Understanding the Accelerated Dragon!! | Open Sicilian | GM Naroditsky’s Theory Speed Run

00:00 Grünfeld is Busted?!?
02:55 intro
03:03 First Move
03:10 Game
24:11 Analysis
39:23 Example Game
41:52 Back to the Game

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  1. Danya I love all your recommendations but I simply won't learn the Grunfeld.

  2. The problem i experience with learning theory is that my opponent often plays moves that arent theory :p

  3. I'm not an expert (not yet but will be) at chess however I've read and collected chess books since 1972. Even wrote a chess column for the Kansas City Star in 1974.

    And of course in over 50 years I've checked out instructors like Fischer, Spassky, and many others. My point is that DN is unreal great in my opinion.

    He's the best commentator I've ever heard period. DN's commentary of the Hikaru vs Kasparov game was incredibly instructive but what makes Naroditsky a genius is his talent for getting inside the head of folks like Kasparov and articulating their thought processes!

    I'm looking forward to reaching expert and beyond very quickly now.

  4. Always castle on move 7, says Peter Lalic in this book about de AC/D. It seems to be a good tip.

  5. Those (hypothetical) mates with the pawn and/or queen promotion are so unncessary harsh. I like it. Doing something in a game shows complete domination. Yeah, both my queens are hanging, but you can take neither.

  6. As someone who was around 1200 for while and before getting a coach – I was almost unable to learn openings from many sources. I simply did not understand what the point of the moves was, I was around 1600 when I first started to feel that I understood what the threats in the position really were and what certain moves did. I think it's essential that the first couple of moves are clear, but it's really hard to learn openings without the supporting knowledge because the opponents at 1200 will play an off the line move at move 5 – it's probably a really bad move, but if you don't understand why it's bad – it's hard to use it. It's very hard to even look at master games / stockfish because not all moves threaten to win material – it's important to know positional advantages and how those positional advantages turn into wins, only then can the opening really be understood. I think that's one of the things that happens once you reach an extremely high level at something – it becomes almost unfathomable that some things are not understood by others. For you it's super basic, but for others they are not even seeing it not to even speak of understanding it in a deep way.

  7. What is when the white bishop goes to h6 and try to exchange the bishops?

  8. Often played the opening in the past as blak. Currently a bit rusty seeing I am no longer a club player. When looking up the opening to regain some knowledge I came across your video on the opening. You really have a refreshing way of showing in a “What-happens-if” manner. Have now joined your channel to learn more…. Thanks

  9. Dear GM Naroditsky, thankyou so much. Really enjoyed this, and very grateful for this expert commentary. I will continue to watch and enjoy the learning process. best wishes

  10. This is a small anecdote for anyone interested. I just play a game with the exact position and move order as 29:06 but I did not know the continuation. I naively played e5 instead of d5 and quickly got a much worse position – it felt right to strike the centre but I just didn't know the right way to go about it. After the game I had foggy memory that you covered this position at some point and knew that if I search through through this playlist I was sure to find it so that I could get some perspective from Daniel. And if you are reading it then you know I did indeed find it. I find these opening themed speedruns very helpful for learning so a thanks to Daniel that you have helped to improve at least one persons play 😉

  11. I don’t know if i’m tripping but at 7:58 after bishop c5 wouldn’t he have queen a5 with check collecting the bishop?

  12. at 33:21, after castles, can black play the move Bh6 and trade the dark squared bishop?

  13. Me who started learning theory at 737 ELO:

  14. I have trouble believing the idea that players that are not in say, at least the top ten percent, wouldn’t benefit far more by practicing tactics then by studying theory. I’m a top 1% chess player, and i normally play the hippo with Black. That works just fine for players weaker than me. 0 theory. Now if I’m playing someone at my level, yes, theory is important, but players hang stuff left and right that aren’t in at least the top ten percent of chess players (and that’s very conservative). I like studying opening theory because it’s fun, but if your main goal is to improve, it’s hard to believe that anything could compare to raising your strength than practicing tactics.

