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The Accelerated Dragon - a sharp weapon against 1.e4

After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6! leads to the so-called “Accelerated Dragon Defense” of the Sicilian, which is characterised by the idea to achieve the thematic central break d7-d5 in one move (in contrast to the “Dragon Variation”, in which Black plays d7-d6). On this DVD the Russian grandmaster and top women player Nadezhda Kosintseva reveals the secrets of her favourite opening. Kosintseva has played the Accelerated Dragon for many years and achieved a lot of success with it. You too can accelerate your opening – with this complete repertoire for Black against 1.e4!

On move five White has basically two continuations. First, 5.c4 – the popular Maroczy system, against which Kosintseva has a number of strong recommendation in store. Second, the “Open Variation” 5.Nc3, against which the grandmaster offers no less than two promising systems: the modern dynamic treatment with a quick d7-d5, which is a firm part of the repertoire of top grandmaster Boris Gelfand from Israel, who employed this line successfully on a number of occasions in 2017 which made it very popular. And the quieter, strategic approach with …d6 and … Qa5, which gives the game an entirely different character. Kosintseva explains the theoretical main lines and side lines of the Accelerated Dragon, but also the many strategic finesses of this opening with its typical plans and pawn breaks (such as d7-d5 and b7-b5), and of course she also shows clever tactical stratagems such as the classical Sicilian exchange sacrifice ...Rxc3 followed by ...Nxe4. The material learnt can be practised with interactive tasks with video feedback which makes you fit for the practical game – and helps you to make your opponent sweat!

• Video running time: 4 h 51 min(English)
• With interactive training incuding video feedback
• Extra: Database with model games
• Including CB Reader


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Muestra de vídeo


  • 01: Introduction [06:13]
  • 02: Move orders [13:22]
  • 03: Traps - Trap-1; Trap-2; Trap-3; Trap-4; Trap-5; Trap-6; Trap-7; Trap-8; Trap-9 [17:39]
  • Chapter 2: Maroczy Bind 5.c4
  • 01: Maroczy Intro [10:25]
  • 02: 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Be2 d6 9.0-0 Bd7 10.Qd2/Rc1/f4 - Video notation [16:20]
  • 03: 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Be2 d6 9.0-0 Bd7 10.Nc2 - Video notation [22:10]
  • Chapter 3: 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4
  • 01: Intro 7.f3/Qd2 - Video notation [11:45]
  • 02: 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3/f3 - Video notation [11:32]
  • 03: 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 d5 9.exd5 Na5 10.0-0/Nde2/Nf3/Qd2 - Video notation [20:47]
  • 04: 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 d5 9.exd5 Na5 10.Qf3 - Video notation [10:57]
  • 05: 7.Bc4 Qa5 8.0-0 0-0 9.Nb3 - Video notation [19:04]
  • 06: 7.Bc4 Qa5 8.0-0 0-0 9.Bb3 - Video notation [11:27]
  • Chapter 4: The Classical Be2
  • 01: 5...Bg7 6.Nb3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.0-0 d6 9.Bg5/Kh1/f4/Re1 - Video notation [20:01]
  • 02: 5...Bg7 6.Nb3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.0-0 d6 9.Re1 - Video notation [09:35]
  • 03: 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be2 0-0 8th move alternatives - Video notation [20:50]
  • 04: 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be2 0-0 8.Nb3 d6 9.0-0 Be6 - Video notation [08:20]
  • Chapter 5: Sidelines
  • 01: 5.Nxc6 or 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nxc6 - Video notation [14:06]
  • 02: g3 setups - 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Nde2 Nf6 7.g3/5.Be3 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.g3 - Video notation [16:25]
  • Chapter 6: Test section
  • 01: Test 1 [03:05]
  • 02: Test 2 [01:10]
  • 03: Test 3 [03:24]
  • 04: Test 4 [01:42]
  • 05: Test 5 [02:47]
  • 06: Test 6 [04:01]
  • 07: Test 7 [01:53]
  • 08: Test 8 [02:30]
  • 09: Test 9 [01:00]
  • 10: Test 10 [02:25]
  • 11: Test 11 [02:00]
  • 12: Test 12 [03:00]
  • 13: Test 13 [02:12]

Dragón acelerada

In addition to the sequence of moves 2...d6 and 5...g6, which lead to the normal Dragon, Black can also try the Accelerated Dragon. The idea is to reach, after 2...Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6, a position in which …d7-d5 can be played in a single move. A concession is made in this move order: White can play 5.c4 and set up the socalled Maroczy Structure, which gives him very good control of the squares d5 and b5.

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