In my last video I mentioned that White often faces some tactics in the Sicilian Dragon when he wants to play Bh6 to remove Black’s fianchettoed dark-square bishop. The image below shows a common position in the Dragon after 9 moves:
With White to move on move 10, it would actually be a mistake to play Bh6 to remove black’s important dark-square bishop. In fact, it would have been a mistake to play it before castling, and it is also a mistake to play it for the next few moves in many cases.
The problem with playing Bh6 too quickly is that White often either loses material (as he would if he played the move in the position shown above) or loses ground in the position.
The video below shows several variations where White should not play Bh6. The video contains some other interesting points as well (for instance, why Black can’t play Ng4 too quickly to attack White’s dark-square bishop).
After looking at these variations for a while, I have to say that I was surprised how often Bh6 turned out to be a bad move. It looks like a lot more preparation is needed to play the move than I originally thought, and now I have to give more attention to learning how to attack Black’s Dragon setup with the dark-square bishops still on the board. I think I will still try to remove black’s bishop later in the game, but the video shows that White has to be very careful about forcing this plan too quickly.