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Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack (B76)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6 6 Be3 Bg7
7 f3 O-O

Number of games in database: 1616
Years covered: 1936 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 46.1%
   Black wins 23.9%
   Draws 30.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
John van der Wiel  14 games
Lev Psakhis  11 games
Jan Timman  11 games
Natalia Pogonina  27 games
Mikhail Golubev  18 games
Sergey Kudrin  18 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin, 1956
Nakamura vs Robson, 2012
Karpov vs Miles, 1982
Panov vs Simagin, 1943
K Visweswaran vs C Ward, 2001
Nisipeanu vs Carlsen, 2010
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 page 1 of 65; games 1-25 of 1,616  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Rauzer vs Chekhover ½-½43 1936 All-Union YMB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. Konstantinopolsky vs Kan 1-045 1937 URS-ch10B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. Konstantinopolsky vs I Rudakovsky 1-020 1937 corrB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. Panov vs Kotov 0-149 1937 Moskou ChB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. Rauzer vs Kasparian  1-053 1937 URS-ch10B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. Sokolsky vs Veresov  1-032 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
7. Konstantinopolsky vs P Dubinin  1-074 1940 URS-sfB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. Lilienthal vs Zamikhovsky 1-024 1942 Moscow-chB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. Althausen vs Simagin 0-125 1943 Ch URSB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. Panov vs Simagin 0-131 1943 Moscow (Russia)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Gligoric vs V Tomovic 1-031 1945 YUG-chB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. T J Beach vs Tartakower  0-133 1945 British Forces versus French Forces matchB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. M Czerniak vs G Hand  1-041 1945 Buenos Aires CirculoB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. Boleslavsky vs G Ilivitsky 1-038 1945 Trades Unions Team ChB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Boleslavsky vs C Kottnauer  ½-½38 1946 GroningenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. A Krumins vs R Arlauskas  ½-½31 1946 Augsburg GERB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
17. A Krumins vs F Krautheim  1-026 1946 Augsburg GERB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
18. P Tautvaisas vs F Krautheim  1-029 1946 Augsburg GERB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. M Katetov vs Golombek 1-021 1946 PragueB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. B Simonovic vs I Tekavcic  1-031 1946 JUG-chB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. Pachman vs Sajtar 1-046 1947 ItB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. J Fichtl vs K Hirsch 1-025 1947 Match MCCU-CZEB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. Boleslavsky vs K Plater 0-160 1947 WarsawB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. K Plater vs A Tsvetkov  ½-½32 1947 MoscowB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. I Lesnik vs Joze Siska 0-131 1948 RogatskaB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
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May-18-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: <soughzin> I assume you meant that the knight hops to h5.

Anyway, if you have already exchanged off your h-pawn, then more often than not, the best thing to do is to sacrifice the exchange by playing Rxh5. It is an extremely common sac in these kind of positions. Look at Fischer's games against the Dragon for example, he was very fond of this sacrifice. Karpov also played it many times and was a great expert in defeating the Dragon(as was Fischer). By playing through their games, you will get a feel for the correct continuations after the sacrifice.

May-18-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mating Net: As <KingG> stated: Sac, sac mate, Dragon's fate:)
May-18-06  Akavall: <soughzin> Take a look at this game, it has a thematic rook sacrifice that <KingG> is talking about, and of course the famous 26. Rf5!!

Karpov vs E Gik, 1968

Sep-02-06  Tariqov: <Kwesi> I am an experienced dragon player(i've played it for a long time), this are my comments on your game. 1.e4c5
.....
.....(the opening moves i skip)
9.0-0-0 Bd7?!(this is your first inaccuracy the right move is 9..d5! opening the position and exploiting the fact that White hasn't played Bc4)10.g4 White is better(correctly played by White, Bc4? is a mistake, Black's plan on the Queenside is Rc8,Ne5,Nc4 not like ..Rb8? as played, if Bc4? then the plan rc8-Nc4 gains tempo) and white suddenly blunders with 15.Bxg7?? and i have no comments after that.
Sep-02-06  Nikita Smirnov: I think i have played the Yougoslav attck in Najdorf but the question is:Is there a difference bettwen The Najdorf Yougoslav and the Dragon Yougoslav?
Sep-03-06  NateDawg: <Nikita Smirnov> In the Najdorf Variation, the opening with Be3, Qd2, and f3 is called the English Attack. The main line goes 1. e4 c5 2. ♘f3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. ♘xd4 ♘f6 5. ♘c3 a6 6. ♗e3 e6 7. ♕d2 b5 8. f3.

According to "Standard Chess Openings" by Eric Schiller, "The ideas are similar to those of the Yugoslav Attack in the Dragon Variation, except that Black has not fianchettoed on the kingside and instead has played ...e6. White will castle queenside and launch a pawnstorm with g4 and h4. Unlike the Yugoslav Attack, however, the onslaught takes longer to reach the enemy king, who has not weakened his protective pawn barrier. Black will therefore have extra time to attack on the queenside, but does not have the power of a bishop at g7 to call on, so it is much harder to create sufficient pressure at c3."

