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🔹 Wing Gambit, Sicilian Defense –

♛ Find the Accelerated Dragon variations shown in the video in this blog-post –

If you consider former world chess champions like Fischer, Anand, and Kasparov, they all share a common preference: the Sicilian Defense as Black. Renowned for its solidity and aggression, the Sicilian Defense is a favorite among top chess players.

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov introduces the Accelerated Dragon Variation of the Sicilian Defense. This variation typically arises after the moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6. By playing g6 early, before d7-d6, Black can execute d7-d5 directly without losing a move.

The Accelerated Dragon is both solid and aggressive, proving effective up to the level of FIDE Masters (approximately 2200-2300 ELO). Additionally, it comes with a lot of deadly traps.

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► Chapters

00:00 Learn the Sicilian Defense (All Variations)
00:16 Bowdler Attack
02:07 Sicilian Defense Accelerated Dragon Variation
03:24 Accelerated Dragon, Modern Variation
06:42 Black’s counter-attacking ideas
10:14 If White prevents Ng4 with f3
12:33 Subtle trap
13:48 Mainline by White
15:59 If White plays 3.Bb5 (Nyezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack)
17:12 Smith-Morra Gambit by White
18:13 Alapin Variation by White

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18 Comments

  1. ► Chapters

    00:00 Learn the Sicilian Defense (All Variations)

    00:16 Bowdler Attack

    02:07 Sicilian Defense Accelerated Dragon Variation

    03:24 Accelerated Dragon, Modern Variation

    06:42 Black's counter-attacking ideas

    10:14 If White prevents Ng4 with f3

    12:33 Subtle trap

    13:48 Mainline by White

    15:59 If White plays 3.Bb5 (Nyezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack)

    17:12 Smith-Morra Gambit by White

    18:13 Alapin Variation by White

  2. Well, if you don't cover the maroczy bind, how are we suppose to play the accelerated dragon? it is the most difficult variation to meet! Bye.

  3. Noice, I just played a 3 day game, Sicilian as black! 👍

  4. The fact that I played against a 1976 elo player who played this exact move 1:27

  5. I never understood how to play the Sicilian. All I know is the bishop can't be seated on c5.

  6. I can’t play as this but I believe you!

  7. make a video about sicilian kan variation please please please

  8. I play this opening a lot and I see tons of players forget that their knight is hanging 😅

  9. I loved your that ruy lopez trap that also traps 2800 can you make more like this

  10. This opening and the hyper accelerated dragon are my favourites, I have played them for many years. Thanks for the great video. All the best Joseph

  11. My life is easier by playing the Dragon Counterattack.😎
    I can't wait to play it to demolish every player.😏

  12. You made this look so easy. Now I'm gonna add Sicilian to my toolbox as well. Thanks ❤

  13. accelerate dragon maybe not a good opening. according to engine best move. it’s even cannot set up dragon style successfully.

  14. In the position at 5:18 after you play Nf6, white should just play e5, which threatens the Knight and opens the queen's attack on the c6 pawn. You could easily proceed with dxe5, Qxc6+, Bd7, Qf5. White has a more favorable position now. even if black castles kingside, his queenside is wrecked. Therefore, instead of Nf6, shouldn't black simply play e7? Am I missing something obvious? Anyone see a better line?

  15. Igor: Can you please do a video on the cow opening.

  16. Can you please explain, after …Nf6, which variation would be better if white plays c4 (instead of d4 as shown) protecting the pawn on d5?

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