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

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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