The Dragon is one of these super-sharp variations that even come with a pretty cool name, but actually amount to a negative freeroll. Black needs to work hard to earn a draw in the mainlines, but white can always bail out easily in one of the sidelines. While I actually do consider it to be worth a shot with black, it’s not the kind of opening that white should be afraid of.

There is no need to bother with stuff like this:

… if you got something as easy as that:

There is also a known equalizer in the Maroczy:

Play it safe!