  15. Thank you for this great content! I took away a lot from this.

  16. @30:44 So is g4 a good restricting move? I know it will need two defenders after d6 where the e5 pawn becomes shakey for white.

  17. Fianchettoed bishop and knight combo. Great pattern to remember Ng4 Bh6 as black or Ng5 Bh4 as white. Brilliant.

  18. radicalize you extreme ideologies with regards to opening theory!

  19. Why do you use subtitles? They cover half of the board…

  20. I cannot be the only that enjoys studying theory… right?

    it's really not that bad, it's enjoyable, actually. The challenge for me, is to remember it lol

  21. 23:58 I'd like to call this the "3D Checkmate": Discovered Double Dovetail Checkmate

  22. When the Bishop and queen are in battery, they are pointing at a6 threatening to exchange dark square bishops or win an exchange. Daniel didn't cover that. How does one handle Ba6 in that position?

  23. "When you're on your own in a Sicilian, bad things tend to happen".

  24. Isn't the accelearated dragon even more dubious than the dragon ? No?

  25. Danya’s arrow-drawing in this game was abysmal. Maybe he was drunk but idk no excuses. Chess was amazing though

  26. As a 1300 rapid player thats been playing for like two years im at that point of crossing from beginner to intermediate and I actually like studying theory. The problem I have is at my level we are out of it in most games by like move 5 and then it feels like all the study was for nothing. And I know if my opponents didnt play theory it means the played a less optimal move, but I cant see how to capitalize on that most of the time. What I feel like would be really helpful at my level is a lesson on how to punish non-theory plays in the opening that are not obvious blunders.

  27. Great crash course on the accelerated!

  28. I love the opening of the English, Indian King, Defense and Sicilian, and your explanation is wonderful. I want advice about what you mentioned earlier

  29. You are a born teacher. One among the few. Thank you very much!!!


  31. Yea, this is how I want to play chess now. You're my new favorite youtuber Dannyboi. You get a sub today.

  32. Me studies opening theory gets called a cheater😂😂😂 for moving quickly at 1300

  33. I am pretty sure you had a check mate in 3 at 22:20 just by chasing the king with your queen since the rock and pawn of your opponent were in the way of the king

  34. It's dumb not to stuudy theory, and the people who blindly parrot "Openings don't matter till rank 2000" are doing just that parroting. If you ask them to explain their statement, they can't. You can study theory day 1 of chess. I couldn't get past rank 400 having never played chess ever, before the age of 42,I'm 43 now, and I couldn't maintain 500 elo. I played for a couple months, watched youtube videos, then I purchased actual courses. I studied and learned the first 2 moves, then the next, and kept adding onto what I had memorized, while doing that I learned the ideas of the openings. Most importantly studying openings got me two very important things to speed up my learning that I couldn't have done without buying courses.
    1. It stopped me from making new player mistakes as much, like chasing bishops weakening my pawn structure.
    2. It got me consistent positions on the board because my play was consistent, and at certain levels people play surprisingly consistent, and as you rank up the play changes but will always remain consistent with about 2 variations of what people do 90 percent of the time. This means I didn't have to think if my pieces were safe after a while in the openings, in certain positions I just knew what to play and what was safe, and what was going to happen.

    I'm around 1200 now and just crushing 1100 ranked players with ease. Openings 100 percent matter, and studying theory and learning the general ideas will only help you.

    So thanks Daniel for actually saying that, I've gotten into arguments online over this, and even posted a comment on chess.com regarding people sayinig this, because it just is untrue, no one can explain that statement, and it's just 100 percent false. If you don't study anything, what ends up happening is you make the same mistakes over and over, and instead of developing good habbits, you are actually developing terrible habbits which are harder to break later. If you study from teh get go or as early as possible you can focus on good habbits and not have to fix your bad habbits later.

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