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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #91 - 04/18/12 at 16:38:23
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Do you think this line is a better or worse version of the so-called "Dragadorf" ? 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.f4 (Bc4 !?) g6!? do you have experience or analysis ?
  
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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #90 - 07/29/10 at 19:46:21
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bragesjo wrote on 07/29/10 at 16:19:21:
I think that reason why this line has not been played at 2500 levels might have something to do with the Bc4 lines given in Dismantling the Sicilian or else it is might be a matter of fashion.


which is the case for many good openings, just not in fashion.
  
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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #89 - 07/29/10 at 16:19:21
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I think that reason why this line has not been played at 2500 levels might have something to do with the Bc4 lines given in Dismantling the Sicilian or else it is might be a matter of fashion.
  
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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #88 - 07/29/10 at 15:41:49
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wcywing wrote on 07/20/10 at 20:59:25:
so its safe for us mortals to play the dragadorf? 


Been wondering something similar myself, although "safe" is not the word  that springs immediately to my mind when discussing the Dragon.

I notice that there have been very few games with the Reshevsky variation (aka Dragodorf) by 2500+ players so far in 2010, which does make me wonder a bit...
  
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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #87 - 07/28/10 at 12:20:29
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Especially if you can spell it properly. Wink
  
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Reply #86 - 07/28/10 at 12:01:05
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wcywing wrote on 07/20/10 at 20:59:25:
so its safe for us mortals to play the dragadorf? 


Yes
  
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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #85 - 07/28/10 at 01:23:13
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wcywing wrote on 07/20/10 at 20:59:25:
so its safe for us mortals to play the dragadorf?  



I've actually played the Dragondorf in blitz a few times with decent results, it seems solid enough to play, sharp at times, lots of tricks to watch out for on both sides, but if you know the lines you should be fine in most lines.

It can be quite the surprise weapon to use. If any of you want the book, I have a new copy of it (I opened it a couple of times, but otherwise new) that i'm willing to trade for some other chess books.
  

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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #84 - 07/20/10 at 20:59:25
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so its safe for us mortals to play the dragadorf?
  
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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #83 - 01/12/10 at 11:47:32
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McDonalds book has not recived high reviews.
It can form a backbonde of a repertour but reaseach are needed since there are several holes or sometimes does not go particellery far or detailed but on the other hand, writing a 1 e4 white book when open sicilian is a part of it is difficult to do in one single volume.
  
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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #82 - 01/11/10 at 13:09:26
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Thanks Bragesjo! Much appreciated. Since I don't have Khalifman nor Williams' books nor Martin's DVD, this is useful for me to check with the actual game and try to decipher what had happened. And thanks for the tip on McDonald's book.
  

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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #81 - 01/11/10 at 12:16:30
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Some thought about g5 Nh5 a4 line

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "New game"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[PlyCount "31"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 a6 8. Qd2
Nbd7 9. g4 b5 10. g5 Nh5 11. a4 {recommended by both Khalifman  in "Opening
for White according to Anand 11" as well as by McDonald in "Starting out 1 e4"}
bxa4 12. Rxa4 Bb7 (12... O-O {is also mentioend in "The new sicilian Dragon"}
13. Be2 {is best according to Khalifman unmentoned} Nc5 14. Ra3 Bb7 15. Nb3
Nxb3 16. Rxb3 Qd7 17. O-O {white has a posiional edge according to Khalifman})
13. Nb3 {Mentioed in passing i" The new Sicilian Dragon"} O-O 14. Be2 a5 15.
O-O Bc6 16. Ra3 {Khalifmans move, unmentioned. Not shure what the difference
are} (16. Ra2 Nc5 {is mentioend in "The new Sicilian Dragon" while "ABC of the
Sicilian Dragon" provdes full annnotation of the game (Ishkanov-Ehlvest 2005)})
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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #80 - 01/10/10 at 16:41:09
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Nothing to do so I took a closer look at the game.
Kf2 seems like a novelty but not a particellry strong.

