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Beat 1.e4 With the Dragon - Part 5

Beat 1.e4 with the Dragon - Part 5

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Dear Readers,

This is our last article on the Sicilian Dragon. This time, we are going to focus mainly on variations where White's light-squared bishop goes to "g2". In the end of the current article, I am going to bring to your attention an interesting line where White develops his bishop on "c4" but castles on the short side. Let's start first with the plans connected with a development of the bishop on "g2".

Our position of interest arises after the moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.g3 Nc6


Just like in the variation with 6.f4, Black should first start with 6...Nc6. Generally speaking, Black should develop his queenside knight before white bishop reaches the long diagonal. For example, if Black starts with 6...Bg7, then after 7.Bg2 0-0 8.0-0, the move 8...Nc6 can be met by 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.e5! dxe5 11.Bxc6


In such kind of positions, White's majority on the queenside seems to be quite dangerous.

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