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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185 Comments

  1. Lovely bit of commentary 8 minutes in where Danya spends a minute or doing his best Hikaru impression: "If this then this, this, this, this… actually let's just castle". Great video as ever though, Danya, you have a special talent for teaching chess.

  2. GM Daniel I love your coaching style! So refreshing to get a sound, logical, honest & proven advice to improve at chess from you, that means studying & analysis & playing & not chasing quick & weaker ways to improve by not studying chess. Many thanks for your fine coaching & playing & best wishes 😉

  3. Your bit on opening theory is very refreshing to me since openings are the main reason i enjoy learning about chess. Far more than middle game plans, tactics, or endings. I was constantly trying to learn and was always told by other streamers that 'you shouldnt be learning theory until you're like 2000' which is so stupid and elitist. thats why I'll watch all of your videos 2-3 times before I watch a different streamer who thinks that way

  4. Hi Daniel! I Thank-you for your videos! I have learnt so much from them! Recently I played on my second ever otb tournament, and it was the first time I decided to try my best. In my games, as I was making my recap videos and analyzing with my opponents, I came to conclusion that I had a solid opening thanks to the videos you have uploaded, but in most cases, I'll make a huge 1 move blunder that gives away a huge advantage and I will lose. After this speed run series, will you make more of your middle game videos and/or adjusting to otb after playing only online chess. Thank you!!

  5. I would like to hear some more high level descriptions of dragon / accel dragon / hyper accel dragon, how they’re different, what the pros and cons are, why you chose the accelerated over the other two as your recommendation

  6. i was like 800-900 for a long time and just memorizing a couple of the moves of the main line rocketed me to 1200 almost instantly. i feel like at 800 i was stuck in this purgatory where i was just doing random stuff in the opening and i would just randomly lose before i even got to really start playing the game. now i can make it to a midgame where i'm not already down bad and get to actually play the game, it's way more fun

  7. 33:00 i ran ng5 through lichess analysis and it seems to be the “best” move but I can’t for the life of me understand the complications

  8. Internets number one chess intructor! Thank you Danya for all your hard work. You’ve made learning chess so enjoyable for me and in the year since joining this channel went from 1200-1800 just from watching your videos and understanding your thought process

  9. No opening theory can beat pure calculation. Stop wasting time learning openings, instead, learn how to move the pieces in your head.

  10. I've been playing the standard dragon for several years and this really makes me consider switching

  11. I love the sound effect on 34:40.

    I will be using it every time I pin a queen.

  12. 31:38 I thought he was gonna say "… so let me check the engine" 🤣

  13. I enjoy the opening segment but still wish to know why grunfeld over the kid

  14. Kasparov said it does not make sense to study opening theory asl long as you miss simple tactics. And he is right.

  15. To some extend, the concept of the Dragon lacks stringency. You invest time getting an extra pawn in the center..and then you do not use it? Thanks for letting my pieces dance on the d5 square. Thanks for the dragon bishop never seeing the queenside once its no more about b2 and c3..

  16. personally i absolutely love studying theory and openings, almost more than playing chess. ive spent well over 100 hours studying in the najdorf alone at 1500, and even though i dont see it all the time i love the studying and learned so much from it that can be applied generally

  17. Danya at 7:51: "give me 30 seconds in silence". Danya at 7:53: *LOUD TALKING*. His own worst enemy.

  18. Hi Daniel, great video again. You often want to get double bishop as an advantage which I get as a rule, but in reality it's often hard to utilize this little advantage. Have you thought about making a video just about that? I feel like it would be really nice. Have a good one!

  19. Hikaru and Levi probably don't know
    that THE DRAGON IS AN ANIMAL. 🙂

  20. About your Grunfeld notes at the beginning… As a 1400 1. d4 player, I don't understand why white plays 3.Nc3 when 3. Nf3 works much better. Almost all of my games in this line go 3. Nf3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 and black gets their knight kicked around and I get a big center after 6. Nc3. There's no trades on c3 and I find that white gets a lot of easy play. What is 3. Nc3 supposed to do as white?

