Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian, Open, Accelerated Dragon Variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6

In the Accelerated Dragon, Black fianchettos the king-bishop, giving it a great diagonal, cutting through the center. He does so while leaving the d7-pawn at home and avoids an earlier ...Nf6 (unlike the regular Dragon).


  • Black creates a position without weaknesses
  • The bishop takes an active diagonal
  • Compared to the normal Dragon, Black can potentially play ...d5 in one move.


  • Black allows 5.c4, the Maroczy Bind
  • In some variations White can get an attack by h4-h5
  • White usually gets more space
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