Hyper Accelerated Dragon: Win with the Sicilian Defense – GM Lemos
“It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
If you love fast development, early attacks and sharp positions, there’s only one opening to consider vs. 1.e4 – the Accelerated Dragon.
As the name suggests, the Accelerated Dragon improves on the standard Sicilian Defense Dragon variation by leaving out the d7-d6 move. Instead, Black gets to fianchetto his Dragon bishop and castle one move earlier. Does Black lose anything by not playing …d6? No, Black actually GAINS by later playing d7-d5 in ONE move! That’s what makes the Accelerated Dragon one of the best chess openings for Black: a great position with dynamic possibilities and the luxury of an extra move!
After the moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 (see the diagram on the right), for example, Black can immediately counter White’s attempt to castle queenside and go for a kingside attack – the dangerous Yugoslav Attack – by 8…d5!, breaking open the center! It is important to keep in mind that Black was able to play …d5 in one move as he did not play …d6 before.
Let’s take a look at the game which GM Damian Lemos shows us in the second part of his free three-part video series on the Accelerated Dragon. Did you miss the first video in which GM Lemos investigated a brilliant miniature by GM Malakhov in which a strong player with an ELO of 2400 got crushed in only 21 moves with White? Never mind – you still have the chance to watch it for free here.
Tartu 1953: Vohandu, L. – Keres, Paul
1.Nf3 g6 2.e4 c5. The game started with an unusual move order. The standard move order to reach this position is 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6. This early g6 in the Sicilian signifies the Hyper Accelerated Dragon. 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 (see the diagram on the left).
It is important to mention that the Hyper Accelerated Dragon move order with 2…g6 avoids the Rossolimo Variation (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5) which enjoys a huge popularity these days at the cost of allowing 4.Qxd4. However, after 4.Qxd4, dynamic Positions result in almost all lines and according to the latest theory White can’t prove any advantage in this opening line.
4…Nf6 – Black has to play this move in order to not lose his rook on h8. 5.e5 (see the diagram on the right) – White immediately tries to punish Black for not having played …d6.
5…Nc6 – Black does not have to move his knight on f6 immediately. The downside of bringing the queen into play so early is that Black can develop his other knight with tempo.
In this game, White went for 6.Qf4 (see the diagram on the left) which is not the main move and is rarely played. However, it is still very instructive to see how Black continues and easily outplays White who did not find a good square for his queen throughout the whole game.
If you want to know all about the ideas of this lines in the Hyper Accelerated Dragon, you definitely have to watch the video with great explanations by GM Damian Lemos – an expert on the Accelerated Dragon.
Conclusion – Hyper Accelerated Dragon: Win with the Sicilian Defense
With the Accelerated Dragon you will have an easy to learn opening that allows black to play for advantage immediately – without risk and without the mind-boggling memorization of lines. By following the main ideas revealed by GM Lemos, you will be ready to play for the win in your next game with the Accelerated Dragon!
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