The Sicilian Dragon is one of the most extensively analyzed openings in the entire realm of chess theory.
That is because it is one of Black’s best counterattacking options against 1 e4 and therefore very attractive.
After 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6! Black develops aggressively and rapidly, has clear intentions on the half-open c file and the long diagonal.
He retains options of levering open the queenside with the help of …b7-b5 and …a7-a5. Black keeps the inherently flexible Sicilian pawn structure intact.
Yet…..can it really be sensible for the club player to wade in these dangerous waters?
Will the game not be reduced to a battle of memory, particularly in the Yugoslav attack?
Not everyone has the talent of Kasparov, Carlsen, Topalov or Golubev.
In the ABC of the Sicilian Dragon, Andrew Martin constructs a battle plan for the average player, which relies less on theory and more on understanding.
He argues conclusively that this excellent opening CAN be used by every player and give fine results.
About the Author:
IM Andrew Martin is the manager of Coaching for the English Chess Federation. This is his 14th DVD for ChessBase.
Martin has won various national and international tournaments. He has been playing for years in the Four Nations Chess League, at present (July 2009) for Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher, previously for the Camberley Chess Club. Martin received his title as international master in1984.
He earned his first grandmaster norm in the British Championship of 1997 in Brighton. Martin was a commentator on the chess world championship between Kasparov and Kramnik in 2000.
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