Friday, April 1, 2016

Sicilian Dragon Defense Chess Ideas

You know it happens. Your opponent takes you out of the book. Now what? "Just play chess," they say. But how? Try this approach. 1. Remember the ideas of this opening. 2. Pick an idea that looks good now. 3. Play it. The Sicilian Defence Dragon Variation is an aggressive opening you can play without much knowledge of theory. Really? Sure.

Picture the Sicilian Dragon as a tree. The main line is fairly skinny up to moves 9 or 10. Then branches go all over the place. Trying to know all the lines is like trying to know all the names in an old phone book. It's impossible and unnecessary. Just follow the plan.

White castles queenside. Black castles kingside. As White you play g4, h4, Bh6, Kb1, and h5 if possible in some order. You open up the kingside and threaten the king. As Black you aim your pawns and pieces to open queenside files and diagonals. Eliminate the defenses and threaten the king. Adjust based on tactics.

I recall Mark Blitshteyn as a friendly young man, with maybe a Russian accent. During the Cold War, most Russian chess players I knew of were masters. Mark was a club player rated 1747. He came to America and enjoyed playing chess. Wonderful!

Our game was from an event at the North Penn Chess Club near Philadelphia. Black sacrificed to keep attacking, but his position was in pieces when he ran out of pieces.

Sawyer - Blitshteyn (1747), Lansdale, PA 22.05.1982 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bd7 7.f3 Bg7 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 Nc6 10.Bc4 a6 11.h4 b5 12.Bb3 Na5 13.Bh6 Nxb3+ [13...Bxh6 14.Qxh6 e5=] 14.Nxb3 Be6 15.g4 Bxb3 16.axb3 Qa5 [16...Bxh6 17.Qxh6+/=] 17.Kb1 b4 [17...Bxh6 18.Qxh6+/-] 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.exd5 Rac8 [19...f6 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.h5+-] 20.h5 Bxb2 [20...Bxh6 21.Qxh6+-] 21.Kxb2 Qa3+ 22.Kb1 Rc5 23.Bxf8 Ra5 24.Qd4 Qa2+ 25.Kc1 f6 26.Bxe7 Rc5 27.Qb2 Qa5 28.Qxf6 Qa3+ 29.Qb2 Qa5 30.hxg6 Rxc2+ 31.Kxc2 1-0

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