The Accelerated Dragon (Lemos Deep Dive) – GM Damian Lemos

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The Accelerated Dragon in the Sicilian Defense – GM Damian Lemos

The Accelerated Dragon in the Sicilian Defense – GM Damian Lemos
The Accelerated Dragon – Lemos Deep Dive


The Accelerated Dragon is a great choice for players who want an aggressive opening they can play against a number of White set-ups. Know what you’re doing and you have fast development, great activity and a tough to crack position.

In this 8 hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon, starting with the main ideas and delving into the hidden nuances which will allow you to claim the full point against 1.e4 players.

GM Lemos covers all of White’s main options, pinpoints all the things to watch out for, gives his most trusted suggestions and shows how they play out in practice by analyzing memorable model games.

With players like Carlsen, Kasparov, Ivanchuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave adopting this opening, you’re in an excellent company and can enjoy being a master of one of the most exciting opening options available to Black.

About the Author:

Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a top rating of 2559 Elo.

In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.

By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.

How is this course going to help me?

The Accelerated Dragon in the Sicilian Defense – GM Damian Lemos
The Accelerated Dragon – Initial Position

The super-sharp Sicilian Accelerated Dragon is the ultimate antidote to 1.e4 – it’s easy to learn and allows Black to play for the advantage immediatelywithout risk and without the mind-boggling memorization of lines which occurs in the classical Sicilian Dragon Variation.

The idea behind this opening is that, instead of playing …d6 then the freeing move …d5 later, Black finds a clever way to develop effectively then hit White with …d5 in one move.

Now, GM Damian Lemos has deconstructed this deadly system, laying bare all the move-order tricks, all the positional strategies and each of the most crushing attacks!

If you’ve ever said things like “I don’t play the Sicilian Defense, it’s too sharp, too much theory”, this is a chance to strengthen your repertoire with cutting-edge analysis that’s also:

Positional in nature: The piece paths and structures are so remarkably similar you’ll soon be finding the best moves intuitively (you’ll recognize that you’re winning before your opponents know they’ve made a mistake!)

Still sharp enough to crush your opponents: “Need to know” plans mean most players will make a ton of tiny errors, while you sit there grinning, ready to shock them with one of the numerous attacking plans GM Lemos reveals.)

Easy enough to learn in a weekend: GM Lemos puts the short into “shortcut” by giving you a global response (a killer system with …d5!) against sidelines, plus super-simple mainline plans (up-to-date and ready to win games in your next tournament!)

Here’s what you’ll learn with this course:

Smart move orders stop White’s “Anti-Sicilian” ideas in their tracks (cuts out 80% of your opening headaches by completely side-stepping them!)

Learn killer attacks that start with shocking, counter-intuitive moves like Li Chao’s 18…h5!!

Establish long-term positional domination with Anish Giri’s bone-crushing 29…Rxd4!! exchange sac which devastated a helpless Ivanchuk!

To help you master the material, you also get the complete PGN database of course content for review, a PDF summary of every learning point and challenging puzzles

This is the ultimate antidote to 1.e4 – rapid development, great activity, clear plans and full of potential pitfalls for White!

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Running Time

8 hours



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Chapter List

Chapter Outline:

  • Introduction to the Sicilian Dragon
  • Chapter 1. Facing the Alapin (3.c3 and 6.Be2)
  • Chapter 2. Xu Jun-Li Chao
  • Chapter 3. Another attempt in the Alapin (6.Na3)
  • Chapter 4. Ivanchuk-Giri
  • Chapter 5: Combating the Advanced Alapin (4.e5): Managadze-Petrov
  • Chapter 6: Early Queen move (4.Qxd4)
  • Chapter 7: Early Queen move, part 2
  • Chapter 8: Najer-Guseinov
  • Chapter 9: The Maroczy Bind (5.c4)
  • Chapter 10: The Maroczy Bind with b4: Minasian-Malakhov
  • Chapter 11: The Maroczy Bind, Main Lines
  • Chapter 12: The Maroczy Bind with 8.f3
  • Chapter 13: The Maroczy Bind with 8.Be2 and 10.Nc2
  • Chapter 14: Lupulescu-Iturrizaga
  • Chapter 15: Lupulescu-Iturrizaga: Important variations
  • set-ups 16: Lupulescu-Iturrizaga: Final analysis
  • Chapter 17: Fritz 2-Kasparov
  • Chapter 18: 6.Be3 and 7.Be2: Jobava-Vachier-Lagrave
  • Chapter 19: Accelerated Dragon with 7.Be2 and 8.Nb3
  • Chapter 20: Facing 7.Bc4 – the main line
  • Chapter 21: Accelerated Dragon: 9th move alternatives
  • Chapter 22: Accelerated Dragon: Main line deep dive
  • Chapter 23: Accelerated Dragon: Mainline deep dive, 11.Re1: Yu Yangyi-Ivanchuk
  • Chapter 24: Accelerated Dragon: Main line deep dive, 11.f4: Morozevich-Carlsen