The Hyper Accelerated Dragon – GM Eugene Perelshteyn

The Hyper-Accelerated Dragon is an exciting chess opening for Black that begins with 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6.

Black plays an early …g6, which basically says he is fine without the move …d6, which is seen in the traditional Sicilian Dragon setups. The king’s bishop is heading to g7, where it will fight for control of the long diagonal.

Why delay moving the d-pawn? Black wants a chance to play to …d5 in one move and save a tempo. It’s pretty flexible, however, as Black still retains the option of reverting back to traditional Dragon lines by playing …d6.

The main drawback is that having delayed Nf6, White can play c4 before Nc3, setting up a Maroczy bind. This can be dangerous for Black if they don’t know how to respond properly, as they can soon find themselves completely cramped.

In this video, GM Eugene Perelshteyn shows his Hyper-Accelerated Dragon setup against White’s 4.c3, an attempt to blunt the bishop. The position becomes totally equal provided Black knows the follow-up and a quick…Bg4 is high up on the agenda, shown to be good for Black in the game Shirov-Perelshteyn where we see how Black can even play for an advantage from the opening.

Eugene shows that Whites chronic isolated queen’s pawn is a bigger weakness than Black’s ineffective bishop pair. Eugene also shows that pawn islands are not as important as many people think as there are far more important factors to consider.

Sicilian Dragons are notoriously difficult and double-edged. They often lead to incredibly sharp positions where it is easy to go wrong and end up with a losing position. You need to be very prepared if you want to use them in your own games. For this reason, the hyper-accelerated dragon is recommended for intermediate to advanced players.

Hyper Accelerated Dragon

Need a sharp chess opening for Black to put White under immediate pressure? Try the hyper-accelerated dragon! GM Eugene Perelshteyn explains the thought process behind key hyper-accelerated games from his career. Click here to get instant access with 35% off.


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9 comments on “The Hyper Accelerated Dragon – GM Eugene Perelshteyn

  1. Jorge Ignacio Guerra Guzmán says:

    I have been studying from this DVD but there are some main lines to play against that are not covered. Specifically when white castle long with yugoslavian attack. Example: 1. e4-c5 2. Nf3-g6 3. d4-cxd4 4. Nxd4-Nc6 5. Nc3-Bg7 6. Be3-Nf6 7. Be2 (setting up with Qd8 and f3 and castling long) after Be2 I played 7. .. – Qa5 8. Qd2 – 0-0 9. 0-0-0

    1. GMDAMIANOCL says:

      Thre’s a game between Calrsen-Radjabov which is great for White against this line

  2. Jamal Munshi says:

    I’m glad Eugene analyzed the 3. c3 line. I addressed that issue in an article i wrote and would be very grateful for some comments from people who have studied this line. here is the link:

    1. Hypercube says:

      Amazing!! I actually took the time to read the paper and let me just say: mind = blown!
      It was fun and interesting and so deep and thorough! What a wonderful use of math and statistical science!
      But it’s only vialble at masterlevel and upwards. Not for us club-schmucks! Like the games in your paper were mostly of people with ELO 2200 and up.

      1. Jamal Munshi says:

        hello Ola. thank you very much for your encouraging comments. you are very right of course that my analysis does not apply to the vast majority of chess games where the games are decided by a very high move imperfection rate.

        1. ichessnet says:

          Congratulation Jamal for your scientific opening task!

          1. Jamal Munshi says:

            thank you very much. love your website. learn a lot from it.

        2. Luther Barnum says:

          Reading your paper now. Some eye opening work here. I’ve come to the same conclusions based on style and experience but it’s nice to see it laid out so scientifically.

  3. A. Rachman Usop, SE, NI says:

    I think best for to learn the meaning sicilian dragom. Thanks

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