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solohawk6_9 17 ( +1 | -1 )
sicilian dragon defense can anyone give the opening sequence to the "sicilian dragon" defense? i have read that its one of the best defenses studied...along with the indian variations...
cep2eu 26 ( +1 | -1 )
1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cd
4. Nd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 g6

with an idea of developing the black-squared Bishop on g7, which puts extra pressure on White's Queen side. Strategically very wise, but White can launch a deadly attack on Black's King. Not an easy opening to play (to say the least).
spijker 12 ( +1 | -1 )
What are the moves in the deadly attack? That sounds like: black plays the Dragon, and white wins.
cep2eu 8 ( +1 | -1 )
No, no, I did not mean to sound that way. Not every dragon slayer proves victorious. :)
solohawk6_9 11 ( +1 | -1 )
better left to masters??? would this black opening be better left to the masters to play and not an ameture like myself???
bucklehead 117 ( +1 | -1 )
Strong, perhaps, but not "deadly" The attack cep2eu refers to is probably the Yugoslav Attack (also called, much more colorfully, the "St. George Attack" after the legendary dragon-slayer). It runs more or less this way: 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 with white generally aiming for a pawn-storm attack against black's kingside.

All that said, don't let this individual line scare you away from playing a chess opening. At your level, it's far more important to get a feel for the broad tactical and strategic ideas underlying a position than memorizing a line 10-12 moves deep that may be of little practical value. Think instead about how ...g6 allows you to place a bishop on an important diagonal, how you might use the c-file to your advantage, and how you may eventually try to use your d- and e-pawns to break through in the center.

The Sicilian Defense is completely sound and exciting, and for that reason it's continually adopted at both amateur and professional levels of play. You're likely to get into tense, tactical situations with this opening, and if that suits your style of play, then go for it.
danders 120 ( +1 | -1 )
Better left to masters? Possibly. I've been playing it with some success at my level, and I'm certainly no master. I'm sure I play it 'wrong' in many ways; that hasn't stopped me from winning many of my games. Keep in mind that the Sicilian defense has a great many variations and gets very complicated; it is one of the longest entries in Modern Chess Openings. (I saw one that's longer, but can't remember what opening it is off the top of my head.) The above opening sequence given is just one of a great many. I usually prefer the Accelerated dragon, or something close to it.

I get the impression that the Sicilian and the English catch many opponents at my level off guard, but having only recently returned to Gameknot, maybe I simply haven't found my appropriate level of play again. There is certainly nothing wrong with trying it out and seeing how well you do with it, maybe even starting a small mini-tournament to generate a good number of Sicilian-type games. If you find that you can't do much with it, there are lots of other defenses to explore.

Whatever you finally choose, it's probably a good idea to stick with it for several games before giving up on it entirely.
ionadowman 171 ( +1 | -1 )
I agree with danders... ...try it and see. If you like the look of the play that ensues, you might find the line congenial for you.
It is an aggressive line, Yugoslav, St George or Porcupine Attack - as the standard attack earlier described has been called - notwithstanding. Black has fine counterattacking chances down the half-open c-file, and on the Q-side in general. If you like "opposite side castling" games, well here you are!
One thing to watch out for is White's "Levenfish Variation":
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.f4 ...
Now Black needs to think carefully about how to continue with his planned ...Bg7. To play it at once is risky: 6...Bg7 7.e5 dxe5 (Black could instead try 7...Nh5 with the idea of 8.g4? Nxf4!)
8.fxe5 Ng4 (8...Nfd7 9.e6) 9.Bb5+ Nc6 (9...Bd7? (ouch) 9.Qxg4, or 9... Kf8? (yarooh!) 10.Ne6+ (+-)) 10.Nxc6 Qxd1+ 11.Nxd1 (11.Kxd1 seems playable, too). After 11.Nxd1, then ...a6 12.Ba4 Bd7 13.h3 Nh6 14.Nxe7 (Pilnik-Kashdan, NY,1949)
In view of this, Black responds to 6.f4 with ...Nc6 usually, or maybe ...Nbd7.
Say 6...Nc6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Nd7 (or 8...dxe5 if Black is OK about the Q exchanges) 9.exd6 exd6 10.Be3 Be7 (10...Qe7 is possible, retaining to option to fianchetto the king's bishop) 11.Qf3 d5 or 11.Qd2 0-0, say. That hanging pawn couple seems a bit vulnerable and may require protection, but they do have a considerable presence in the centre for the time being, at any rate.
I quite like the alternate response at move 6: 6.f4 Nbd7, as it leads to more "Dragonish" positions. However, Reshevsky played it against Horowitz in 1944 and went horribly wrong:
6.f4 Nbd7 7.Be2 a6 8.Be3 Bg7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Bf3 Qc7 11.Kh1 Rb8 12.a4 b6? 13.e5! dxe5 14.Nc6
That 12.a4 move puts a serious crimp in Black's Q-side action, and it's not easy to see how to unravel Black's Q-wing from here.
Some food for thought, at any rate!
magna68 60 ( +1 | -1 )
Better left to masters? Yes. Yes, because it is so much easier to play the white side. The Yugoslav attack pretty much plays itself, while the counterattack of the black side has to be very precise. Let's say that black needs to know much better what he is doing than white! The same is valid also for the English attack in the Najdorf, but the big difference is that black has not played g6. g6 surely weakens the defense and makes the white pawn storm so often deadly. If I were you, I would choose something else than the dragon for now. It's just to complicated to play for amateurs.
kewms 40 ( +1 | -1 )
If you are not a master, probably your opponents are not masters either. You don't have to hold the Black side of a Dragon against Kasparov, you have to hold it against Joe Patzer.

