Accelerated Dragon Reflection Part 2: Trouble in Paradise

IM yian123
Aug 23, 2016, 10:25 AM |

Earlier, I introduced opening concepts in the Accelerated Dragon and reasons one should consider adding the Accelerated Dragon to his or her opening reportoire. Now, I will discuss some of the troubles I had as I faced stronger opponents.

One thing to note is that I use the Hyper-Accelerated dragon move order (2.g6) instead of 2.Nc6. This particular move order avoids 3.Bb5 systems, but allows the option of Qxd4 on move 4. I will not discuss 3.Bb5/Rossolimo systems.

As black has the eventual plan of pushing d5, white has a few ways to counter. The most popular plans are the Marozy Bind and Bc4 lines. If black does not play energetically enough, he will find himself with little space to maneuver in a uncomfortable position. Furthermore, if Black lashes out without justification, his position will disintegrate.

First example in Marozy Bind

Second example in Bc4 Line:

In both games, black has the problem of a space disadvantage, which I find very annoying to overcome as a chess player. The inability to have dynamic play irritates me, and sooner or later I will lash out, and the opponent will punish my rash play.

I only seriously started to learn about strategic and positional play when my rating was around 2000, and my play would become increasingly nuanced from then on out. My next post will be about some positional nuances in the Accelerated Dragon, and why I decided to switch lines.