What's new in February 2002
Sorry that this has been a little late again but hopefully it will have been worth the wait. Not much seems to have occurred in the Accelerated Dragon and I'm still busy reaching conclusions that I shall impart to you on the ...b6 variation of the Maroczy Bind.
All this month's new games are easily downloaded in PGN format using ChessPub.exe, open ChessPub.exe, put the date on, say, 22nd March 2002, and then click on 'Dragon', over on the right. All these games should appear (and the new ChessPub Guides, too)!
You can also enter the specific ECO code if you are only interested in a particular opening. The updated eBooks can be found at the eBooks Download Page.
Well I've been on my travels and with three tournament wins out of three my trips have been rather successful. More relevant to you guys may be the three Dragon games I've had. Indeed you're in for a treat this month (or last month depending on which way you look at it!) with the emphasis as usual on quality rather than quantity.
That is except for Joshi-Ward(!) which sees a typical beginners error in the Classical variation, [B74].
Black performs very well this update with Inarkiev-Motylev particularly impressive, [B72]. Another Classical variation but pure genius!
I see that the 6 Bc4 Hector-Ward game, [B72], received a bit of publicity.
Predominantly a Yugoslav Attack issue then a new possibly important move appears in the 9 0-0-0 d5 of Palac-Kolev [B76].
From the same tournament as the Hector game, the offbeat early Bb3 Yugoslav Attack Brinck-Claussen-Ward, [B77], was no less exciting. Yes my own annotations exclusively for my favourite subscribers!
Meanwhile in 9 Bc4, I take a first real look at ...Qb8 in Gravel-Bluvshtein whilst Brajic-Marcetic and Ali-Romi place a couple of Dragon combinational themes under the microscope, all [B78].
Okay that's it for now. I'm storing up your letters (not that there are many!) and you can expect a grab-bag in the not too distant future.
Until next time