Everything you need to know about the Sicilian defense (Dragon variation)

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The Sicilian defense is the most popular opening and one of the best responses to White’s first move 1.e4. It is so popular that 17% of all games between grandmasters, and 25% of the games in the Chess Informant database, begin with the Sicilian. Therefore, almost one quarter of all chess games use the Sicilian Defence. Fascinating, isn’t it! 🙂

The main reason for its popularity is its combative nature – Black fights not for equality, but for advantage. The Sicilian defense begins with the moves: 1.e4 c5.  One of the popular variations of this opening is the Dragon variation.

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Sicilian Dragon

In the dragon variation, Black fianchettoes his dark-square (kingside) bishop. It arises after the following moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6

To help you better understand this opening variation, the main ideas behind it, our guest coach IM Asaf Givon has prepared a very instructive video. In this video, he’ll teach you about this variation by showing one of his games he played about 2 years ago against a FM.

In this video, you’ll learn about the following:

  •  Introduction to Sicilian Defense
    •  Introduction to Sicilian Dragon
      •  Typical ideas for both White and Black
        •  How to create counter-play?
          •  Accelerated dragon – and how to play against it (as White)
            • Hyper-accelerated dragon
              •  Difference between dragon and accelerated dragon
                •  Rossolimo attack
                  • And lots more
                  • You can watch the video lesson below:

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                    Author information

                    IM Asaf Givon


                    Asaf Givon is an International Master from Kfar Saba, Israel. His age is 22 and playing chess since 7. He is also playing for the Kfar Saba team in the first Israeli Chess League. He got the IM title in 2013, and ever since then, he is on the road to achieve the GM title. He currently has 2 norms.


                    He is teaching chess since he was 16 and he’s always very happy to teach people and to spread his love to the game.





                    P.S. Please, pass on this useful information to your friends as well. It can be really useful for someone who finds it difficult to study this opening. 🙂

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                      1. I agree. Great content again.

                        The unfortunate part of the Dragon, though, is the theory. These games can be beautiful, but if I play it, I can’t shake that persistent fear that I’m losing to my opponent’s memorized variations until the n-th move.

                        1. yess you are right bro simon has aslo produced the ginger gm dvds on his webiste gingerg mshop.com.you can also learn from there.but the work load is very hard.

                    1. outstanding dear igor sir you are great teacher and the site is continuously improving.asaf givon is great coach.thankyou so much.

                    2. dear igor sir yesterday i watched your mini course how to analyze your games it contains vidoe lessons and powerful pratcial task it was just amazing that how we can improve by using stockfish and your recommmendations thanks sirl. you are great.dear sir do you ever watched this dvd learning from world champion prespective by anand volume 1??.

                    3. Dear Sir, I may be wrong but it seems that you have missed one black move and played white move twice. for example when at starting of video around 2 mins, you played Bc4 and you are explaning Qb6 black idea of capturing pawn on b2. Then you play another white move Bb3, to prevent black Qb6 idea. It seems there are 2 white moves played. please make me correct, if i am wrong.

                      1. Hi Rishi,

                        In the previous example, White plays f3 before Bb3 then Black can play Qb6 as discussed in the video. And it is good for Black.

                        So Asaf recommends playing Bb3 first after Black castles instead of f3. So White did not make 2 moves.

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