Category Archives: Sicilian Dragon

Czech Open A 2013 Rd1-GM Boros,D

TWIC 977-Pardubice 2013
GMs Boros(HUN) and Gonda(HUN) finished with 6/9.

Life was not so easy for GM Boros in the first round as he battled hard against the Sicilian Dragon. The old 11.Bh6 was nothing special but it did induce black to weaken his pawns. However, white could not break through on the kingside and the game turned to black’s favor.

Nice chess lady 


Hungarian Results
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SNo Name FIDE FED Pts.
15 GM Gonda Laszlo 2538 HUN 6
32 GM Boros Denes 2504 HUN 6
44 IM Sipos Istvan 2471 HUN 5
45 IM Toth Ervin 2471 HUN 5


Boros,De (2504) – Le Ruyet,L (2273)
Sicilian Dragon 9.0–0–0 d5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bh6 [B76]
Czech Open A 2013
Pardubice CZE (1.32), 19.07.2013


Position 1
Black had a fine position and went to the attack with 27…Nc4. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play

27…Nc4
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Budapest TCh 2012-13 Div III Rd7

Here is a game from board 1 played by the Rakosligeti second team in Divsion III. We won the match by a big score,

RAC II – Sárkány DSE IV 11,5:0,5

Horváth,Csaba (1861) – Bán,Dániel Péter (2093)
Sicilian Dragon Yugoslav 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 [B78]
Bp Csb 2012/13 III Szén Budapest (7.1), 03.02.2013

Position 1
The position is sharp and white has just made the normal king shuffle with 23.Kb1. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play

23.Kb1

Tata Steel 2013 A-Rd11 Leko

Here is a beautiful game by Peter Leko from Tata Steel Group A played in rd11. The Tata Steel event was beautifully photographed and organized.

Van Wely defended aggressively with the Sicilian Dragon but Leko invited a RRB-RRN ending and showed some fabulous technique to grind out the win in model fashion.

Leko,P(l) – Van Wely(r) in rd 11

Leko,P (2735) – Van Wely,L (2679)
Sicilian Dragon 9.0-0-0 d5[B76]
75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (11.1), 25.01.2013

Position 1
White has the better structure. How should white continue?

White to Play

28..Kf8


Position 2
Black is preparing a pawn break after playing 47..f6. How should white continue?

White to Play

47…f6

First Saturday 2012-12 IM

Here is a game by Erik Kislik from the recent First Saturday IM RR. Kislik has been living in Budapest for a few years now and plans to return to the U.S. soon.

IM Kislik,E(r) analyzing with GM Hou Yi Fan(left) at the Hungarian Federation in Budapest

The monthly IM norm tournaments usually have about 30% of the participants above 2300 with the occaisional 2400 and are popular in the summer peak months.

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UNR U2200 2201-2300 2301-2400 2400+ Total
Feb 1 1 5 3 1 11
Mar 0 1 7 2 1 11
Apr 0 2 5 1 2 10
May 0 2 5 3 1 11
Jun 0 2 2 1 1 6
Jun 0 4 5 1 0 10
Jul 0 3 5 3 0 11
Aug 0 4 4 2 1 11
Aug 0 3 6 1 1 11
Sept 0 0 8 2 2 12
Oct 0 0 2 3 1 6
Nov 0 2 5 4 1 12
Dec 0 1 5 4 0 10
Total 1 25 64 30 12 132
% 0.8% 18.9% 48.5% 22.7% 9.1% 100%

The net-of-IM participation breakdown shows more clearly that peak participation is in the June-July-August period and that overall about slighlty over half the participants are candidate IMs.

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IM Non-IM Total
Feb 6 5 11
Mar 5 6 11
Apr 7 3 10
May 4 7 11
Jun 3 3 6
Jun 5 5 10
Jul 4 7 11
Aug 4 7 11
Aug 4 7 11
Sept 7 5 12
Oct 3 3 6
Nov 4 8 12
Dec 5 5 10
Total 61 71 132
% 46.2% 53.8% 100%

Kislik,E (2361) – Szalanczy,E (2259)
Sicilian Dragon 9.0-0-0 a5[B76]
FSIM December 2012 Budapest HUN (5.5), 06.12.2012

Position 1
Black has declined the normal central break(…d5) in favor of the rare flank advance …a5-a4. How should white play now?

White to Play

13…Ne5

Position 2
The position is a bit more defined now after 19…ed. How should white play now? What about taking the d-pawn?

White to Play

19…ed

Position 3
Black is fully active after 24…Re8 but so is white. Material favors white with a knight for two pawns but the queenside is shattered. Black has activity on the e-file and the dark squares and is well placed to resist. How should white continue?

White to Play

24…Re8