So I would say if you like that kind of game, go for it. There's no time like the present. Better to struggle with a difficult opening that you enjoy than to die of boredom in a line you picked because it's "easier."

far1ey 72 ( +1 | -1 )
My coach has started to teach me the dragon and at first I must admit I was a bit dubious about learning an opening which has been refuted many times by both GM and ameteur games but now I have found that there are also many unusual moves which can be made in the dragon which can catch the opponent off guard.

Against the Yugoslav there is the new Chinese dragon: 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 9.0-0-0 Bd7 10.Bc4 Rb8!? with the idea of a quick b5. I love seeing my opponents face when I play Rb8 as they expect the usual Rc8 and Ne5. For white here Bb3 is supposed to be best.

There is also a good book by Chris Ward on the dragon which may be worth reading. I havent read it but I hear it is good.

ganstaman 61 ( +1 | -1 )
Maybe also check out how Susan Polgar plays it. ->

I believe she recommended it for amateurs somewhere. I could be wrong, though, so don't blame her if it doesn't work out.

I believe I've also seen some stuff on the Chinese Dragon on (more specifically, -> ).
ionadowman 164 ( +1 | -1 )
Here's an example of ... ... a Chinese Dragon. Played about mid-2005
White: ionadowman... Black: siciliandragon (quite a strong OTB player, I gather)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Bc4 0-0 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8!?
To be honest, I didn't think very much of the move, but I had reason to change my view later... Not having any theory to guide me, I just played the standard...
11.g4!? b5! 12.Ndxb5 Ne5 13.Be2 Qa5 14.Nd4 Rfc8
Already Black's attack has made more progress than White's
15.Nb3 Rxb3! 16.cxb3 Qxa2 17.Qc2 Qa5 18.Kb1 Nc6 19.Bc4 ...
With this I thought I had sealed off the dangerous c-file
19...Nb4 20.Qe2 a6 21.g5!? Ne8 22.h4 Bb5 23.Bd4 Bxd4 24.Rxd4 Bxc4 25.Rxc4 Rb8
I really thought I had repulsed Black's attack at this point, but another wave is coming...
26.Na4 Ng7 27.Rhc1 Ne6 28.Rc8+ Rxc8 29.Rxc8+ Kg7 30.Qc4 d5! 31.exd5 Nxd5 32.Ka2 Qd2 33.Qe4 Nef4 34.Ka3 ...
I kept wanting to play Nc3 hereabouts, but Black refutes it at once: 34.Nc3? Nd3.
34...Qd1 35.Nc3 Qa1+ 36.Na2 Qg1 37.Qe5+ f6 38.gxf6 exf6 39.Rc7+! Kh6 40.Qd6 Nxc7 41.Qxf4+ Kh5 42.Qxc7 1-0
A piece down, Black jacked it in at this point, though I don't think he had to. The final position ain't a gimme for white (look at that sad knight!). Throughout the game I would think I had seen off Black's attack - his exchange sac on b3 didn't frighten me at all - but then he would conjure up further resources to put me under pressure. In the end I suspect all my moves with the g- and h-pawns were slight errors that kept Black's attack alive, but I didn't want to be reduced to passive defence. The worst moment came when I found my King grovelling his way up the a-file with knight being driven back to a2. Lucky to survive that, even though I won a piece subsequently, I thought White's winning chances problematical at best.
far1ey 114 ( +1 | -1 )
Nice ion!! no theory and according to my opening analysis you played all the right moves. (save for g4 which is actually one of the worst moves :D)

