Sicilian Dragon – VECO

The starting position of the Sicilian Dragon after 5..g6

The Sicilian Dragon occurs after the moves 1.e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6 (see diagram) and offers you a fighting opening for Black against the move 1.e4.

The Sicilian Dragon 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.

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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. O-O-O

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