  21. 22:10 you don't need to calculate a force mate because if the queen doesn't recapture a3 is checkmate lol

  22. I love mainlining while playing chess. Holla if you do to.

  23. Not half a mil, you deserve 10x that amount at least Danya with the amount of instructive content you have put out, all for free! Thank you so much for being the chess teacher we all need but don't deserve!

  24. Honestly, if people improve from watching Danya's videos it probably has less to do with the information itself and more to do with how easy he makes it to love the game.

    I haven't seen a lot of people more passionate about something than Danya is at chess.

  25. This thing about openings can also be said about the Ruy.

    However, we never see Danya play the Ruy. Ultimately, Danya just chooses the lines he wants to recommend. I don’t think anyone can in good conscience say that the Grunfeld is “easier” than the Ruy. However, we’re still going with the Vienna/4KnightsScotch every time as white during speedruns. This is just a personal choice at the end of the day.

    I really do wish we can see more variety in openings and stop caring about “complexity”, or at least, using the term “theory-heavy”, “complex” as reasons to play or not play an opening.

  26. I just wish that these speed runs will never come to an end 🙂

  27. In my opinion you are the best chess YouTuber. You will hit 1M some day. You already deserves it.

  28. You will hit 400k in no time master danya. keep it up. very educational video.

  29. Does anyone know if Daniel has mentioned why he's recommending the Advanced Dragon over the Najdorf?

  30. IMO daniel should change the name of this series because it doesn't really have anything to do with speed running, and people looking for educational content might skip them since it seems unrelated from the title.

  31. As a 1800-2000 ish player, who has always loved learning opening theory, I’ve never understood the hate on teaching it to those who want to improve. Of course, players need to study their endgames and improve their middlegame senses (where I myself might lack), but I feel like learning openings in your 1000s gives you opportunities to reach positions that allow you to improve your technique

  32. I totally agree on the learning theory part. I started playing at a chess club last year and managed to beat a 2200 OTB in classical, this year I beat another 2200 and a 2150 aswell and drew against an IM. I don't consistently do this ofcourse. The problem I notice is that I encounter new openings for me at sometimes even move 1, while my opponents know theory for at least 10 moves which gives them a big time advantage and for the first moves they'll pretty much play like a computer unless you go out of their prep while you have to figure out everything in an opening that is totally new to you. That's why a 2200 is just as hard to beat for me as a 1900. When I beat those 2200s I went out of their prep and it was an equal game.

  33. I recently picked up the Sicilian myself and these videos are a wealth of knowledge to digest. I can't thank you enough for it. Amazing explanations!

  34. Difference between a GM and a noob. GMs can remember games they played 20 years ago. I can’t even remember what I ate 5 days ago 😂

  35. 31.20 does black actually win exchange? what happens after Bc5 in reply from white?

  36. 8:00
    My preparation in this position in
    1…Ng4 2.Nxc6 bxc6 3.Bd4 Bh6 4.Qe2 e5 5.Bc5 Rb8 6.Qxg4 e6 and the position is equal

  37. How does this guy just whip out random games on a whim that he's played years ago, that have the same positions? 😂

  38. danya, i just want to thank you so much, you are an incredibly good teacher, certainly the best and a tefiffic player!!!

  39. Too much of obvious and even trivial info to my taste, but thanks for the effort.

  40. About Levy and Hikaru saying the Gruenfeld is garbage, based on the video, some precisions:
    – Levy always have reservations on very theoretical openings, but voted for classified it as "maybe not", not garbage.
    – Hikaru seems to have really bad souvenirs about the Gruenfeld a be traumatised. He voted garbage and had the last word.
    Everyone has their bias and they at least have been clear about it.

  41. Chessable… how am I just learning about this now?

  42. Can you do a positional speed run? With openings like the closed Sicilian or the Vienna with g3

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