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March 2001

Yugoslav 9 0-0-0

Yugoslav 9 Bc4

Classical

Accelerated

So you thought my March update might be out in March? April fool!

Alright I'm sorry, it's my fault. I am still working on 'Winning With The Sicilian Dragon 2' and indeed this month I provide more shameless advertising with an old game I've previously mentioned on this site: CW197 Spulber-Socaciu (9 Bc4 …Qa5 line).

Talking of books (and for all those that kindly keep enquiring about mine, I suspect it will be on sale around July/August), I notice that two volumes of the 'Complete Dragon' by Gufeld & Stetsko have appeared. I will review them for the April update, but if anyone wants to send in their comments then I would be only too happy to read and maybe publish them.

A rather uneventful Accelerated Dragon encounter CW193 involving two super solid Grandmasters is counterbalanced by a thriller in an offbeat Yugoslav line CW192 (Bc4 with Qe2) involving two of the most exciting players around (Shirov-Topalov).

In the 9 0-0-0 d5 department, White loses a tempo and is still quickly victorious in CW194 Antal-Zalai, whilst Black is successful with a rarely seen, but possibly theoretically important move in CW196 Hajnal-Rajlich.

Meanwhile I will be giving some stick to my old friend Rob Wilmoth. It's bad enough wimping out with the Classical variation against the Dragon, but allowing a simple (and very effective) …Rxc3 exchange sacrifice CW195. well that's criminal!

Til next time

Chris

Chris Ward@ChessPublishing.com

New Games

Yugoslav 9 0-0-0

CW196 The deliberately cornered king: Incredibly clever or incredibly stupid; the jury remains out!

Yugoslav 9 Bc4

CW197 A 'Winning With The Sicilian Dragon 2' taster: How can you not buy the book now? Edited highlights from a game and variation recently discussed on this site.

Classical

CW195 A Premature Retreat?: Clearly not a prophylactic masterpiece, but is an early Nb3 really bad?

Accelerated Dragon

CW192 The Entertainers: You can't take it away from these guys. This is the sort of encounter that the public loves to see. Shame the players couldn't; it was a blindfold game!

CW193 The Typical Scenario: Yep it's that 'bad' bishop vs good knight situation; or is it?

CW194 Losing a tempo to win!: Well that's effectively what happens here but I can't believe it was planned.

Yugoslav 9 0-0-0

Yugoslav 9 Bc4

Classical

Accelerated