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Accelerated Dragons

320 pages, paperback, Everyman, 2. edition 2004.

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Many players are attracted to the Dragon Sicilian, but are put off by the fierce mating attacks that White can launch. In the Accelerated Dragon, Black aims for an improved version, saving a move with his queen's pawn. If White tries to ignore the difference, Black's instant detonation of the centre will come as an unwelcome cold shower!

The authors show that White's main reply, the Maroczy Bind, is not so fearsome as was once thought. Black has many ways to break out, while quite often it is possible to manoeuvre around White's 'binding' pawns and show that they imprison White's pieces as much as they do Black's.

  • Written by two outstanding experts on the Accelerated Dragon

  • Complete coverage of all lines of the Accelerated Dragon

  • Many ideas for breaking the critical Maroczy Bind

International Master John Donaldson is Associate Editor of the acclaimed magazine Inside Chess (Seattle). He is the author of several books, including theoretical opening works and painstakingly researched player biographies. He plays regularly and successfully in North American tournaments.

International Master Jeremy Silman is co-author (with Yasser Seirawan) of Microsoft series of chess books, and author of several openings books.

Language English
Author Donaldson, John
Silman, Jeremy
Publisher Everyman
Edition 2.
Medium Book
Weight 450 g
Width 13.4 cm
Height 21.7 cm
Pages 320
ISBN-10 1857442083
ISBN-13 9781857442083
Year of Publication 2004
Binding paperback

004 Symbols

005 Foreword by Jeremy Silman

006 Acknowledgement

006 Bibliography

007 Introduction: Typical Plans for Both Sides

013 1 Classical Lines: White plays Le2

031 2 Weekend Variation: White mixes f3 and Lc4

037 3 Uogele Variation: Main Line with 7...0-0 and 8. Lb3 a5

065 4 The Anti-Yugoslav Variation: Main Line with 7...Da5

103 5 The Death of a Variation: 7...Sa5 refuted

106 6 An Unimpressive Variation: 5. Lc4

108 7 Attemps at Refutation: Lines with Sxc6

137 8 Maroczy Bind: Gurgenidze Variation

191 9 Maroczy Bind: Knight retreats to b3 and c2

207 10 Maroczy Bind: Lines with ...Sh6

212 11 Maroczy Bind: The Tricky ...b6 systems

233 12 Maroczy Bind: Fighting for the dark squares

255 13 Maroczy Bind: 7...Sg4

283 14 Semi-Accelerated Dragon (5...g6)

294 15 Hyper-Accelerated Dragon (2...g6)

317 16 The Chameleon Sicilian (6. Sde2 with g3)

319 Index of Variations

Accelerated Dragons