ACCELERATED DRAGON ASSAULT! (Andrew Martin)
The Accelerated Dragon is a versatile and easy-to-learn
system for Black to have in his repertoire. Black can force the variation via
the Sicilian Defence (1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 g6), and there are
cunning transpositions via different move orders - even via 1 c4, when an
unsuspecting opponent starts with the English Opening.
Using illustrative games, Andrew Martin reveals how White
can so easily go astray immediately when faced with the Accelerated, and how
refutation attempts rebound disastrously. Against the positional Maroczy Bind
system, Martin shows how Black can create active counterplay with pawn
Inspirational games - Maroczy Pawn Structure - Piece
Placements - Classical System 6 Nb3 Bxc3+ - Classical 6 Be3 Nf6 7 Be2
0-0 8 0-0 d5! - 7 Nb3 0-0 8 Be2 a5 - Summary - Pseudo-Yugoslav 7 Bc4 0-0
8 f3 Qb6! - 7 Bc4 0-0 8 Bb3 a5 - 7 Bc4 0-0 8 Bb3 a5 9 f3 d5! - 9 f3 d5 10 Nxd5
& main line 10 Bxd5 - 9 f3 d5 10 Bxd5 - Summary - White's Early
Nxc6: Galdunts-Kupreichik - Delanoy-Wiersma - Summary - Maroczy
Bind, Gurgenidze System: Introduction - White's early Be2 & Be3 - 7 f3
Nxd4 8 Qxd4 Bg7 9 Be3 0-0 10 Qd2 Be6 11 Rc1 Qa5 - 7 Be2 Nxd4 8 Qxd4 Bg7 9 0-0
0-0 10 Qd3 Leko-Anand - 10 Qd3 Zvjaginsev-Sorokin - 10 Qe3 Nijboer-Tiviakov -
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Quotes from Reviews of the
"Chess videos are for players with insufficient attention
span to read a book - you can't really learn an opening by watching TV. At
least, that was my view before seeing Accelerated Dragon Assault!
I stand corrected. Indeed I now believe it is possible that a video is the
better way to understand an opening - to get a real feel for what one
should be aiming at.....
"But while Accelerated Dragon Assault! is
not perfect, it is very, very good - so good, that I am thoroughly ashamed of
my former snooty view of chess videos. I am converted, and if you are thinking
of taking up the Accelerated Dragon as a weapon against 1 e4, I have no
hesitation in thoroughly recommending this video. It would be £19.99 well
spent. ..." Tim Spanton, WEEKEND CHESS.
"This was my first exposure to chess education via video.
The topic of this particular video is the Accelerated Dragon, a variation of
the Sicilian defense where Black fianchettos his dark squared bishop and avoids
an early ..d6. The intent is rapid development and the very real possibility of
a quick ..d5. Fascinating analysis is provided to address cases where White
wants to transpose into the Yugoslav attack of the Dragon. Opening traps
abound. The video starts off with several inspiration games where IM Martin
verbally annotates a graphic chess board display. After covering several
inspirational games, he comes back to review opening variations. He
convincingly talks through main ideas and discusses play against various move
options." Mark Hoshor, GEORGIA CHESS.
"The whole of the two hour presentation is imbued with
Martin's usual effusiveness and enthusiasm, and you find yourself being carried
along with it. (The same was true of his first video on the Scandinavian).
There is no doubt that White has to be very careful, for otherwise Black with a
few well chosen moves can very quickly drum up a powerful attack from almost
nothing. In the cut and thrust of games played at increasingly shorter time
limits it could prove a valuable weapon for Black to include in his armoury,
and I can think of no better way of learning the opening than by studying this
video." Alan Sutton, EN PASSANT.
"Nowadays there are literally millions of unexplained chess
moves published in a multiplicity of forms, but fortunately some quality items
do actually elucidate the key ideas behind the most crucial moves, thereby
making the published games much more meaningful and useful to players of almost
all levels. For me personally, a really good book, newspaper column, or
magazine will never be outmoded, but now I am also enjoying learning in a very
refreshing way from the excellent chess videos that are being produced by Bad
Bishop Ltd..." Paul Motwani, SCOTTISH CHESS.
"International Master and experienced chess trainer Andrew
Martin, uses a large on screen chessboard to explain more than 20 games
featuring the Accelerated Dragon. The board and pieces feature clear graphics
whilst good use is made of coloured squares and arrows to enforce the clear
analysis of Martin. The viewer can easily follow the progress of each game
whilst listening to the analysis and watching the ideas and threats clearly
demonstrated on screen. The Accelerated Dragon is a versatile and easy-to-learn
system for Black to have in a repertoire......Bad Bishop are producing top
quality videos that will reward the observant viewer. In two hours, Andrew
Martin will turn you into a player who understands the ideas of this defence
and how to play it successfully. Should you not be a player who likes to play
the Sicilian as Black, you will still gain wonderful knowledge as to how it
should be defended against." Michael Blake, IECG Newsletter.