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Re: What I don't like in the dragon ...
Reply #3 - 11/28/07 at 16:37:19
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We don mind to exchange queeens do we?
Blacks chanses in the dragon are higher in endnings since he has a better pawn structure.

[Event "PCA-World Championship"]
[Site "New York"]
[Date "1995.09.??"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Anand,Viswanathan"]
[Black "Kasparov,Garry"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B78"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6
9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Ne5 11.Bb3 Rc8 12.h4 h5 13.Kb1 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.Nde2 b5 16.Bh6 Qa5
17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Nf4 Rfc8 19.Ncd5 Qxd2 20.Rxd2 Nxd5 21.Nxd5 Kf8 22.Re1 Rb8 23.b3 Rc5 24.Nf4 Rbc8
25.Kb2 a5 26.a3 Kg7 27.Nd5 Be6 28.b4 axb4 29.axb4 Rc4 30.Nb6 Rxb4+ 31.Ka3 Rxc2 0-1


  
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Re: What I don't like in the dragon ...
Reply #2 - 11/28/07 at 10:55:53
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From White's point of view:

IMO these typical Dragon endgames with their frequent material imbalances are far more difficult for White to grasp (due to less chances to practice them). I see it as an added plus for Black players who specialise in the Dragon (of course this holds if the endgame entered is more or less equal).
  

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Re: What I don't like in the dragon ...
Reply #1 - 11/27/07 at 21:29:52
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It depends on your style but when you play the dragon you should be prepared for the typical endgames arising from it.
I started to play the dragon about 1 year ago and after some games I was really surprised that a good opening preparation is far from enough is this opening: you have to be able to handle the above mentioned endgames. (well, it is true for each opening but I have the impression it is more true for the dragon)
After understanding this, I thought of stopping with the dragon and coming back to the Pirc but I cannot: I got addicted  Huh
  

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What I don't like in the dragon ...
11/27/07 at 21:15:07
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is that white can quite often go for an endgame without queens, if he wants to,
in other sicilians black is hardly obliged to exchange queens.
  
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