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GM Petrov’s Sicilian Dragon - Video 9 - Accelerated Dragon - Maroczy Bind

Opening: B38: Sicilian: Accelerated Fianchetto - Maroczy Bind


It's time for the famous Accelerated fianchetto! The Accelerated Dragon is one of the most challenging variations of this popular defense. After the moves 1.e4 c5, 2.Nf3 Nc6, 3.d4 cxd4, 4.Nxd4 g6, white plays 5.c4, entering the Maroczy Bind variation. Black has different possibilities to continue the opening after White's 5.c4. He can develop and then trade the knights on d4. After this, he has an exciting idea: Nd7 and then Nc5, but he has to play a5 first, to secure the outpost. Also, he has the option of an early Ng4, in which he can keep his King in the middle. Finally, he can take early on d4, so that White is forced to take with his Queen. In this 9th installment of his course on the Sicilian Dragon, GM Marian Petrov guides you through all these possibilities.

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Teacher's library (147) OFFICIAL COURSE 11 B38 opening

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