Secrets of the Sicilian Dragon

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Cardoza Publishing, 1998 - Games - 208 pages
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The mighty Dragon Variation of the Sicilian Defense is one of the most exciting openings in chess, and one of the most popular for action players. The authors introduce the Dragon by tracing its history and then providing strategies and tactics with detailed examples of the most brilliant games of the most famous Dragoneers.

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Contents

HISTORY OF THE DRAGON
15
The Dragon Gets its Name
17
A QUESTION OF MOVE ORDER
18
ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS
24
Battle for Control of d5
25
Sacrifice at c3
27
Sacrifice at g4
33
Fischers Sac Sac mate
34
Sacrificing the Pawn at d6
98
Sacrificing a Knight at c4
100
Controlling Dark Squares without the Dragon Bishop
101
TYPICAL MISTAKES
103
Giving up the Dragon Bishop
106
A Moments Hesitation
110
GREAT ESCAPES
112
DRAGON ENDGAMES
125

ATTACKING PLANS FOR BLACK
38
The Standard Attack
39
White Refrains from Bc4
41
Attack on the afile
42
White Castles Kingside
44
ATTACKING PLANS FOR WHITE
48
Levenfishing
52
Fianchetto System
53
Tal Attack
55
Yugoslav Attack
59
NINE TACTICAL THEMES FOR WHITE
62
Weakness at f7
64
Rook Sacrifice at h7
67
Weakness of Blacks Back Rank
69
Deflection of King to h8
70
Break at e5
71
Break at f5
72
Sacrifice at f6
75
TEN TACTICAL THEMES FOR BLACK
77
Sacrifice at g4
80
Trapping a Knight at e7
88
Sicilian Break withd5
91
Queenside Break withb5
93
Pinned or Overworked Pawn at b2
95
Blocking Lines
97
DONT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ
131
THE DRAGON HALL OF FAME
139
Mikhail Botvinnik
140
Thomas Ernst
142
Kiril Georgiev
144
Eduard Gufeld
147
Garry Kasparov
149
Sergey Kudrin
153
David Levy
155
Georgy Lisitsin
157
Jonathan Mestel
160
Tony Miles
161
Gennady Nesis
163
Margeir Petursson
172
Harry Nelson Pillsbury
174
Attila Schneider
175
Andrew Soltis
177
Gena Sosonko
179
Sergei Tiviakov
183
Dragoljub Velimirovic
188
Chris Ward
190
William Watson
193
THE LITERATURE OF THE DRAGON
197
Copyright

About the author (1998)

Considered one of the world's foremost chess analysts, writers, and teachers, Schiller is internationally recognized for his works on chess. He is a National and Life Master of the United States Chess Federation and holds titles of FIDE Master, International Arbiter and International Organizer from the World Chess Federation.

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