The Sicilian Dragon occurs after the moves 1.e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6 (see the diagram on the right) and offers you a fighting opening for Black against the move 1.e4.
It is considered to be one of the sharpest chess openings you can play and is known to be one of the most extensively analyzed opening systems in chess. It’s also one of the most-feared counterattacking options against the move 1.e4.
It has been played in World Championship Matches (It was used by Kasparov to defeat Vishy Anand twice in their World Championship Match in 1995, for example). It was once called “unplayable” and believed dead – but it has always risen again, more powerful than before.
But what’s the current state of the Sicilian Dragon? While some sources claim that the Sicilian Dragon can’t really be played anymore, now we live in times of modern engines and huge databases, numerous new resources and ideas have been found for Black in the critical lines in recent years.
Sicilian Dragon: Latest Trends In The Yugoslav Attack With 9.0-0-0
In this iChess Club exclusive video, GM Romain Edouard, a renowned expert on the Sicilian Dragon, dives deep into the latest theoretical developments in the Yugoslav Attack with 9.0-0-0.
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The position of interest occurs after the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 (see the diagram on the right).
This setup for White has always been popular and has become even more fashionable in recent years.
Excellent opening books like “Dismantling the Sicilian: A Complete Modern Repertoire for White” by GM Jesus de la Villa and GM Max Illingworth or “Playing 1.e4: Sicilian Main Lines” by GM John Shaw recommend this variation for White.
GM Romain Edouard takes a close look at this complicated variation and analyzes the latest theory for Black and White. If you play this line against the Sicilian Dragon with White or regularly face this line with Black and want to stay up-to-date, this video is a must-watch.
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