Black coudld have played both 15 .. Be5 Since f4 is impossiolbe and Nd5 is meet by e6. After Be5 black can in some line play Ne6 with a grip at f4 square but Qc8 as played was quite strong if black had choosen a different follow up. After 17 b4 black should have played e5 leeding to an unclear play (Rybka slighlty favors black but the position is a mess).

About Khalifman line and  Anand book nr I will make a post later tonight, can also show what Martins DVD recommened agianst it as well as compare with the book this threads is about line aginast it.
  
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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #79 - 01/09/10 at 21:40:00
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Here is the pgn of the game:

[Event "Australian Championship"]
[Site "NSLCC, Cammeray, NSW"]
[Date "2010.01.09"]
[Round "7.4"]
[White "Solomon, Stephen"]
[Black "Jones, Gawain"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B75"]
[WhiteElo "2428"]
[BlackElo "2561"]
[PlyCount "111"]
[EventDate "2010.01.02"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "AUS"]
[SourceDate "2010.01.02"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 a6 7. f3 Nbd7 8. Qd2
Bg7 9. g4 b5 10. g5 Nh5 11. a4 bxa4 12. Rxa4 Bb7 13. Kf2 O-O 14. Be2 Nc5 15.
Ra3 Qc8 16. Nd5 Qh3 17. b4 Ne6 18. Nf5 gxf5 19. Nxe7+ Kh8 20. Nxf5 Nf6 21. gxf6
Bxf6 22. Bf1 Qh5 23. Nxd6 Rad8 24. Rd3 Bh4+ 25. Ke2 Rxd6 26. Rxd6 Bxe4 27. Qc3+
f6 28. Kd2 Bxf3 29. Rg1 Bg5 30. Rxe6 Qxh2+ 31. Rg2 Bxg2 32. Bxg5 Bxf1+ 33. Kc1
Kg8 34. Bxf6 a5 35. Kb2 Qf4 36. bxa5 h5 37. Be5 Qg4 38. Re7 Rf7 39. Qb3 Bc4 40.
Qb8+ Rf8 41. Qb7 Bf7 42. a6 Qa4 43. Qg2+ Qg4 44. Qxg4+ hxg4 45. a7 g3 46. Rxf7
Kxf7 47. Bxg3 Ra8 48. Bb8 Ke6 49. Kc3 Kd5 50. Kb4 Kc6 51. Kc4 Kb6 52. Kd5 Kb5
53. c4+ Kb6 54. Kd6 Kb7 55. c5 Kc8 56. Kc6 1-0

And Thanks bragesjo. I don't have Khalifman's Anand book vol 10? 11? 12?

BTW was there a ...f5 that Black could have played at some time?
  

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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #78 - 01/09/10 at 17:36:49
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This sub variation (g5 followed by a4) was recommended by Khalifman in Opening for White according to Anand series. In my view it is not the most critical line but still quite dangerous.
  
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Re: "The New Sicilian Dragon" by Simon Williams
Reply #77 - 01/09/10 at 14:25:09
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I searched for an appropriate thread to post on the New Sicilian Dragon (Dragondorf? Dragadorf?) but I thought I will post here ...

At the Australian Championships (in progress and currently Rd 7/11), GM Gawain Jones (GM I an Rogers providing commentary said that GM Jones is a close friend of GM Simon Williams) essayed the Dragadorf against the defending Australian champion IM Stephen Solomon. After the game IM Solomon admitted he knew nothing about this opening but ...... in the words of GM Rogers http://www.australianchesschampionship.com/pm/pmwiki.php?n=Main.BulletinByIanRog...:
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However by the time the unusual diagrammed position was reached [move 17] Solomon showed he had everything under control with a fantastic combination.

The pgn is not available as yet but the game is still available for replaying on the live board http://www.australianchesschampionship.com/pm/pmwiki.php?n=Main.LiveBoards.
I will provide the pgn when available.

GM Rogers has tagged it as one of the most amazing game of the Championship and credited IM Solomon with moves which are really creative and truly unexpected.
  

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