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Re: Introduction to Dragon for 2100 rated player
Reply #3 - 09/01/14 at 06:12:20
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Dearings book is very good but several lines are out of date.
Chess Developments: the Sicilian Dragon is a must for any seriois Dragon player.

Also doent forget to prepare for anti sicilians.
  
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Re: Introduction to Dragon for 2100 rated player
Reply #2 - 08/29/14 at 15:02:17
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I think that if you're willing to put in the effort, there are few better openings for club players. To actually mate a good Dragon player as Black is tough, and when I was playing it, I was winning a lot of games simply by refuting the same over-ambitious attacks. I cannot count how many games I won after either of these:





I think both are from Dearing's old but wonderful book. My copy is a shame to look at, but has served me well over the years.
  
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Re: Introduction to Dragon for 2100 rated player
Reply #1 - 08/29/14 at 10:46:02
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Anon wrote on 08/29/14 at 04:52:33:
I suspect at club level a working knowledge of the main lines and understanding of themes and typical tactics might suffice.


Club players of a hacking disposition will know the typical Yugoslav attack ideas. Whilst in many openings, not knowing the theory response will just leave the defender with a worse position, in the Dragon, it's probably mate. The same can apply to allowing the Marshall in the Spanish.
  
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Introduction to Dragon for 2100 rated player
08/29/14 at 04:52:33
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Do you think that Williams DVD or the Nielsen ones are a better introduction to the Dragon from both an instructive perspective and enjoyment perspective? I don't own either and am wondering what readers think. My impression from reading the forum is Nielsen is probably more thorough and up to date in relation to main lines. From what I have seen of Williams he is enjoyable to listen too.

Second question- do you think Dragon is suitable for club players. I was tempted to say no because of the amount of theory involved- but one could almost say that about many other openings. I suspect at club level a working knowledge of the main lines and understanding of themes and typical tactics might suffice.

  
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