothenburg BB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
8. W Schlage vs Saemisch  1-029 1921 21. DSB KongressB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
9. Ahues vs M Marchand  1-040 1922 Match GER-NEDB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
10. Reti vs Tartakower 1-074 1924 New YorkB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
11. Alekhine vs M Pinkus 1-043 1924 Blindfold simul, 26bB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
12. Weenink vs M Lenglez  ½-½34 1925 NED-BEL mB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
13. Geiler vs Kan  0-141 1928 Ch MoscowB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
14. L Steiner vs K Richter  0-140 1928 It Cafe KoenigB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
15. Saemisch vs Bogoljubov  ½-½67 1928 It BSGB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
16. J Torres Caravaca vs Menchik 1-027 1929 BarcelonaB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
17. L Roedl vs L Engels  1-038 1930 MatchB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
18. Yates vs Tartakower  0-141 1930 HamburgB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
19. A Gromer vs P Soler  0-135 1930 Hamburg ol (Men)B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
20. E Straat vs J Montezinos  1-023 1930 VAS-ASCB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. Rellstab vs B Koch  ½-½31 1931 27. DSB KongressB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
22. B Moritz vs L Engels  0-133 1931 27. DSB KongressB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
23. Yates vs W Winter  1-027 1931 Hastings 1930/31B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
24. B Kostic vs Noteboom 1-039 1931 Prague ol (Men)B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
25. L Hanssen vs V Petrov  0-143 1931 Prague ol (Men)B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Knight13: This opening is a well defender but not a good position for attacking.
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  OneArmedScissor: This is about the most passive way to take on the Dragon Sicilian.
Sep-16-04  Giancarlo: Easy to see by the scores. Pretty even statistics. To me Black looks like he has the more active position. I would think 9.nB3 isn't the best option. It takes away centralization of the knight.
Sep-17-04  Helloween: 9.Nb3 is a good solid move, preserving the Knight and controlling a5 and c5 while clearing the d-file. Svidler has espoused the Classical Dragon.

The variation was quite popular decades ago, back when 9...Be6 was played instead of 9...a5!. A main continuation is 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Be2 Nc6 8.O-O O-O 9.Nb3 Be6 10.f4 Na5 11.f5 Bc4 12.Bd3! / , which this database shows has 7 wins for White and 2 draws out of 9 games.

Nowadays, Black usually prefers to play 9...a5 and find a Knight outpost on b4 after that square is weakened by 10.a4. Usually, Black gets equality and nice winning chances, although the positions are not too well-tested, and White's position is not entirely without any electricity, even against strong competition: for example Tseshkovsky vs Azmaiparashvili, 1985

Jan-14-05  redbullion01: "The Classical Variation gives rise to very much more strategic play than the Yugoslav Attack.... .....The Classical appeals to more positionally minded white players." -GM John Emms

from the book Starting Out: The Sicilian

Jun-23-05  waddayaplay: I think that the Yugoslav attack is sounder for white, reflecting itself in the stats also, but as someone who prefers playing the opocensky variation of the Najdorf this feels more at home.
Dec-28-07  Cactus: Actually, 9.Nb3 is neccasary because otherwise, black plays ...d5!, a very useful move.
Mar-30-17  WTHarvey: Here are 22 characteristic chess puzzles from the first 22 moves of B74 Sicilian Dragon games. Find the winning move.
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