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Natalia Pogonina: Sicilian Dragon Contest

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Aren't these two guys lovely? - Natalia Pogonina & His Majesty Dragon in China, 2008

Do you enjoy playing the Sicilian Dragon as much as Natalia Pogonina does? She has played over 100 classical games in this variation, not to mention myriads of blitz and training games. This opening usually leads to a an exciting struggle, with Black relying on the queenside attack, while White initiates an assault on the kingside. As Bobby Fischer, a famous Dragon Slayer put it, "h4-h5 and White mates". Ask Kasparov what he thinks about that statement - his victory in the 1995 WC match against Anand is mostly due to brilliant wins in the Dragon. Moreover, some current top players (Carlsen, Radjabov, Gashimov) are still not convinced.

Natalia has also experienced moments of joy & grief in the opening: important wins, interesting draws, painful defeats. Today she would like to hold a contest dedicated to those of you who love playing the Dragon.
Another photo by Pogonina taken in China - she really loves Dragons

Rules of the contest:

1. Send us (using the e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) your remarkable games in the Dragon before September, 1st.
2. Include a photo of you, short bio (general & chess) - optional, but very much appreciated
3. See an article by grandmaster Natalia Pogonina about you at!

Comments (2)
1. Written by Tajmir on 16:26 23 2009 .
Did u enjoy china?
2. Written by Natalia on 17:36 23 2009 .
Yes, I've been there a few times, and have enjoyed it!

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