The Hyper Accelerated Dragon In this book IM Panjwani presents the Hyper Accelerated Dragon. He demonstrates from the second move a dynamic way to fight 1.e4! He covers all main lines and side-lines, even the most critical ones get a new and objective treatment. Raja’s book is recommended for all players that are eager to enter critical lines in this exciting Sicilian Opening.
The Sicilian Dragon is a perennial chess opening, played every day by youngsters, who love the fact that its typical opposite-side castling middlegames feature a few easily-learned maneuvers that result in pure calculate-to-mate middlegames, and played (occasionally) by World Champions (for surprise value, I suspect).
By contrast, despite their more radical-sounding names, the Accelerated and Hyper Accelerated Dragons are more sedate beasts: by delaying moving the d-pawn, Black can end up with less space, but has tactical and strategic options which cut across White’s most aggressive systems. This difference means they appeal to very different players: thrill-seekers like Nakamura give the Dragon a go from time to time, but stolid and hard-to-beat types like Tiviakov play the Accelerated. There are sharp lines in these Accelerated Dragons, but there are a lot more principled lines with extended maneuvering.
Moves and Chapters
The Hyper Accelerated Dragon begins: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6. Committing to the fianchetto before …Nc6 rules out the very popular anti-Sicilian Rossolimo lines with Bb5, but does allow White to continue with 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4, hitting h8, and this is the topic of one 12-page long chapter.
In both the Accelerated and Hyper Accelerated Dragons, Black delays …d6, which makes …d7-d5 (in one move) a clear equalizer in many variations. The Classical Variation (Be2 with 00) is the subject of Chapter 1, and Raja shows how Black equalizes with a quick …d5 (or less frequently …e5). That even includes a line where Black is not supposed to be able to get away with …d7-d5: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bg7 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be2 d5!? which will prove to be an unwelcome surprise to many White players.
Table of content
CHAPTER 1. CLASSICAL VARIATION (Be2)
CHAPTER 2. 7.Bc4: ANTI-YUGOSLAV VARIATION
CHAPTER 3. 7.Bc4: MY SYSTEM
CHAPTER 4. MAROCZY BIND: BREYER VARIATION
CHAPTER 5. MAROCZY BIND: MAIN LINE
CHAPTER 6. 4.Qxd4 VARIATION
CHAPTER 7. ANTI-SICILIANS: ALAPIN AND MORRA