August 2001 - What's New
It's probably late out, but there is a veritable feast for you this month. Thank you for all of your kind mail and you can check out my replies in the Grab Bag.
Well let's start. We have:
The classical encounter Fishbein-Kudrin, AUG01/04, which features ...Nbd7 but the other Dragons are Yugoslav Attacks.
Liang Pengxiang-Liang Chong, AUG01/02, is an offbeat line with 8 Bc4 Qb6 9 Nf5 and we have 2 games featuring 9 0-0-0. Arnold-Rajlich, AUG01/06, revisits the old 9...d5 main line whilst Filipenko-Yevseev, AUG01/03, is an interesting but rare continuation in 9...Bd7.
In 9 Bc4 Bd7, Efimenko-Konguvel, AUG01/05, examines a black piece for pawns 'sac' in the h4-h5 and Nd5 queen trading positional approach whilst Anonomous(!)-Sujey(a site subscriber), AUG01/01, was a more attacking (but naïve!) encounter that I deemed worth including.
Still in the realms of ...Qa5, there seems to be a great deal of attention on the 12 h4 and 13 g4 system at the moment. Should Black play 13...b5, 13...Nc4 or 13...Rc4? Well would you believe that 13...Rxc3 has now entered the equation. Resika-Kahn, AUG01/07, shows why 14 Qxc3 is definitely preferable to 14 bxc3.
Finally in the Accelerated Dragon there is the rematch Wells-Ward, AUG01/08, from this year's British Championship. Enjoy and I'll see you all next month.
AUG01/03 Looking to the past: Could it be that what has gone is what is ahead? Yes an old line looks as though it is worth examining.
AUG01/06 Playing it by the book!: Black follows a game from 'Winning With The Dragon' and the outcome is the same.
AUG01/01 Taking the endgame route: Following a similar theme this month, this time (in a subscriber's submission) it is Black who should have swapped off the queens. The difference here is that he wins anyway!
AUG01/05 An unsuccesful solution: A tempting piece sac proves not to be the solution to Black's problem of avoiding a popular White Yugoslav variation.
AUG01/07 A time to trade queens: White should be credited on getting in the spirit of things but berated for his suicidal tendencies!
AUG01/04 Delaying ...Nc6: Investigating the concept of ...Nbd7 in the Classical.
AUG01/02 The B or not the B, that is the question!: Bxd5 seems to be getting the vote ahead of exd5 in this fascinating Anti-Rauzer variation.
AUG01/08 Repeating Pete!: That's what GM Wells does here to claim a draw after achieving an inferior Accelerated Dragon middlegame.