Thursday, October 08, 2009

Sicilian Dragon Trap with 6.Nd5!?


I dropped by the Kenilworth Chess Club a couple weeks back, where two players were discussing an amusing trap that begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Nd5!? I have since posted an article on this Sicilian Dragon Trap with 6.Nd5 (and you can download the PGN for your own analysis).

At first glance, this looks like the type of move that should get White in trouble. After all, moving the same piece twice in the opening is rarely good. But it has some bite, and I was intrigued enough (and interested enough in the Sicilian Dragon as Black) to look into it. As I suspected, with best play Black is doing fine, but White is not risking more than equality. Meanwhile, he does set a dastardly trap, because 6....Nxe4? (tempting in blitz) drops at least the Exchange. Can you see how?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Andrew Martin in his "Starting Out: Sicilian Dragon" gives a game of Littlewood's using this line and notes some of the same games. White gets nothing from this.

Anonymous said...

The line is discussed by IM Miodrag Perunovic in "How to Bust the Sicilian Dragon Sidelines."