As I said Bb3 is supposed to be best but I find that h4 is the most common in OTB play as players usually go for the immediate counterplay rather then the 'waste of time move' Bb3. After 11.h4 Black can sac a pawn as in ion's game with b5 where the games are similar except that there is a pawn at h4 instead of g4. The other move is 11...Na5 12.Bb3 b5. The most interesting continuation is then: 13.Bh6 Bxh6! (usually it is bad for black to draw the queen towards the black king but in this case it serves to draw the queen away from the Q-side as blacks attack is quicker than whites.) 14. Qxh6 e5 (So that after Nxb3 the knight cannot retake which means that white has doubled pawns. Also good to note is that the weakness of the d pawn cannot be exploited.) 15.Nde2 b4 16.Nd5 Nxb3+ 17.axb (cxb and the c-file is dangerous) Nxd5 18.Rxd5 Be6 19.h5 Qc7 20. hx6 fxg! (now the black queen defends h7 and attacks the c file) 21.Rxd6 Rfc8! 22. Kb1 Rb6!! and white is lost as Rxb6 Qxc2+ Ka1 axb leads to mate as after Qxh7+ black can run the king.
ionadowman 174 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the compliment... ...far1ey! Though I don't think it's all that deserved. White's choices after 11.g4?! look pretty limited. Several of my subsequent moves were pretty much forced! It was something that made the defence a little easier ;-)
I thought (once Black's attack was developing fast) that maybe a timely 11.Bb3 might have been an improvement on 11.g4. Also, had I appreciated at move 11. that the weakness left on f3 would prove important, I think I probably would have gone for 11.h4 instead. Though now I come to look at it again, after 12...Ne5 White still has to retreat 13.Be2 (13.Bf1 doesn't seem much of an improvement). I seem to recall spending ages thinking about how to take on b5, too, though admittedly 12.Ndxb5 seemed the most 'natural' capture.
During the game, I wasn't all that worried about Black's attack in the early stages - I didn't think the exchange sac on b3 was very playable, even. How could he follow it up? It was only later, when he kept frustrating my attempts to seize the initiative that things got worrying. The sac turned out to be quite playable after all.
But it does make me wonder if and where Black could have improved his attack? Black always - up to about move 35 - seemed to be able to create dangerous chances; White always seemed (just) able to hang on. It sounds as though Black could have done better (so maybe could White!).

I enjoyed your ... analysis? ... following the 11.h4 Na5 12.Bb3 b5 line. Was it an actual game, or a theoretical line someone has developed? It's pretty knife-edge stuff, anyhow! It seems that 13.Bh6 isn't very good, then.
far1ey 16 ( +1 | -1 )
ion I think it is someone elses analysis but I am not sure whom's perhaps Chris Ward's?

Popular moves for move 11 are Bb3 Nd5 h4 Nb3 Nxc6 (can white win a pawn?) and g4.

magna68 552 ( +1 | -1 )
Here are some examples of 11. g4 , and you are right ionadowman, white's choices are pretty much forced after this. It is easier to play this position on white, specially for club players, not to mention amateurs. And we know more or less what the pros think of the dragon currently. I just can't see any reason for black to go down this path when he can choose for example the Najdorf, which is more solid (if that word can be used about it!) and fun to play. Death to the Dragon! :-)

[Event "Dieren op 10th"]
[Site "Dieren"]
[Date "1979.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Van der Donk,LM"]
[Black "Van Putten,Mark"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B78"]
1.d4 c5 2.Nf3 cxd4 3.Nxd4 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 d6 7.Bc4 Nf6 8.f3 0-0
9.Qd2 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 Ne5 12.Be2 b5 13.g5 b4 14.Nb1 Nh5 15.f4 Nc6 16.Bxh5 gxh5
17.Nf5 Bxf5 18.exf5 b3 19.axb3 Nb4 20.Na3 Qa5 21.f6 Rfc8 22.Qd4 Rxc2+ 23.Nxc2 Rc8 24.Qxa7 Qf5
25.Rd2 Rxc2+ 26.Kd1 Qg4+ 27.Ke1 Nd3+ 0-1

