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Dragon Sicilian

The Dragon is one of the most attractive and aggressive members of the Sicilian-family. Probably this - and the shape of the black pawn structure - is the reason the opening is called after the legendary, dangerous creature. In the Accelerated Dragon black plays the g6 on move 4, without including 4...Nf6 5. Nc3, but the general ideas stay the same as in the main Dragon. Black fianchettos his bishop on the a1-h8 diagonal and castles short, hoping for a quick d5. White usually castles long and tries to exchange the dark squared bishops. Opposite side castling normally is a recipe for fireworks, and this opening is no exception. Pawn storms towards the enemy king are often to be seen, as well as pawn, exchange and piece sacrifices. The Yugoslav Attack is one of the most prominent lines of the Dragon Variation, but there are other stinging possibilities for both colour, for example the so called Dragodorf, combining ideas from both the Najdorf and the Dragon. Main advocates of the 'normal' Dragon are Boris Gelfand, Tony Miles, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Chris Ward and Gawain Jones. The latter also being the main theoretician and writer of classics on this theme. Other well written books on the Dragon are written by Carsten Hansen, Peter Lalic, Andrew Martin, and Simon Williams. Do you want to combine clear cut ideas with razor sharp play? The Dragon might well be your preferred beast on the board.



The Dragon 2 - Jones, Gawain
2015 Quality Chess The Dragon 2-Jones, Gawain

The two volumes of this standard work are together considered the chess bible for the Sicilian Dragon. Probably even more than the other publications on the subject these volumes dive very deep into the matter, making the books popular on all levels. Volume two deals with the move 9. 0-0-0, the Classical Variation, Fianchetto Variation and Minor Lines. In other words, the second volume starts where the first volume stops, together making it a complete work.
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Grandmaster Repertoire - The Dragon - Vol. 1 - Jones, Gawain
2015 Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire - The Dragon - Vol. 1-Jones, Gawain

The two volumes of this standard work are together considered the chess bible for the Sicilian Dragon. Probably even more than the other publications on the subject these volumes dive very deep into the matter, making the books popular on all chess levels. Volume one deals with the Soltis Variation and the so called Topalov Variation. The Dragon 1 also contains the 9.c4 and 9.g4 variations of the Yugoslav Attack, the main variations of the most critical line (or attack) within the Dragon.
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Chess Developments: The Sicilian Dragon - Vigorito, David
2012 Everyman Chess Chess Developments: The Sicilian Dragon-Vigorito, David

The Sicilian Dragon is a very enterprising opening, according to many including the author of this book. This straight forward publication tells one the tale of the many thematic tactical and positional ideas. It’s an opening ripe with exchange sacrifices and opposite side castling attacks. The Dragon is an opening where one can learn about the dynamic balance between the initiative and material; attack and counterattack; and pawn structure and piece play.
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The Sicilian Dragon - Move By Move - Hansen, Carsten
2016 Everyman Chess The Sicilian Dragon - Move By Move-Hansen, Carsten

The Move by Move–series is known for its clarity and completeness. This publication on the Dragon contains almost 500 pages, and mainly focuses on the pure or ‘old-school’ Dragon, which by the way is more modern than ever. The material in this book has been split up in three parts: 1. Non-Yugoslav Attack, 2. Yugoslav Attack without Bc4 and 3. Yugoslav Attack with Bc4. Rather than just presenting a repertoire for black Hansen covers the main lines as objectively as possible.
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The Sicilian Accelerated Dragon - 20th Anniversary Edition - Nielsen, Peter Heine, Hansen, Carsten
2018 CarstenChess The Sicilian Accelerated Dragon - 20th Anniversary Edition-Nielsen, Peter Heine Hansen, Carsten

The Accelerated Dragon still is a popular member of the Sicilian family, played (occasionally) by many of the top players, such as world champion Magnus Carlsen. The Accelerated Dragon differs from the 'normal' Dragon in a way that it may well resolve in the so-called Maroczy Bind, if white chooses so. It's no wonder that about half of the book is on this popular line, and deals with all the subtleties that the Maroczy is known for. The first edition of this book was published 20 years ago.
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How To Win With Sicilian Defense - Dragon - Kleider, Hans
2019 Independently How To Win With Sicilian Defense - Dragon-Kleider, Hans

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The Hyper Accelerated Dragon, Extended Second Edition - Panjwani, Raja
2019 Thinkers Publishing The Hyper Accelerated Dragon, Extended Second Edition-Panjwani, Raja

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Sicilian Dragon: 547 Characteristic Chess Puzzles - Harvey, Bill, Gamble, Robert
2017 Independent Sicilian Dragon: 547 Characteristic Chess Puzzles-Harvey, Bill Gamble, Robert

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Sicilian Dragon: 536 Characteristic Chess Puzzles - Harvey, Bill
2017 Independent Sicilian Dragon: 536 Characteristic Chess Puzzles-Harvey, Bill

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The Fighting Dragon: How To Defeat The Yugoslav Attack - Powell, Paul
2016 Mongoose Press The Fighting Dragon: How To Defeat The Yugoslav Attack-Powell, Paul

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Play The Accelerated Dragon - Lalic, Peter
2014 Everyman Chess Play The Accelerated Dragon-Lalic, Peter

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Secrets Of The Sicilian Dragon Revised - Schiller, Eric
2011 Cardoza Secrets Of The Sicilian Dragon Revised-Schiller, Eric

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The New Sicilian Dragon - Williams, Simon
2009 Everyman Chess The New Sicilian Dragon-Williams, Simon

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Starting Out: The Accelerated Dragon: Fundamental Coverage Of A Dynamic Sicilian - Greet, Andrew Dr
2007 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The Accelerated Dragon: Fundamental Coverage Of A Dynamic Sicilian-Greet, Andrew Dr

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Starting Out: The Sicilian Dragon - Martin, Andrew
2007 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The Sicilian Dragon-Martin, Andrew

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Starting Out:the Sicilian Dragon (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - Martin, Andrew Dr
2005 Everyman Chess Starting Out:the Sicilian Dragon (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-Martin, Andrew Dr

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Accelerated Dragons - Donaldson, John, Silman, Jeremy
1998 Everyman Chess Accelerated Dragons-Donaldson, John Silman, Jeremy

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