Studies in: The Dragon – GM Bryan Smith and IM David Vigorito

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Studies in: The Dragon – GM Bryan Smith and IM David Vigorito
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The Dragon is one of the main lines of the Sicillian where Black fianchettoes their bishop on the h8–a1 diagonal. The line is one of the sharpest variations of the Sicilian, making it one of the sharpest of all chess openings. The modern form of the Dragon was originated by German master Louis Paulsen around 1880.
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Studies in: The Dragon

The Dragon is one of the main lines of the Sicillian where Black fianchettoes their bishop on the h8–a1 diagonal. The line is one of the sharpest variations of the Sicilian, making it one of the sharpest of all chess openings. The modern form of the Dragon was originated by German master Louis Paulsen around 1880. It was played frequently by Henry Bird that decade, then received general acceptance around 1900 when played by Harry Nelson Pillsbury and other masters. Here David and Bryan show you how the Dragon can be used successfully and how it can be defeated.

Content: 163 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 6 lectures. PGN Included.

Recommended for: Advanced Players.

Users rated this series: 4.27 out of 5

Chess Fans have said: Awesome lecture. I’ve been monkeying around with the Sicilian for a long time and it was refreshing to see all these new ideas. Well done.

GM Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently splits his time between Novi Sad, Serbia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup. He was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001 and became a GM in 2013. Bryan is the first-ever Grandmaster from Alaska!

IM David Vigorito was the 2007 Massachusetts Champion, as well as the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. He was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club, with a USCF rating of 2479. David played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. He is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian was very well received by critics and players alike, and his second book, Play the Semi-Slav, was eagerly anticipated. David is an active chess coach for students of all ages and levels.

Outline

  • The Dragon Labyrinth
    Sicilian Defense: Dragon Yugoslav Attack, 10.O-O-O
    Kirill Kuderinov vs. Bryan Smith
    Run Time: 00:37:07
  • More Dragon Labyrinth
    Sicilian Defense: Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 7…O-O
    Louie Jiang vs. Bryan Smith
    Run Time: 00:29:37
  • The Dragon Refuted
    Sicilian: Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
    Van der Wiel vs. Sax
    Run Time: 00:23:50
  • The Dragon Refuted – Part II
    Sicilian Defense: Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
    Judit Polgar vs. Gregory Kaidanov
    Run Time: 00:23:26
  • The Dragon Returns
    Sicilian: Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
    Dominguez vs. Smerdon
    Run Time: 00:23:03
  • The Dragon Returns – Part II
    Sicilian Defense: Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
    Benjamin Bok vs. Ivan Cheparinov
    Run Time: 00:26:53