The Accelerated Dragon – GM Eugene Perelshteyn

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How to Play The Accelerated Dragon – GM Eugene Perelshteyn

The Accelerated Dragon – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
The Accelerated Dragon – GM Eugene Perelshteyn

The Accelerated Dragon is a very interesting variation of the Sicilian Defense, it also represents an effective system for black against 1. e4 because black usually develops all his pieces very quickly and achieves strong activity via minor piece-play in the center.

This system has been employed successfully by many elite Grandmasters, including players like Viktor Korchnoi, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Khalifman, and many others.

The Accelerated Dragon is frequently played at the highest level of chess tournaments because it is a very successful opening system for black, it provides double-edged positions and more possibilities of decisive results without risking too much in the opening.

This system is also very popular at the Grandmaster level because it is a very flexible opening scheme – you can transpose to the Accelerated Dragon from numerous lines in the Sicilian Defense.

About the Author:

Eugene Perelshteyn is an international grandmaster and chess author. He became International Master title in 2001 and obtained his Grandmaster title in 2006. He also won the U.S. Junior Closed Championship in 2000.

Perelshteyn is currently one of the top players in the United States with a Fide rating of 2503, the highest rating of his chess career is 2555.

He started playing chess when he was seven years old, taught by his father Mikhail Perelshteyn, a professional chess coach. At the age of 10, he played in his first tournaments.

In 2001, Perelshteyn was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship by the US Chess Trust. After taking two years off from school in order to play chess professionally, Perelshteyn returned to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and graduated in 2004.

How is this course going to help me?

If you are searching for an opening for black against 1. e4 that will give you a very solid position with extremely dynamic possibilities in the middlegame – the Accelerated Dragon is the perfect solution for you.

How to Play The Accelerated Dragon – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
The Accelerated Dragon – Initial Position

This chess DVD will teach you about common tactical patterns and attacking set-ups, and how you can come out on top with the black pieces!

Aside from reviewing the main lines and move orders, Grandmaster Perelshteyn also instructs viewers on deeper ideas and profound positional concepts.

Many chess DVDs will teach you the move orders and nothing else – however, “The Accelerated Dragon” by GM Eugene Perelshteyn focuses on the ideas behind the moves so that you can really understand how to play the positions that can arise.

After watching this chess DVD, if your opponent deviates from the main moves early in the game – you will have nothing to worry about because you will truly understand the most effective PLANS, instead of memorizing topical move orders!

GM Eugine Perelshteyn recommends a hypermodern approach with an immediate kingside fianchetto in order to avoid early deviations from the Accelerated Dragon (ie the Rossolimo Variation with 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5).

Perelshteyn will also analyze some of his own games against other strong GMs, which will instruct you on how to proceed in different types of positions.

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Running time

105 minutes


Standard H.264, .mp4, compatible with all Apple and PC devices.



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Chapter List

Chapter Outline:

C3 Setup in the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon: Alexei Shirov vs. Eugene Perelshteyn
Part 1: Runtime 25 mins 55 seconds

The Accelerated Dragon, Maroczy Bind Daniel: Rensch vs. Eugene Perelshteyn
Part 2: Runtime 19 mins 55 seconds

A Strategic Battle in the Accelerated Dragon: Roman Sapozhnikov vs. Eugene Perelshteyn
Part 3: Runtime 23 mins 31 seconds

A Tactical Melee in the Accelerated Dragon: Luis Rodriguez vs. Eugene Perelshteyn
Part 4: Runtime 18 mins 50 seconds