[January 19, 2018] Updated Opening Line by GM Bojan Vučković:
Sicilian Defense, Old Sicilian – Accelerated Dragon

[Line 430 : 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 without 5. c4]

The Maroczy Bind is covered in Lines 431-433, while Line 430 mostly deals with another important alternative for White – the Accelerated Dragon (5. Nc3).

The play here usually continues 5… Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3, where Black has several interesting possibilities at his disposal.

One of them is a modern gambit (8… d5!? 9. exd5 Na5) that was recently tried in S. Karjakin – D. Dubov, Doha 2015. It leads to some forced lines with positions that are good enough for Black, so it deserves serious consideration as an opening surprise.

The main line for Black is the quiet 8… d6 9. h3 Bd7 10. O-O Qa5, where White’s spatial advantage typically gives him a slight pull.

For advanced players we thus recommend the ambitious 8… a5, where the game can become quite unbalanced after 9. O-O a4 10. Nxa4 Nxe4 11. Nb5 Ra6, with mutual chances.

[Diagram: White to Move] The diagrammed position is somewhat typical for the Sicilian Dragon: both sides are rushing with their flank attacks, but White is visibly quicker. What is the best way to proceed here?

Click here to see the line in our viewer…

Comments are closed