Travail Pursuit #18: Dragon’s Breath

Today and tomorrow I’m returning to the Sicilian Dragon as I delve into my archive and find two games played as far apart as thirteen years! Following from the eleventh article in this series, today’s post illustrates another typical tactical motif in the Dragon. This is the older of the two games and was played in 1995 at the Manchester Congress. Take a look at the starting position in the viewer below and you’ll quickly realise that White must have played pretty inaccurately to arrive at the parlous state of affairs we find him in.  It should come as no surprise to learn that Black can break through at once. I’ve put the viewer in ‘training mode’ so that you can test your tactical awareness but I don’t think any readers will need to take too long to uncover the solution which is a motif we can add to our list from post #11. If you’re a Dragon player then this one should take you less than ten seconds to spot the idea and maybe another minute to calculate all the variations comprehensively.

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