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Hi guys!
Reflected in the increase in popularity of the 'Accelerated Dragadorf', first up I bring you two recent encounters of my own. Namely:

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Snape-Ward: featuring 8 a4:











and,

Kwiakowski-Ward: with 8 Qd2 b5 9 a4, both in critical variations suggesting that things are still fine for Black.

Then moving on to the normal Yugoslav Attack we have the entertaining encounter Moylan-Jones: It is the 9 0-0-0 d5 10 Qe1 line which I've never seen as much of a threat:











The young English GM ruthlessly punishes a White inaccuracy and Gawain's attacking play should be an inspiration.

Stellwagen-Reinderman: sees another strong player adopting the Chinese Variation and he takes to it like a duck to water. Another promising novelty in an already sound line.

Offering something different still is Erdogdu-Erdogan: Sadly (from a Black point of view!) it ends badly but could ...a5 be another avenue for investigation. If this game is anything to go by then 'yes'!

Away from the Yugoslav Attack but it seems no less deadly is the not quite novelty 11 g4!? in the Classical variation of Dgebuadze-Fedorovsky:











Who said this system was quiet? Okay White goes long instead of short but I'm warning now that this pawn sacrifice must be taken seriously.


Back real soon. Chris

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