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Introduction and Free Preview  Free
  • Flexibility - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Structures with Pawn on d5 - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Exchange Sacrifice - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Piece Sacrifice - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Rauzer: 9.0-0-0 Structure - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Rauzer: 9.g4 - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Rauzer: 9.Bc4 - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Strategy Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 1 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5  Closed
  • Chapter 1 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 2 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Nxc6  Closed
  • Chapter 2 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 3 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bh6  Closed
  • Chapter 3 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 4 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5  Closed
  • Chapter 4 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 5 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Qxd5  Closed
  • Chapter 5 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 6 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4  Closed
  • Chapter 6 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 7 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4 e5 13.Bc5 Be6 14.Ne4  Closed
  • Chapter 7 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 8 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4 e5 13.Bc5 Be6 14.Ne4 Re8 15.h4  Closed
  • Chapter 8 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 9 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Kb1  Closed
  • Chapter 9 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 10 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Kb1 Nxd4 11.e5 Nf5 12.exf6 exf6 13.Bc5  Closed
  • Chapter 10 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 11 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Kb1 Nxd4 11.e5 Nf5 12.exf6 exf6 13.Bc5 d4 14.Bxf8 Qxf8 15.Nb5  Closed
  • Chapter 11 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 12 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Kb1 Nxd4 11.e5 Nf5 12.exf6 exf6 13.Bc5 d4 14.Bxf8 Qxf8 15.Nb5 Ne3 16.Re1 f5 17.f4  Closed
  • Chapter 12 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 13 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Qe1  Closed
  • Chapter 13 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 14 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Qe1 e5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Bc4 Be6 14.Ne4  Closed
  • Chapter 14 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 15 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Qe1 e5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Bc4 Be6 14.Ne4 Qc7 15.Bc5 Rfd8 16.g4  Closed
  • Chapter 15 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 16 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Qe1 e5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Bc4 Be6 14.Ne4 Qc7 15.Bc5 Rfd8 16.Qh4  Closed
  • Chapter 16 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 17 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.g4  Closed
  • Chapter 17 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 18 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.g4 Be6 10.Nxe6 fxe6  Closed
  • Chapter 18 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 19 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.g4 Be6 10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.0-0-0  Closed
  • Chapter 19 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 20 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.g4 Be6 10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.0-0-0 Ne5 12.Be2 Qc8 13.h4  Closed
  • Chapter 20 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 21 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.g4 Be6 10.0-0-0  Closed
  • Chapter 21 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 22 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.g4 Be6 10.0-0-0 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Qa5 12.Kb1 Rfc8 13.a3  Closed
  • Chapter 22 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 23 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.g4 Be6 10.0-0-0 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Qa5 12.a3  Closed
  • Chapter 23 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 24 - The Yugoslav Attack  Closed
  • Chapter 25 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0  Closed
  • Chapter 25 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 26 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.Nd5  Closed
  • Chapter 26 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 27 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.g4  Closed
  • Chapter 27 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 28 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4  Closed
  • Chapter 28 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 29 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.Rdg1  Closed
  • Chapter 29 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chatper 30 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.g4  Closed
  • Chapter 30 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chatper 31 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.Kb1  Closed
  • Chapter 31 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chatper 32 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.Kb1 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.Nde2  Closed
  • Chapter 32 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chatper 33 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.Kb1 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.g4  Closed
  • Chapter 33 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chatper 34 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.Bh6  Closed
  • Chapter 34 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chatper 35 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.Bg5  Closed
  • Chapter 35 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chatper 36 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.Bg5 Rc5 14.Kb1  Closed
  • Chapter 36 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chatper 37 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.Bg5 Rc5 14.Kb1 b5 15.g4  Closed
  • Chapter 37 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chatper 38 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.Bg5 Rc5 14.Kb1 b5 15.g4 a5 16.gxh5 a4 17.Bxf6  Closed
  • Chapter 38 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chatper 39 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.Bg5 Rc5 14.g4  Closed
  • Chapter 39 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chatper 40 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.Bg5 Rc5 14.g4 hxg4 15.h5  Closed
  • Chapter 40 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 41 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.g3  Closed
  • Chapter 41 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 42 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.h3 0-0 8.Bc4  Closed
  • Chapter 42 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 43 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bc4  Closed
  • Chapter 43 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 44 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be2  Closed
  • Chapter 44 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 45 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Be3  Closed
  • Chapter 45 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 46 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Be3 Nc6 9.Qd2  Closed
  • Chapter 46 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 47 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Be3 Nc6 9.f4  Closed
  • Chapter 47 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 48 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Be3 Nc6 9.Nb3  Closed
  • Chapter 48 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 49 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Re1  Closed
  • Chapter 49 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 50 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Bg5  Closed
  • Chapter 50 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 51 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.f4  Closed
  • Chapter 51 - Memory Booster  Closed
  • Chapter 52 - 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bg5  Closed
  • Chapter 52 - Memory Booster  Closed
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    Complete Dragon Repertoire

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    We have the pleasure to present a unique opening course by GM Mihail Marin - Complete Dragon Repertoire. This opening database is different from everything we have been doing so far.

