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What's New In February 2003

Hi everybody. Well I said I'd get up to date soon and I'm not sure whether you will be reading this in February but it's close. Okay give me a couple of weeks and I'll bring you the March update. That will include another grab-bag as your mail continues to flood in. Thanks for that. I will check out the forum and answer any questions but for now just a few words on the Yugoslav Attack 9 0-0-0 that one subscriber enquired about.

When I first wrote WWTD, I was a bit na´ve about 9...Bd7. That had always received bad press but it should come across in WWTD2 that obviously there is a lot more to it than just following up with ...Rc8, ...Ne5 and ...Nc4, effectively losing two tempi on the 9 Bc4 variations (i.e. White obviously gains on Bf1xc4 as opposed to Bc4-b3xc4).

9...Nxd4 10 Bxd4 Be6 remains a solid system against which I believe that a quick h-pawn advance is the most testing. I'm constantly bemused by the reluctance of White players to engage in this as I don't personally believe that any of the other lines are a problem for Black.

Throughout time, despite its occasional low points, 9...d5 has remained. Although it has not always been to my own taste, I do believe that it is currently holding up well.

I am prepared to play all 3 variations and that is possibly the reason why I have 9 0-0-0 played against me so rarely (i.e. my opponents have so much prep to do for the game).

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Regarding the latter two variations:

Tissir-Eliassen:








shows why I'm not personally ecstatic about placing a queen on b8.

Zawadzka-Tiviakov:








is one example of why the top players still have faith in 9...d5.

In the Classical variation:

Hunt-Johnston:

investigates the difference between placing a bishop on e3 or g5.








Hector-Ward:

It's a rematch of our previous encounter effectively in the 6 Bc4 line. This time the Swedish GM is a little more restrained.








Finally an Accelerated Dragon, anti-Yugoslav Attack variation from the same recent event.

Hector-Corkett:








sees Jonny continuing his impressive current form.

See you soon.

Chris

Chris Ward@ChessPublishing.com