[Event "DLM"]
[Site "Germany"]
[Date "1997.10.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Zesch,Ludwig"]
[Black "Knop,Hauke"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B78"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Bc4 Nc6
9.Qd2 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 Ne5 12.Bb3 b5 13.h4 Nc4 14.Bxc4 bxc4 15.Nce2 Qb6 16.c3 Qa5
17.Kb1 Rb7 18.Ka1 Rfb8 19.Rb1 Rb6 20.Nc1 Ra6 21.h5 e5 22.Nc2 d5 23.hxg6 d4 24.gxf7+ Kxf7
25.cxd4 c3 26.Qxc3 Qa4 27.d5 Rc8 28.Bc5 Qb5 29.b4 Nxd5 30.exd5 e4 31.Rxh7 Rg6 32.Rxg7+ Rxg7
33.fxe4 Bxg4 34.Nb3 Kg8 35.Ncd4 Qe8 36.Qe3 a5 37.b5 a4 38.Nc6 axb3 39.Rxb3 Ra8 40.b6 Bc8
41.Bd4 Rg2 42.Rb2 Rxb2 43.Qg5+ 1-0

[Event "NRW-chT U18 9899"]
[Site "Germany"]
[Date "1998.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Welte,Cornelia"]
[Black "Lenzen,Christoph"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B78"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.f3 Bg7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6
9.0-0-0 Bd7 10.Bc4 Rb8 11.g4 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.Bb3 a5 14.g5 Nh5 15.Bxg7 Nxg7 16.e5 Nf5
17.exd6 Nxd6 18.a3 Bc6 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.Bxd5 Qb6 21.Qd4 Qxd4 22.Rxd4 Rbc8 23.Re1 Nf5 24.Rd3 Rc5
25.Be4 e6 26.Red1 Rfc8 27.Rd8+ Rxd8 28.Rxd8+ Kg7 29.Ra8 a4 30.c3 Nd6 31.h4 Nxe4 32.fxe4 Re5
33.Ra5 Rxe4 34.Rxb5 Rxh4 35.Rb4 Rh5 36.Rb5 f5 37.gxf6+ Kxf6 38.Rxh5 gxh5 39.Kd2 Ke5 40.Ke3 Kd5
41.Kd3 h4 42.c4+ Kc5 0-1

[Event "Groningen Harmonie op-A"]
[Site "Groningen"]
[Date "2003.12.21"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Geragousian,Biaina"]
[Black "Van der Leest,Bert"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B78"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.f3 Bg7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Bc4 0-0
9.Qd2 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 b5 12.Bb3 a5 13.Ndxb5 a4 14.Bxa4 Ne5 15.Qe2 Qa5 16.b3 Rfc8
17.Bd2 Qa6 18.Rdf1 Rc5 19.Nd4 Nc4 20.g5 Nh5 21.Bxd7 Bxd4 22.a4 Qa7 23.Nb5 Rbxb5 24.Bxb5 Nxd2
25.Kxd2 Nf4 26.Qd1 Qa5+ 27.Kc1 Rxb5 28.Qd2 Qa7 29.Re1 e5 30.h4 Rb7 0-1

[Event "Copenhagen AS04 Centenary"]
[Site "Copenhagen"]
[Date "2004.02.07"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Hansen,Lars Henrik Bech"]
[Black "Lubson,Paul"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B78"]
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.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 Na5 12.Bb3 b5 13.h4 Nc4 14.Bxc4 bxc4 15.h5 Qa5 16.hxg6 fxg6
17.a3 Qb6 18.Ndb5 Qb7 19.Bxa7 Bxb5 20.Nxb5 Qxb5 21.Bxb8 Rxb8 22.c3 Nd7 23.Rh2 Ne5 24.Rf1 Nd3+
25.Kb1 Qb3 26.Ka1 Nxb2 27.Qd5+ Kf8 28.Rxh7 Qxa3+ 0-1

