Sicilian Dragon Powerbook 2022

For the new edition of the Sicilian Dragon Powerbook the Elo average was set to at least 2450 (computer chess) or 2400 (human chess). This threshold was achieved by 14000 games from Mega 2023 and from correspondence chess, to which have been added 161 000 games from the engine room of playchess.com. The Dragon is one of those openings which you do not simply play but which turns into a passion. With this setup you avoid boring symmetrical positions but by playing it accept greater risks. However, the risk can also be minimised with good theoretical knowledge.

In the Sicilian Dragon Powerbook 2022 too, nice discoveries await you. The numbers confirm that White should aim to castle long with 6.Be3, since the alternatives are harmless. After 6...Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 you are faced with the next decision. In modern tournament practice there is a slight trend to 9.0-0-0, which is also confirmed by the statistics in the Powerbook. To be sure, the exciting variations occur after 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5

Here the statistics also confirm that the waiting move 12.Kb1 is much stronger than the alternatives. Black must deviate beforehand and there is, e.g., the very popular, Topalov Variation 11...Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5.

However, the pretty picture from White’s point of view is contradicted by unsatisfactory evaluations in human practice.

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