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Starting Out: The Accelerated Dragon: Fundamental Coverage Of A Dynamic Sicilian Paperback – December 1, 2007
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From the Back Cover
This book is a further addition to Everyman's best-selling Starting Out series, which has been acclaimed for its original approach to tackling chess openings. International Master Andrew Greet, an Accelerated Dragon expert, revisits the basics of the opening, elaborating on the crucial early moves and ideas for both sides in a way that is often neglected in other texts. The reader is helped throughout with a plethora of notes, tips and warnings highlighting the vital characteristics of the Accelerated Dragon and of opening play in general. Starting Out: The Accelerated Dragon is a perfect guide for improving players and those new to this opening.
*User-friendly design to help readers absorb ideas
*Includes coverage of the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon
*Ideal for improvers, club players and tournament players
Andrew Greet is a young International Master, a former British Junior Champion, and is one of the UK's most rapidly improving players. In 2005 he scored a perfect 11/11 in the British National League, the first time any player had achieved this remarkable feat. He is also an experienced coach and writes regular articles for CHESS.
- Publisher : Everyman Chess; 1st edition (December 1, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1857445309
- ISBN-13 : 978-1857445305
- Item Weight : 0.988 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.67 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #671,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here is a sneek preview of the book contents:
1. The Hyper-Accelerated Dragon
2. 5 Nc3-Classical and Other lines
3. Yugoslav Accelerated Dragon: Introduction and 7...Qa5!?
4. Yugoslav Accelerated Dragon: Mainline with 7...0-0
5. Lines with Nxc6
6. Maroczy Bind: Classical variation
7. Maroczy Bind: Gurgenidze System
8. Maroczy Bind: 7...Ng4
9. Maroczy Bind: Avoiding Exchanges with Nc2
10. Maroczy Bind: Sidelines
Furthermore, this book gives advice for both black and white. The book covers do's and dont's, themes, sidelines, and provides master games for illustration. At the end of each section, a summary and conclusion are both provided. The reader will have good insight to dynamic system. Dragon players must be prepared for one of white's best setups, namely, "Maroczy Bind". The bind limits black's counter-play to certain degree and gives black a different game to play. The book gives lines to play against the "Marcozy Bind" and white must play accurately to maintain even the slightest edge.
For those who want to play and/or study the Dragon, I would recommend this book and "Accelerated Dragons" by John Donaldson & Jeremy Silman. First, read "Starting Out: the accelerated dragon" and then read "Accelerated Dragons" by John Donaldson & Jeremy Silman in that order. The reader will gain a solid understanding and be prepared as a dragon player.
Overall, this is a good book and great effort by Andrew Greet to cover a dynamic weapon. It's well worth the money spent. A must have, don't let this one pass. Get it!!
I have his book on the Ruy Lopez (now my White option against 1...e5) and I thought that was great. But he has taken to the Starting Out format like a duck to water and shames the others in the series, and many of them are pretty darn good. There is so much instructive material in here it is amazing. You are really going to *learn* this opening - to understand the chess it embodies, not just some lines.
The book appears to have wide coverage of the opening, including both White and Black alternatives. It does not address anti-Sicilians except that it has a large section on the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon (avoids the Rossolimo). With respect to the analysis, Carsten Hansen in his Checkpoint column at chesscafe and John Donaldson at Jeremy Silman's site both reviewed it very favorably, and they seem to be very knowledgeable about the opening.
If you are an Accelerated Dragon player I am sure you are going to learn stuff - certainly enough for it to pay for itself. If not, this looks like a sound opening that you could take up at any chess level, and with this book as a guide you are going to save an awful lot of time. Coaches are alway chastising we mortals for continually switching openings and spending too much time on openings in general. Well, pick this one up and your search is over.
In general the author focuses mainly on providing a solid understanding of the ideas behind the lines, and only occasionally delves into sharp theorethical lines. This is a good thing, but means that to play a line on a higher level one will need to do some additional research to be fully prepared.
On the whole the book is written from the player behind the black pieces point of view, but some advice for white players facing hte accelerated dragon is also provided. It is not a repertoire-book, but still the author gives certain recommendations, which is good since he clearly states where a judgement is his personal preference rather than a solid theorethical truth. Another good thing is that mr. greet has studied the important earlier works on the opening and the references to those are quite valuable.
My only objection really is that the evaluations of the positions in the analysis is a bit too superficial. Many times the verdict is that "black has a fair share of the chances" which based on my analysis is sometimes true, and sometimes not. In essence you will need to check the analysis if you intend to play a certain line and also play out some of the positions to catch mistakes in the evaluations. On the other hand this is true in most cases and nothing special for this book.
In short - currently the best book to get if you intend to incorporate the accelerated dragon into you repertoire. If you just want to know how to handle it as white it does provide some insights, but is of much less use. Combined with some of the earlier standard works (In particular Nielsens and Hansens book from 2003) it will give a solid base to build upon.
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muy bien editado y todo el material, recomendaciones, ideas etc... muy bueno