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Queen placement in the Dragon

One of Black's development plans will include moves like Nd7 intending Ne5 hitting the Q and Bishop if the Q is on d3. This will cost White an important tempo in this dynamic opening. Black's plans ...
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Why is an early e5 against a Yugoslav setup evaluated at +2.6 according to Stockfish?

Besides Mike Jones' correct positional explanation, Black is also losing material at once after the simple 8.Ndb5. White attacks the d6 pawn, whose capture would also deprive Black of castling rights. ...
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Why is an early e5 against a Yugoslav setup evaluated at +2.6 according to Stockfish?

This move creates several weaknesses, at f6, d5, and d6, and restricts the movement of the Bg7. The outpost weakness is usually shown by the game https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1257953. ...
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Queen placement in the Dragon

Qd2 is used in these lines to support the Be3, which is typically played to h6 to exchange for the Bg7, followed by a pawn attack on the king-side.
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Pawn storm, should I start with h4 or g4?

Typically you use a pawn storm to exchange pawns around the castled enemy king and thereby to open lines and diagonals for an attack. Most of the time you want a closed (to some extent) center in ...
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Why is f3 not as strong in some sicillian dragon?

This question is about the Accelerated Dragon, where Black hasn't yet committed to playing d6. The entire point of the Accelerated Dragon is to dodge the Yugoslav attack lines you want to go into, ...
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Pawn storm, should I start with h4 or g4?

The main purpose of a pawn storm is to exchange pawns and open lines. Therefore, in the ideal case you should push the pawn that can easily be exchanged. With a Black pawn on g6, it makes sense to ...
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Queen placement in the Dragon

Without giving a long, drawn out explanation, the simple answer is that you're decreasing the mobility of the queen. The queen only has three legal moves from d3 and all of them waste time. Qd2 loses ...
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Pawn storm, should I start with h4 or g4?

I'd play h4 in positions 3 and 4, without losing the g4 tmepo. As for 1 and 2, I'd follow the same criteria except if Black's ...h5 reaction is strong enough to give me a reason to play g4
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Sicilian Dragon

For starters, 13.Kb1 is considered the main line and scores at 73% to only 51% for 13.h5. In general, I do not think it is very good to ever allow the Rc3 exchange sac there. In the main line, 13.Kb1 ...
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Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation

Something that instantly stands out to me is that 12. Bd4 challenges black's strong fiancettoed bishop. Black must submit to trading pieces or weaken his bishop. Also,12. Bd4 removes pressure from ...
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Sicilian dragon classic games

Fischer - Larsen, Portoroz 1958 also known as "Slaying the Dragon" in his book, 60 Memorable games is recommended required reading. The opening moves for the dragon, accelerated and hyperaccelerated ...
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Sicilian Defence or Caro-Kann also help with Queen's pawn opening

For a more meaningful answer, it'd be a great idea to know what your current skill level is. That being said: Knowing an opening is not about knowing "what's on the book". If you can't find ...
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Plans for black when White castles short in the Sicilian dragon

Pretty much any open Sicilian when both sides have castled King-side Black can seek counter-play against the center by undermining the Knight on c3 with b5-b4 ideas or if allowed Rxc3 exchange sacs. ...
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Queen placement in the Dragon

The queen on d2 allows for a future Bh6 exchanging the bishops and preparing a h4-h5 push with a strong attack for White. With Qd3, you are exposing it to attack (...Nc6-e5 is a typical maneuvre in ...
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Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation

In the line with 9.0-0-0 d5, by contrast with 9.Bc4 or 9.0-0-0 Bd7, the center gets open and White is more often aiming for play in the center than on the h-file. White wants to neutralize the strong ...
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Sicilian dragon classic games

Karpov-Kortchnoi from the 1974 Candidates Final which turned out to decide the World Champion is a famous and appealing dragon game and part of chess history.
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Plans for black when White castles short in the Sicilian dragon

What are the plans for Black when White castles short in the Sicilian dragon Good news. Black's position is fine; a useful half-open c-file without risks being blow off on the king side. White's ...
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Dark squares weakness in the Sicilian Dragon

Trading dark squared bishops (DSBs) does weaken the kingside dark squares. It is also true that without a DSB, white has a slightly harder time attacking the dark squares. But the queen is an ...
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Dark squares weakness in the Sicilian Dragon

When the fianchettoed bishop is gone, the opponent can do this and it's not easy to dislodge the queen: [FEN "6k1/4pp1p/3p2pQ/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] When the fianchettoed bishop is still ...
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