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Sicilian, Dragon, Classical (B73)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6 6 Be3 Bg7
7 Be2 Nc6 8 O-O

Number of games in database: 1007
Years covered: 1883 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 29.8%
   Black wins 35.4%
   Draws 34.9%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Wolfgang Unzicker  15 games
Atousa Pourkashiyan  8 games
Efim Geller  7 games
Karl Gilg  10 games
Eduard Gufeld  7 games
Henry Bird  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Foltys vs Golombek, 1947
Illescas Cordoba vs S Rachels, 1987
D Galula vs Leone, 1955
Lasker vs Ragozin, 1936
M Brody vs Pillsbury, 1900
M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch, 1889
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 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,007  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Englisch vs Bird 1-0591883LondonB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
2. Mackenzie vs Bird 1-0341883LondonB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
3. A Schottlaender vs Bird 1-07518833rd DSB Congress, NurembergB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. C Leffmann vs Bird ½-½6318833rd DSB Congress, NurembergB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
5. J Minckwitz vs E Schallopp  1-04518854th DSB Congress, HamburgB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
6. Mackenzie vs Bird  1-03718862nd BCA CongressB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch 0-1421887Nuernberg mB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
8. M Judd vs A Hodges  0-1711888Judd - HodgesB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
9. Gunsberg vs Bird 1-04818884th BCA CongressB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
10. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch 0-1331889NurembergB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
11. D G Baird vs M Weiss 1-011318896th American Chess Congress, New YorkB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
12. L Van Vliet vs Bird ½-½571889B.C.A. MastersB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
13. Englisch vs M Weiss ½-½321890Kolisch MemorialB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
14. O C Mueller vs Tinsley  ½-½191891Tinsley - Mueller mB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
15. N Jasnogrodsky vs F J Lee  1-0351892B.C.A. NationalB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
16. Showalter vs Lipschutz 0-1611892US Championship matchB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
17. H Voigt vs Lasker 0-1821892Match seriesB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
18. A Ponce vs Lasker 0-1361893MatchB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
19. Taubenhaus vs Lasker 0-1371893Impromptu International Congress, New YorkB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
20. Albin vs Pillsbury 1-0611893Impromptu International Congress, New YorkB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. Showalter vs E Delmar ½-½4718931st City Chess Club TournamentB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
22. T Physick vs W Wayte  1-0311894tt City CC vsB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
23. Schlechter vs K De Weydlich 0-16218949th DSB Congress, LeipzigB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
24. E Delmar vs W P Shipley 1-0541896Manhattan CC - Franklin CCB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
25. A Hodges vs D S Robinson  1-0401897Franklin CC v Manhattan CC Telegraph MatchB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-24-05  mind: One of the benefits of this opening is that:white creates a good defensive position and at the same time,the pieces are well developed.
Feb-26-06  gebminds: Yes, but the line leads to more boring and less active play. the intentions behind the Yugoslav Attack (moves f3, Bc4 and Qd2 by white)are completely isolated from the picture. I play the dragon often, and find that in classical variations, the games are usually a draw.
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  WannaBe: Have to study this opening... And possibly all it's side variations.

Gonna be a looooong project.

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  WTHarvey: Here's a collection of 41 characteristic puzzles from the B73 Classical Dragon: Find the winning move.

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