Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Chessgames premium membership fee will increase to $39 per year effective June 15, 2023. Enroll Now!

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: 3179
Years covered: 1935 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 45.9%
   Black wins 24.0%
   Draws 30.1%

Popularity graph, by decade

Explore this opening  |  Search for sacrifices in this opening.
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
John van der Wiel  16 games
Lev Psakhis  15 games
Milan Mrdja  13 games
Gawain Jones  33 games
Natalija Pogonina  30 games
Miso Cebalo  29 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
Barcza vs Filip, 1953
Efimenko vs R Forster, 2011
<< previous chapter next chapter >>

 page 1 of 128; games 1-25 of 3,179  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Konstantinopolsky vs Lisitsin  ½-½371935Trade Unions Championship sfB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. V Kirillov vs I Rudakovsky  0-1361936Kharkov championshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. V Rauzer vs V Goglidze  ½-½411936All-Union Young MastersB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. V Rauzer vs V Chekhover ½-½431936All-Union Young MastersB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. A Konstantinopolsky vs I Rudakovsky 1-0201937corrB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. N Golovko vs Kupis 1-0241937Rostov-on-Don championshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
7. Panov vs Kotov 0-1491937Ch MoscowB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. V Rauzer vs Kasparian 1-0531937URS-ch10B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. A Konstantinopolsky vs I Kan 1-0451937URS-ch10B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. Tolush vs Lisitsin  1-0751938Trade Unions ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. G Bastrikov vs Lisitsin  0-1471938Trade Unions ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. D Rovner vs Lisitsin  ½-½451938Trade Unions ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. Sokolsky vs Veresov 1-032193811th USSR Championship SemifinalB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. A Konstantinopolsky vs P Dubinin  1-0741940URS-sfB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Lilienthal vs A Zamikhovsky 1-0241942Moscow ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. Althausen vs Simagin 0-1251943MoscowB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
17. Panov vs Simagin 0-131194323rd Ch MoscowB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
18. Boleslavsky vs G Ilivitsky 1-0381945Ch Trade Unions (team)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. T J Beach vs Tartakower  0-1331945British Forces versus French Forces matchB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. M Czerniak vs G Hand 1-0411945Buenos Aires CirculoB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. Gligoric vs V Tomovic 1-0311945Yugoslav ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. J Piechota vs T Ciejka  0-1321946Polish ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. Boleslavsky vs C Kottnauer  ½-½381946GroningenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. A Krumins vs R Arlauskas  ½-½311946AugsburgB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. A Krumins vs F Krautheim  1-0261946AugsburgB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
 page 1 of 128; games 1-25 of 3,179  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
May-18-06  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  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'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"
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Premium Chessgames Member
  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

click for larger view

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

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

click for larger view

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 3)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific opening only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC