August '00 Update
I'm afraid you guys really are slacking in the mail department. No mail=No grab bag! However you will be pleased to hear that I have finally got around to providing you with some analysis generously sent in regarding the 9 0-0-0 Nxd4 10 Bxd4 Be6 11 Kb1 Qc7 12 h4 Rfc8 13 g4 Qa5 14 Qg5 b5!? pawn sac.
Obviously I had done some home analysis on this myself to be kept for a rainy day. However in this department it always seems to be sunny as there are very few practical outings with it!
Anyway I have run a fine tooth comb over the variations provided by Michael Valvo and an IM friend of his and merged it in with a rare recent encounter. Check out Votava - Kersten and stay tuned for next month when I'll continue my investigation of this line with some analysis of my own. Don't say I never do anything for you lot!
Also in this month you will see 13 h5
as played against me by a top Grandmaster (Psakhis - Ward) thus deviating from the above but still not entering what you will read I consider to be the critical variation.
A fascinating endgame appears out of a currently under the microscope variation in E Mortensen-Mikhalevski. Write in if anyone is impressed by this casual exchange sacrifice.
Finally we have three ultra recent games. Staying with the above variation of the Yugoslav Attack we have an all Spanish encounter in Fernandez Torre-Martin Gonzalez. Then with 9 0-0-0 d5 White's play is dubious in Schlander - Gheng. A new approach for White in the Classical Dragon is unlikely to find many takers if Villaneuva - Reyes is anything to go by.
"What no Accelerateds" this month I hear you ask. Don't worry they'll be back on the agenda in September. I promise!
The 'Spiritual Advantage If I took White I would have a material advantage but if I allowed him (his compatriot GM) to play the Dragon then he would have a spiritual advantage(!) was Super GM Lev Psakhis' view on this interesting ending which may change some peoples opinion on the old point count system. Surely White is winning?!
Over, just like that! The problem with playing so much theory is that often the amount of moves that you really get to play are kept to a minimum. That was certainly the case here for White!
Excuses excuses! Possibly a favourable Dragon endgame for Black, but I had good reasons for accepting a draw- honest!
Unchartered Waters! Well comparatively. This encounter includes previously unseen analysis on the 14...b5!? pawn sac in the 9 0-0-0 Nxd4 variation. Let's face it, you've got to see it!
The h-file or bust White pins his hopes on the h-file, but an exchange sac more than adequately deals with the situation as the second player has all the fun.
Positionally Flawed White`s positional inaccuracies are well exploited in this nicely played Classical Dragon.