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B34-39 Sicilian Defence: Accelerated Dragon

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The Accelerated Dragon is an attempt to have a smart version of the Dragon: by omitting d7-d6, Black is willing to realize the d5 pawn break  in only one move (d7-d5) instead of two (d7-d6-d5) as it happens instead in the Dragon. However the chosen order of moves (1.e4 c5, 2.Nf3 Nc6, 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6) allows White to establish the Maroczy Bind with 5.c4,  intensifying the control over the d5 square and preventing, at least in the opening stage, the planned break d7-d5. 

Alternatively, If White opts for 5.Nc3, proposing to shift to the main Dragon lines, Black can take advantage of not having yet played d6: for example, after 5 ... Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be2 00 8:00 Black equalizes immediately with 8 ... d5! or if White plays 7.Bc4, preventing d5 and proposing the transposition in the Yugoslav Attack with 7 .. d6, Black has two good alternatives in 7...Qa5 and 7 ... 00 8. Bb3 a5 (both lines discourage White's long castling thereby leading to a more positional and less tactical game).



Opening

Accelerated Dragon

ChessBase File

B34-39.cbv

PGN File

b34-39.zip

Last Update

April 2016