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Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4 (B79)
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 Bc4 Bd7 10 O-O-O Qa5 11 Bb3 Rfc8 12 h4

Number of games in database: 13
Years covered: 1961 to 2016
Overall record:
   White wins 23.1%
   Black wins 38.5%
   Draws 38.5%

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M Mulyar vs T Battsetseg, 2003
Naroditsky vs Nakamura, 2015
A Sterck vs A Zubarev, 2012
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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Zurakhov vs Y Rostovtsev  1-0271961Ukrainian ChampionshipB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
2. Stein vs Gufeld  ½-½251973Moscow-3teamsB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
3. C Carlson vs R Shean 1-0301973CUDC OpenB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
4. J Przewoznik vs G Chrapkowski  0-1341976Polish ChampionshipB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
5. A Kovacevic vs Golubev ½-½281990Novi Sad jrB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
6. K Neumeier vs Golubev  0-1341993Loosdorf OpenB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
7. K Kulaots vs Golubev  ½-½511995Weilburg NBG OpenB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
8. M Mulyar vs T Battsetseg 1-0492003United States ChampionshipB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
9. H Walsh vs B Roselli Mailhe 0-1352003American ContinentalB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
10. N Dudukovic vs I Banovic ½-½41201216th Battle of Senta Open AB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
11. A Sterck vs A Zubarev 0-1242012Pays de Charleroi OpenB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
12. Naroditsky vs Nakamura 0-1352015US ChampionshipB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
13. Karjakin vs Van Wely ½-½202016Tata Steel MastersB79 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-17-04  SicilianDragon: I had some amazing games with this system, it's too bad that it's pretty much refuted
Aug-20-04  d4Nf6Bg5: refuted? give a line please
Aug-20-04  d4Nf6Bg5: I think that the best white can do is 15.h5 Rxc3 16.Qxc3 Qxa2 17.hxg6 hxg6 18.Qa3 Qc4 19.Kb1 when white may have a slight edge. Not much of a refutation though.
Aug-23-04  Dee Jay: Hey, what??? I definatly think that this line is not refuted. White may get a SMALL edge but that's it. I've played this variation since i first started and i love it. After 15. h5, black simply plays Nxh5!
Aug-23-04  Lawrence: Hi <Dee Jay>, a warm welcome from all of us on this fascinating site.
Aug-25-04  Dee Jay: I play this line 2 win all the time and i've had heaps of success with it. Ne1 know ne thing interesting about it?
Aug-28-04  Dee Jay: ne1 know why this line isn't played ne more?
Sep-28-04  SicilianDragon: Okay, since nobody bothered to do any research in the 3+ months I was away, I guess I'll hand-feed you guys (just kidding, I don't mind!).

The main lines runs 12. h4 Ne5 13. g4! (13. h5 Rxc3! 14. Qxc3 Qxc3 15. bxc3 Nxh5 is at least equal, probably even slightly better for black. 13...Nxh5 is playable, but 14. Nd5 Qxd2+ 15. Rxd2 Kf8 16. g4 Nf6 17. Rdh2! gives white an edge). 13...b5 (13...Nc4 14. Bxc4 Rxc4 15. Nb3 Qa6 or 15...♕c7 16. e5! is very strong, eg. 16...dxe5? 17. g5! and the Bd7 falls) 14. h5 Nc4 15. Bxc4 bxc4 16. Bh6 Bh8 17. Nf5 Re8 18. Qg5 Qb6 19. hxg6 fxg6 20. Bg7!! wins for white, Nunn-Ward, 4NCL, 1998.

While I certainly don't mind giving you guys these lines, anyone who plans to play either side of this opening really needs to know their theory and be well-prepared.

Sep-28-04  dafish298: hi, provide great analysis on the sicilian dragon lol obviously..any chance i could get your email to talk more about it? ive been extensively studying it for acouple months and am 1-0 with it in rated games as i beat a 2200
Sep-28-04  Dee Jay: <SicilianDragon> Your 14. Nxd5 Line is completly playable for black and leads 2 a drawish endin for example...

14. Nxd5 Qxd2+
15. Rxd2 Kf8
16. g4 Nf6
17. Rdh2 e6!
18. Nxf6 Bxf6
19. Rxh7 a5!
20. g5 Bg7
21. a4 Nd3+
22. Kb1 Nc5
23. Nf5! exf5
24. Rxg7!! Nxb3
25. Rhh7 Be6
26. exf5 Bxf5
27. Rxf7 with a draw.

I disagree with ur ....Rxc3 on move 13 because simply I believe Nxh5 is much better.

After: 13. g4 Rc4 is very interesting but 13...Nc4 is also good.

I have a absolute love for this variation and I believe I know alot about it!

Sep-29-04  OneArmedScissor: The exchange sacrafice Rxc3 is very common in this opening. I use to play this line a lot, and Rxc3 did wonders.

I still play it occationally, but usually I stick to the Najdorf.

Sep-29-04  SicilianDragon: <Dee Jay> In the line you give 21. a3 has been suggested as a big improvement, bearing in mind 21...Nd3+ 22. Kb1 Nc5 23. Bc4 (23. Ba2 is also playable)left white with a definite edge in Nyvit-Camaratta, 1999.

13. g4 Rc4 might be interesting if white was forced to play 14. Bxc4 Nxc4 15. Qd3 Qb4! 16. Nb3 Nxe4! which wins for black. Instead, 14. g5! Nh5 16. f4 Rxd4 17. Qxd4 Ng4 18. e5 Ng3 19. Rhe1 Nf5 20. Qd5 Qxd5 21. Bg1! exd5 22. Bxd5 gives white a better endgame.

Lastly, 13...Nc4 14. Bxc4 Rxc4 15. h5 Rac8 16. Nb3 Qa6 17. hxg6 fxg6 18. e5! is better for white.

Also, as a side note, I play on as MarxIsGod21 and anyone who wishes to play some Dragon Yugoslav Attack games as white or black is free to challenge me. :)

Dec-31-05  YugoslavForever: Sicilian Dragon, i have a question. If one plays h5 at some point after white plays h4 in this Ward variation of Sicilian Dragon, what happens? I tried to go over it myself, but it was just full of tactical mayhem and sacrifices. I would appreciate your well-informed opinion on black's h5.
Dec-31-05  blitzjamendoza: black now will play 12...Ne5 , white will gain a slight advantage in this line after 13.Kb1 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.Nb3
Feb-08-07  Shajmaty: <blitzjamendoza: black now will play 12...Ne5 , white will gain a slight advantage in this line after 13.Kb1 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.Nb3> Yes, after 15...Qc7, both 16. Bd4 and 16. g4 give White a slight edge.
Jun-13-07  cyruslaihy: David Bronstein vs Bruno Parma
Moskva 1971 ยท Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4 (B79) ยท 1-0

is a nightmare for black's Qa5 variation

is black not supposed to take the pawn in that variation?

Mar-03-12  Nova: Has this line been refuted for white or black? I don't see any games played in this variation since 2007.
May-22-12  Octal: John Nunn pretty much published his refutation in "Understanding Chess Move by Move." The game was Nunn vs. Ward, but I don't remember any of the other information.

And the database has been changed. There were definitely more than 50 games in this opening.

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