    The material consists of the following components: Theoretical Part (51 Opening Chapters), Video Part (2 hours running time), Memory Booster, and Strategy Booster.

    The Strategy Booster is a new feature of the Modern Chess opening courses. The Strategy Booster consists of thematic exercises divided into several categories. While the Memory Booster helps you in the process of memorization of the concrete lines, the Strategy Booster is designed to improve your understanding and intuition. In this database, the Strategy Booster includes 59 exercises (with extensively annotated solutions) divided into the following 5 sections - Attack, Tactics and Calculation, Positional Sacrifices, Structure with 9...d5, White Pawn on d5.

    Introduction by the Author

    The main position of our current repertoire arises after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6

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    During my teenage, I noticed that many of the young promising Soviet players had the Dragon in their repertoire. I inferred that at that age, their trainers considered that this sharp opening develops a series of qualities, such as tactical skills and the ability to take decisions in extremely sharp positions. I have been playing the Dragon at a more advanced age, between 1994-1996. I got so much into it that during those years I used other openings in very rare cases only.

    My main idea had been to retrieve my vitality from earlier years since I felt that my play between 1991-1993 had lost some of its strength. Why did I stop playing it? That sounds like a natural question. This happened when Kasparov used it for turning the World title match with Anand to his favour (among others, he used one of my recent novelties). I understood that the opening would become popular instantly and I have never intended to play along fashionable paths. I took up the Dragon when it had almost fallen into oblivion, but after that match, I felt that it ceased to be "my personal" opening.

    After a break of a quarter of a century, with plenty of time during the quarantine year, I suddenly felt the urge to study the Dragon again. This database is the result of my latest researches (even though much of what I knew earlier still applies).

    Optically, the Dragon is the most aesthetically appealing Sicilian, due to the elegant structure reminding of a Dragon's tail (as, for instance, in the constellation with the same name).

    I was surprised when the former World title candidate Kevin Spraggett (with whom I have been maintaining friendly relations for decades) criticised the Dragon for its lack of flexibility. He did not give more details, but I thought that he might have had two different aspects in mind. Let us compare the Dragon with the Scheveningen system. In the latter variation, Black has a central "hedgehog" consisting of the pawns on e6 and d6. They control a lot of central squares, preventing for instance Nd5 (unless there is a tactical justification for it). Moreover, Black can choose whether to attack the centre with ...e6-e5 or ...d6-d5. This requires from White to be permanently alert and somewhat restricts his active possibilities. From this point of view, the Dragon structure looks more rigid. On the other hand, the strong bishop on g7 adds force to the queenside attack. Besides, Black has no obvious weakness in the centre (in the Scheveningen, the d6-pawn is relatively weak, for instance). The positional systems examined in the Lines 40 to 51 show that Black's play is no less flexible than White's! The second aspect behind Kevin's statement may refer to the sharp positions arising in the Rauzer attack (Lines 1 to 39). Indeed, Black is frequently walking on a tight rope, with rare possibilities of deviating. This is a reason why this opening experienced long periods of crisis. However, the same can be said about White, who has to avoid numerous tactical dangers on the way to building an attack. A natural question is why did the crisis happen only from Black's point of view? I would answer that Black needs a bit more imagination in order to keep the game going with balanced chances in irrational positions. As mentioned above, this is precisely why one needs to play the Dragon at least for a while if one wishes to develop certain skills, useful in all kinds of other openings, too!

    If you wish to develop your fighting skills, I believe that the Dragon deserves a try from you, dear reader! As the last word, you may have noticed already that the Rauzer attack occupies almost 80% of the space below. This is explained by the fact that play is extremely concrete in this system. One does not have to remember all the examined lines, but the material below should be useful for developing one's specific intuition. Hopefully, it will also please your aesthetic feelings! The positional systems do not require very precise knowledge. Therefore, the character of my analysis is anything but exhaustive. I have kept a depth level that I consider sufficient for myself and I am sure that this will be useful for the reader, too.

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