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Starting Out:The Sicilian Dragon

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Few would disagree that the Sicilian Dragon is one of the most exciting, high profile and controversial openings in chess history. Right from the very beginning of the game Black chooses to unbalance the position, thus maximizing his or her chances of playing for a win. The positions reached are dynamic and of a highly tactical nature, with both players very often going straight for each other's throats in search of a quick-fire knockout blow. In these razor-sharp encounters, it goes without saying that one slip ...
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Overview

Few would disagree that the Sicilian Dragon is one of the most exciting, high profile and controversial openings in chess history. Right from the very beginning of the game Black chooses to unbalance the position, thus maximizing his or her chances of playing for a win. The positions reached are dynamic and of a highly tactical nature, with both players very often going straight for each other's throats in search of a quick-fire knockout blow. In these razor-sharp encounters, it goes without saying that one slip by either side can prove to be fatal. Because of its aggressive nature, the Sicilian Dragon is very popular at all levels of chess, while it received an ultimate seal of approval when Garry Kasparov used it as his main weapon to beat Vishy Anand in a World Championship match.
In Starting Out: The Sicilian Dragon Andrew Martin studies this famous opening in a simplistic way, introducing the crucial initial moves and ideas and taking care to explain the reasoning behind them, something that has sometimes been neglected or taken for granted. As with previous works in the popular Everyman Chess Starting Out series, the reader is helped throughout with a plethora of notes, tips and warnings highlighting the vital characteristics of the Sicilian Dragon and of opening play in general.

*Written by an openings expert
*All main lines of the Sicilian Dragon are covered
*Ideal for the improving player

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"They will fill a serious gap in the current chess literature, and I'm sure they will be extremely popular with amateur chess players."--Chessville.com

"The ideal opening training manuals."--Glenn Flear, New In Chess

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857443981
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: Starting Out - Everyman Chess Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Martin is an International Master with many tournament successes to his name, including being runner-up in the British Championship. He is a renowned chess trainer: he teaches in many schools, has coached four world junior champions and several national junior champions. He is also a skilled and outspoken chess writer: he is the author of several chess books and a regular columnist for Chess and British Chess Magazine. He is resident in the UK.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    The Dragon still breathes fire!

    This is an outstanding book covering the critical variations of one of the most popular and complicated variations of the Sicilian. Good analysis. A must for any Dragon player (or those who might meet it!).

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