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Sicilian Dragon: The Real Deal! Part 3

Following on from ‘Part 1: Understanding The Dragon’ where important themes and concepts were explained, now it’s time to delve into the theory that has shaped this exciting opening over the years. From reasons why once popular variations are no more (but with revival suggestions!) to coverage of the more modern systems currently deployed by the World’s elite, this two-parter has it all! 

Everybody loves Yugoslav Attack encounters and in this video course it is the sharp 9 Bc4 line that takes centre stage. Whilst these days most focus on the Soltis, Topalov and Chinese Variations, also covered here, other Black options similarly come under the microscope. Everything non-Yugoslav Attack is also then visited including the trendy ‘Long Castles Classical’ approach. With his constant monthly monitoring of Dragon games Worldwide on the chesspublishing site, Chris argues that rather than being analysed to death as many had predicted, in fact the opening has flourished in recent times with new ideas and variations frequently popping up. The viewer won’t be overwhelmed with myriads of moves to learn but with a nice choice of systems, will receive a good grounding in all chapters that can be used as a fantastic springboard for further investigation. There is simply no doubt that with these video courses assimilated, the user will be more ready than ever to enter the Dragon! Themes: Yugoslav Attack 9 Bc4, Classical and Fianchetto Systems

• Video running time: 6 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Extrait vidéo


  • Introduction
  • Yugoslav Attack 9.Bc4
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4
  • Soltis Variation Part 1: 9...Bd7 10.h4
  • Soltis Variation Part 2: 9...Bd7 10.0-0-0 Ne5 11.Bb3 Rc8 12.Kb1
  • Chinese Variation Part 1: 9...Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.Bb3 Na5 12.Kb1/g4
  • Chinese Variation Part 2: 9...Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.h4 b5 and 11.Bb3 Na5 12.Bh6
  • Topalov System 9...Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5
  • 9...Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6/Qa5
  • Old Variations: 9...Nd7; 9...Bd7 10.0-0-0 Qb8/Qc7
  • Old Variations: 9...Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 without h5; 9...Bd7 10.0-0-0 Qa5
  • 9...Bd7 10.Bb3 and h4
  • Non-Yugoslav lines
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6
  • Long Castles Classical Variation: 6.Be2 Bg7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0
  • Classical Variation: 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0
  • Modern Classical Variation: 6.Bc4
  • Fianchetto Variation: 6.g3
  • Levenfish 6.f4 and 6.Bg5
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