[Event "ESP-ch U18"]
[Site "Mondariz"]
[Date "2004.07.18"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Llaneza Vega,Marcos"]
[Black "Ramos Dominguez,Joaquin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B78"]
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.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 b5 12.Bb3 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 a5 14.e5 dxe5 15.Bxe5 Bc6 16.Qf4 Qb6
17.Bxb8 Qxb8 18.Qxb8 Rxb8 19.Nd5 Kf8 20.Nxf6 Bxf6 21.Bd5 Be8 22.f4 g5 23.fxg5 Bxg5+ 24.Kb1 e5
25.Be4 h6 26.Rd6 Ke7 27.Rhd1 Rc8 28.Ra6 a4 29.Ra7+ Kf8 30.Bf5 Rc4 31.b3 axb3 32.axb3 Rf4
33.Rc7 e4 34.Rc8 e3 35.Bd7 Re4 36.Rxe8+ Rxe8 37.Bxe8 Kxe8 38.Re1 Kd7 39.c3 Kd6 40.Kc2 Ke5
41.Kd3 f5 42.gxf5 Kxf5 43.c4 b4 44.Rf1+ Kg4 45.c5 1-0

[Event "Coventry op"]
[Site "Coventry"]
[Date "2005.03.24"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Smith,Lee"]
[Black "Wu,Li"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B78"]
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.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 b5 12.Bb3 Ne5 13.h4 Nc4 14.Bxc4 bxc4 15.h5 Qb6 16.b3 Qb4
17.Kb2 Rfc8 18.Nde2 cxb3 19.axb3 Bxg4 20.e5 Bxf3 21.exf6 Bxf6 22.Bd4 Bxd4 23.Qxd4 Qxd4 24.Nxd4 Bxh1
25.Rxh1 Rc5 26.hxg6 hxg6 27.Re1 e5 28.Nf3 Rbc8 29.Re3 d5 0-1

[Event "GER-ch U18 Girls"]
[Site "Willingen"]
[Date "2005.05.14"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Hofmann,Annett"]
[Black "Schulze,Dorothee"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B78"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Bc4 Nc6
9.Qd2 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 b5 12.Ncxb5 Na5 13.Be2 e5 14.Nxd6 exd4 15.Bxd4 Nc6 16.Bc3 Be6
17.g5 Nh5 18.Bxg7 Nxg7 19.Bb5 Qb6 20.Qc3 Na5 21.Ba4 Rfd8 22.e5 Nf5 23.h4 Nxd6 24.exd6 Nb7
25.h5 gxh5 26.Rxh5 Rxd6 27.Rdh1 Bf5 28.Bb3 Qd4 29.Bxf7+ Kg7 30.Qxd4+ Rxd4 31.Bb3 Nc5 32.Re1 Bg6
33.Rh2 a5 34.Be6 Re8 35.Rhe2 Rd6 36.Bg4 Rxe2 37.Rxe2 Rd5 38.f4 Rd4 39.Rf2 Rc4 40.Kd1 Ne4
41.Rg2 Nd6 42.Rf2 Ne4 43.Rg2 Bf7 44.Bf5 Nd6 45.Bd3 Rxf4 46.b3 Bg6 47.Bxg6 Kxg6 48.c4 Rf5
49.a3 Rxg5 50.Rxg5+ Kxg5 51.c5 Nb5 52.c6 Kf5 53.b4 h5 54.Kd2 Ke4 55.c7 Nxc7 56.Kc3 Kd5
57.b5 Nxb5+ 0-1

[Event "Cattolica op"]
[Site "Cattolica"]
[Date "2005.06.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Grau,Peter"]
[Black "Russo,Carmelo"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B78"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6
9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 Ne5 12.Bb3 b5 13.Bh6 a5 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.Bxd5 Qb6
17.h4 e6 18.h5 Nc4 19.Bxc4 bxc4 20.c3 Kg8 21.Rh2 a4 22.Qh6 a3 23.hxg6 Qxb2+ 24.Rxb2 axb2+
25.Kb1 fxg6 26.Rh1 Rf7 27.Rh2 e5 28.Nc2 Bxg4 29.Nb4 Bxf3 30.Kxb2 Bxe4 31.Qh4 Bd3 32.Rf2 Rfb7
33.Qf6 e4 34.Qe6+ Kg7 35.Qf6+ Kg8 36.Qxd6 Rb6 37.Qd5+ Kg7 38.a4 Rxb4+ 39.cxb4 Rxb4+ 40.Kc3

