Tomas Bragesjös Sicilian Dragon games

Introduction

My main defence with black used to be the Sicilian Dragon. I used to have a Dragon homepage and analyzed several thousands of my own Internet blitz games and I also entered blitz games from local club into my database. The Dragon has like many sharp openings many long forced draws and confusing similar lines and also some lines where black is realistic playing for a draw.

Here I show all of my standardtime Dragon games, and a few rapid and blitz games vs Eskilstuna players and some old games from Trettondagsblixten that I found in my database.

Mentioned in books

I posted several new ideas at Chesspub forum and some of my ideas and analyzes has my name attached to it in the book "GM Repertour Sicilian Dragon" by Gawain Jones.

One of my wins from the old site is mentioned in a book called "Attacking 101: Volume #002" by Joel Johnson as an introduction to Chinese Dragon.

I also posted a refutation of Dragadorf. The lines goes 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 a6 7. Be2 Bg7 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.O-O-O O-O 10.Kb1! and is an improved Be2 Yugoslav like variation. The normal Be2 Yugoslav like variation goes 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Be2 O-O 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.O-O-O and is an interesting line, basically a Yugoslav attack but low theory, but it leads to equal play. But when the moves Kb1 and a6 are inserted and this line greatly favors white since blacks best setup is ruled out by white having played the usefull move Kb1 for free and blacks a6 is way to slow.

Dragon proper event 2018

In 2018 I played in a thematical Dragon tournament at ICCF. My score ended up in in +1 =11 -0. Two of the draws was against a Corr SIM and two other draws was against an other opponent rated over 2300. One odd factor is that I met critical lines with both sides in every game while the other players played craplines among themself, so bad lines that the ended up in a lost positions quickly even as white! I know this becouse this was a large event where all games where viewable after completion when a given number of games was completed. Since they scored several wins against each other in craplines I did not reach the semifinal despite winning one game and not losing a single game.

In one of the games I played a sound Queen sacrifice with black after 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.O-O-O d5 10.Kb1 Nxd4 11.e5 Nf5 12.exf6 exf6 13.Nxd5 Nxe3 14.Qxe3 Be6 15.Bc4 f5 16.c3 Re8 17.Nf4 Bxc4 18.Rxd8 Raxd8 that ended up in a draw. Two other of my black games went 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 Bd7 10.O-O-O Rc8 11.Bb3 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.h4 a5 14.h5 a4 15.Bxf6 exf6 16.Bd5 b4 17.hxg6 hxg6 18.Ne2 f5 19.Nd4 Rc5 20.Kb1 Qc7 21.Qg5 Rxd5 22.exd5 b3 and both became draws, I even sacrificed the exchange again at move 28 in one of the games.

Accelerated Dragon event

In 2020 I started in a Accelerated Dragon event, it will be interesting since I played Accelerated Dragon as black too for a short period. However, the events starts after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bg7 meaning that the very popular Gurgenidze System with an early Nxd4 vs Marocy Bind is ruled out, thus most players will be on unfamilar ground in the black games in this event.

I my group of the event I played Marocy Bind in every white game but I did not met it in a single black game, I instead met Bc4 yugoslav like where we transposed to regular Dragon. In a few games I met irregular lines not rated high by theory.

In thematical tournaments at ICCF

Start yearEventPointsResult
2018WSTT/7/17 - Sicilian Dragon, B70-B796,5/12: +1 =11 -04th in section .
2020WSTT/7/19/2 - Sicilian, Accelerated Dragon, B278/10: +6 =4 -0I have no games left but the tournament is not completed yet .
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