[March 16, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation – Yugoslav Attack

[Line 466 : 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4]

The Yugoslav Attack in the Dragon Variation is certainly one of the most daring lines in the modern chess theory.

The most popular continuation is 9… Bd7. If White opts for 10. Bb3 Black has, apart from 10… Rc8, two extra possibilities: 10… Nxd4 11. Bxd4 b5 and 10… Na5, both with roughly equal chances.

The main move is 10. O-O-O, where Black has, besides the most common 10… Rc8, two also interesting options: 10… Rb8 (Chinese Variation) and 10… Qb8. The game is very sharp and with mutual chances in both of these sidelines, though  White’s position, if played accurately, should be slightly preferable.

One of the best known tabiyas of the Dragon Variation occurs after 10… Rc8 11. Bb3 Ne5. Now, lines 12. Kb1 Re8 and 12. h4 h5 are considered to be of about the same strength, both leading to highly complex positions.

For club level players we recommend rarely played, yet viable, 9… Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Be6 leading to positions that are balanced, but a bit easier to play with white pieces.

[Diagram: White to Move] The end of a famous game: A. Karpov – V. Korchnoi, Moscow (m/2) 1974. To crack his opponent’s defense White needs to remove the black Knight from protecting the h7-pawn. White to play and win!

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