[Event "Wch U12 Girls"]
[Site "Belfort"]
[Date "2005.07.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Jimenez Lupianez,Laura"]
[Black "Smolkina,Milana"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "B78"]
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.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 b5 12.Bb3 Ne5 13.Nd5 Nc4 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.Bxc4 bxc4 16.c3 a5
17.Bh6 Re8 18.h4 Qb6 19.Be3 Qb7 20.h5 g5 21.h6 a4 22.a3 Kh8 23.Rh2 Rg8 24.Kb1 Be5

[Event "Prague Visus op"]
[Site "Prague"]
[Date "2005.07.02"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Slechta,Karel"]
[Black "Boehm,Tomas"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B78"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.Be3 0-0 8.f3 Nc6
9.Qd2 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 b5 12.Bb3 a5 13.Ndxb5 Ne5 14.Nd4 a4 15.Nxa4 Bxa4 16.Bxa4 Nc4
17.Qe2 Nxb2 18.Bb3 Nxd1 19.Kxd1 Qd7 20.Qd2 Ne8 21.h4 Nc7 22.h5 d5 23.Bh6 Bxh6 24.Qxh6 dxe4
25.c3 g5 26.Qxg5+ Kh8 27.Qe5+ f6 28.Qxe4 e5 29.Qf5 Qd8 30.Bc2 Rf7 31.Bb3 Rg7 32.h6 Rd7
33.g5 exd4 34.gxf6 dxc3+ 35.Kc1 Rxb3 36.axb3 Rf7 37.Rg1 Qd2+ 0-1

[Event "EU-ch U12 Girls"]
[Site "Herceg Novi"]
[Date "2005.09.??"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Tsarouha,Marianthi"]
[Black "Lakhani,Anjali"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "B78"]
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.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 Ne5 12.Bb3 b5 13.Bh6 a5 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.a3 a4 16.Ba2 b4
17.axb4 Rxb4 18.g5 Nh5 19.Nd5 Rb7 20.f4 Nc6 21.Nxc6 Bxc6 22.Qc3+ Kg8 23.Qxc6 Qa8 24.f5 Rc8
25.Nxe7+ Rxe7 26.Qxd6 Qxe4 27.c3 Qe3+ 28.Kb1 Qxg5 29.fxg6 Qxg6+ 30.Ka1 Qxd6 31.Rxd6 a3 32.Rg1+ Kf8
33.bxa3 Rxc3 34.Rd8+ Re8 35.Rg8+ Kxg8 36.Rxe8+ Kg7 37.Re5 Nf6 1/2

[Event "USA-ch GpB"]
[Site "San Diego"]
[Date "2006.03.02"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Airapetian,Chouchanik"]
[Black "West,Vanessa A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B78"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Bc4 0-0
9.Qd2 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 b5 12.Bb3 a5 13.Ncxb5 a4 14.Bc4 Ne5 15.Be2 Nxf3 16.Bxf3 Bxb5
17.Nxb5 Rxb5 18.Bd4 Qb8 19.h4 Rc8 20.c3 a3 21.b3 e5 22.Bf2 d5 23.Qc2 dxe4 24.Be2 Nd5
25.Bxb5 Nb4 26.cxb4 Rxc2+ 27.Kxc2 Qxb5 28.Bc5 h6 29.Rhe1 Qc6 30.Rd6 Qb7 31.h5 gxh5 32.gxh5 f5
33.Rg1 Kh7 34.Rdg6 Bh8 35.Re6 Qc8 36.Re7+ Bg7 37.Rgxg7+ Kh8 38.Rh7+ 1-0

[Event "Asia-ch U20 Girls"]
[Site "New Delhi"]
[Date "2006.11.07"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Dhara Gupta"]
[Black "Karunanayake,Mayuri"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B78"]
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.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 Qa5 12.Bb3 Rfc8 13.h4 h5 14.gxh5 Nxh5 15.Rdg1 Bf6 16.Rxg6+ Ng7
17.Rg2 e6 18.h5 Kh7 19.h6 Ne8 20.Nde2 Ne5 21.f4 Nc4 22.Bxc4 Rxc4 23.e5 Bc6 24.Qd3+ Kh8
25.Rhg1 Bxg2 26.Qxc4 Bd5 27.Qd4 dxe5 28.fxe5 Be7 29.Qg4 Kh7 30.Qg8+ 1-0