Sep-06-06  Nikita Smirnov: Okej sorry but i didn't knew the difference.But it was something in the Najdorf called the yougoslav attack.
Jan-24-07  James Bowman: Seeing that we have a rich resource in chessgames.com's database I like to check the players who most frequently use a certain opening or defence and see how they fare with it. By the players listed here anthony Miles etc.. it does not look so good for the poor old Dragon. My own experience since adopting the yugoslav as my standard answer to the Dragon has born this out. I usually have far better than even odds against players up to 200 points higher than me after that it evens out but even then my opponents only win with much difficulty usually. My opinion is that the Dragon for now is unsound, not that someone can not win with it, but then again people win with H4, but that doesn't prove its sound either.
Jan-24-07  Kean: i think some Dragon-players see h5 as an antidote against h4, which then seem solid enough for a while
Jan-24-07  soughzin: I think James means some people play 1.h4 and win, but it doesn't mean it's good.
Jan-26-07  James Bowman: <yes Soughzin> that was my point exactly
Mar-20-07  LazyNinja: Hey guys. Anybody here play on Chess Live or FICS? I play as NimzoCapa on both (mostly Chess Live now, but also some on FICS in response to specific challenges). Anyway, I play both sides of the Yugoslav Attack and know a lot of the theory pretty deep and would love to get in some good practice games. I'm rated at about 1900 USCF (hopefully a bit stronger in my favorite opening). Think the Dragon's dead? I'd be glad to try to prove anybody wrong. (Though if you're Kasparov you're still going to beat me after I equalize, obviously.)
Mar-20-07  LazyNinja: Hey SicilianDragon:
There's some stuff about Bh6 in the Soltis in IM Martin's new Dragon book. (Mostly not as good as Dearing's but it has a couple interesting lines and analysis.) Anyway, he gives some analysis claiming a refutation to the Nc4 variation. Some sort of improvement involving Rxh8. Have you looked at that line?
Dec-28-07  Cactus: In the line
1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 g6
6. Be3 Bg7
7. f3 O-O
8. Qd2 Nc6
9. g4 Be6
10.Nxe6?! is played very rarely. I've seen all of the games in the database of this, and it seems like white gains a significant advantage. I know a lot of dragon theory, but it seems like dragon books are very scarce on this move (IM Martin's book doesn't mention it at all). What is it that makes white players aprehensive regarding this move?
Jan-27-08  belgradegambit: <Cactus: In the line
1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 g6
6. Be3 Bg7
7. f3 O-O
8. Qd2 Nc6
9. g4 Be6
10.Nxe6?! is played very rarely. I've seen all of the games in the database of this, and it seems like white gains a significant advantage. I know a lot of dragon theory, but it seems like dragon books are very scarce on this move (IM Martin's book doesn't mention it at all). What is it that makes white players aprehensive regarding this move?>

Black's e6 pawn in this case is not weak since the white bishop can't attack from h3 as in the non-9.g4 variations. See games like this Sveshnikov vs Van der Wiel, 1980

Apr-01-08  Cactus: <belgrade> Thanks! <Tariqov> Actually, 9...Bd7 is <not> an inaccuracy, and is becoming quite popular. As well, black's plan isn't Ne5, Nc4 in this position, because white hasn't played Bc4 and Bb3, and thus would be two tempi us. Since I don't play 9...Bd7, I can only vaguely recall, but black plays ...Na5, Nxb3, and advances the queenside pawns
Jun-09-08  offtherook: I must say, to anyone considering the Dragon, it might not be the best option. Players who are much stronger than I am have lost games to me because of this opening—the Yugoslav attack is just so easy and so effective, that you REALLY have to be much better than your opponent to make the Dragon work. It's pretty easy to trade off dark bishops, and from that point White should be able to at least hold the draw. When I play Sicilian, I normally go Najdorf/Scheveningen. Those seem to work out better in my experience.
Jul-20-08  belgradegambit: <offtherook> I guess Magnus Carlsen disagrees with you. The lack of popularity in the past several years has been a boon to us Dragon players. When I play on the ICC I find a lot of White players "kinda" know the Yugoslav attack. They get splattered by the tactics every time.
Jul-20-08  lorker: some lines of the dragon ( like the chinese dragon) may be slightly worse for black fi white plays perfectly, but in general they will work well anyway, since most people do not enough theory to outplay these players. And certainly the mainline Rc8 line cannot be bad for black ( Kasparov and Tiviakov have won many games with it). The dragon has many variations and I do not believe it is unsound. It is risky yes, and black must be prepared to go all in in some lines but in general as a dragon player I feel like I win more games with the opening than I lose. I do not think it is unsound at all.
Aug-18-08  Cactus: I think the Dragon is an opening that must be either studied hard, or not at all. A well equiped Dragon player is a powerful thing, but even GM's often make mistakes in the opening that even I can spot, not because I'm any good, simply because I study the Dragon a lot. But, many players don't want to spend that much time on an opening, and that's understandable.
Aug-25-08  Xeroxx: search "Karpov B75-78"
Jan-08-11  Penguincw: I think this is my favourite opening to play as black.
Jan-08-11  MaxxLange: White must prepare deeply for the complex tactics of the main lines, or, instead: specialize in the Classical Dragon, with some Levenfish for good measure

Dragon players must spend so much energy keeping up with novelties in the Yugoslav attack, that it may be possible to outflank them theoretically, by hitting them with stuff from the 1930's

Dec-14-11  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♘f6 5.♘c3 g6 6.♗e3 ♗g7 7.f3


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Jan-28-12  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Sicilian, Dragon Variation
1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♘f6 5. ♘c3 g6


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