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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: 595
Years covered: 1903 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 33.1%
   Black wins 36.3%
   Draws 30.6%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
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 24; games 1-25 of 595  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Marco vs Maroczy  0-1311903Monte CarloB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
2. Spielmann vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-0411909St. PetersburgB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
3. Spielmann vs O Bernstein 0-1251909St. PetersburgB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. Capablanca vs D S Robinson 0-1351909Simul, 22bB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
5. S Mlotkowski vs E W Gruer ½-½371918Off-hand GameB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
6. A G Conde vs M Marchand  1-0501919HastingsB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. A Larsson vs M Marchand  0-1611920Gothenburg BB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
8. W Schlage vs Saemisch 1-029192121. DSB KongressB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
9. Ahues vs M Marchand  1-0401922GER-NEDB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
10. Reti vs Tartakower 1-0741924New YorkB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
11. Alekhine vs M Pinkus 1-0431924Blindfold simul, 26bB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
12. Weenink vs M Lenglez  ½-½341925NED-BELB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
13. Geiler vs Kan  0-1411928Ch MoscowB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
14. Saemisch vs Bogoljubov  ½-½671928It BSGB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
15. L Steiner vs K Richter  0-1401928It Cafe KoenigB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
16. J Torres Caravaca vs Menchik 1-0271929BarcelonaB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
17. L Roedl vs L Engels  1-0381930MatchB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
18. A Gromer vs P Soler  0-1351930Hamburg OlympiadB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
19. Yates vs Tartakower 0-1411930Hamburg OlympiadB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
20. E Straat vs J Montezinos  1-0231930VAS-ASCB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. B Moritz vs L Engels  0-133193127. DSB KongressB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
22. Rellstab vs B Koch  ½-½31193127. DSB KongressB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
23. Yates vs W Winter  1-0271931Hastings 1930/31B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
24. Vladimir Petrov vs M Feigin  1-03119313rd Latvian congress playoffB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
25. L Hanssen vs Vladimir Petrov  0-1431931Prague OlympiadB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-15-04  Knight13: This opening is a well defender but not a good position for attacking.
Sep-16-04  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. http://www.wtharvey.com/b74.html Find the winning move.
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