[Event "Asia-ch U20 Girls"]
[Site "New Delhi"]
[Date "2006.11.07"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Dhara Gupta"]
[Black "Gunasekera,Dimagi"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B78"]
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.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.g4 a6 12.Bb3 b5 13.h4 e6 14.Nxc6 Bxc6 15.Qxd6 Qxd6 16.Rxd6 Rbc8
17.Rhd1 Nd7 18.Bd4 Ne5 19.Rf1 Rfe8 20.a3 Nd3+ 21.cxd3 Bf8 22.Rxc6 Rxc6 23.Be5 Rd8 24.Rd1 a5
25.Kb1 b4 26.axb4 Bxb4 27.Ne2 Kf8 28.Nd4 Rdc8 29.Nxc6 Rxc6 30.Rc1 Rxc1+ 1-0

ionadowman 74 ( +1 | -1 )
Wow! Thanks for all this magna68! It looks as though 11.g4 has had its share of successes. The Zesch-Knop looks like a fighting game throughout, and the Smith-Wu game is also complicated and interesting. There's plenty of ways for both sides to go wrong.
I was a bit surprised no one in these games tried "my" line: 11.g4 b5 12.Ndxb5, the nearest being the Slechta-Boehm game: 11.g4 b5 12.Bb3 a5 13.Ndxb5, when Black quickly netted the exchange, and then saw off White's counterattack...Maybe the positioning of White's King's Bishop is important, or in my game, Black needed to "get in" ...a5 sometime early in the attack, instead of (or before) ...Qa5.
It is very interesting and instructive to play through these games...
sf115 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Kasparov said that 11. g4 was the only good way to play against the dragon.
ccmcacollister 61 ( +1 | -1 )
Fischer vs Purevhav I first saw this game earlier today and thought it interesting, besides showing RJF finally using a Yugoslav Attack vs a Dragon ! (For instance vs Larsen and Olaffson-
spelling?!- he chose lines with o-o instead...and won anyway)
Fischer - Purevhav

(If this link does not take you directly to the game, it may be that I am permanently logged there and you are not!? So you might need to login first and reclick here or just enter the game info. The game number on that site is 1044171 )
cayuga 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Conditional move ?
A conditional move has been triggered (see link below )

What is a conditional move ?

Game vs buzzarhawk, 32nd tournament, 16 - Jan - 07 .

I did not see a link bwlow !

Thank you : cayuga
ionadowman 136 ( +1 | -1 )
Cayuga... ...why is your posting appearing here?
In answer to your query, a conditional move is one in which your opponent has already decided what his response will be IF you play a particular move. The effect for you is that, having made your move, the triggered conditional move is an instantaneous response. It's your move again.
No big deal: it's just a time saver, used often in openings (e.g. book lines) or when one's opponent's moves are forced or otherwise obvious. You can, by the way, string a series of conditionals together. For example, suppose you played 1.e4 and you knew your opponent invariably played the Dragon Defence. Then you can string conditionals like this: IF you play 1...c5, I play 2.Nf3, then IF you play 2...d6, then I play 3.d4; then IF you play 3...cxd4, I play 4.Nxd4; then if you play ... etc. You can see how much time is saved compared with playing the moves one at a time.
Of course, a conditional move is triggered only if the anticipated move is played. Suppose in the above sequence, Black played 2...Nc6 instead of 2...d3. The conditional sequence stops there, and "normal" play resumes.
Check out the orange list below the game board (begins with "Analyze the game").
The last one is "Conditional moves" - which allows you make your response to any move you expect your opponent to make.
Hope this helps.
bunta 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Silician understanding I just got a job in chess coaching even though I'm the worst chess player around my area lol. Anyway at my chess place they tend to teach kids this silician dragon variation I get the impression that many of the juniors are just memorising stuff and hoping that there opponents will play into there preperation.
ccmcacollister 43 ( +1 | -1 )
I think ... they are probably wise to memorize as much as they can of the cutting edge theory, after having the basic concepts down. There aren't that many of those basic concepts (some sacs on c3, d4 by black, e pawn by wt,etc) really and it becomes a matter of if you do and what order you do things that are there to be done :)
Congrats on the job bunta !
ccmcacollister 56 ( +1 | -1 )
ps.. unfortuately there always seem to be more WT improvements sitting in my goody-bag to try than black ones. I guess one doesnt "buck" Fischer lightly ... even after a couple decades :)
On the other hand black will almost always know his subject better at such level. You dont tend to meet people who stay up and play 243 blitz najdorfs till dawn until they get about class A or over. Then players do crazy things like learn the Dragon and not play it ... :))
At least in the Omaha Experience