November 2000 Update
Well Xmas is upon us and I wish all of my subscribers the very best. This months festive update includes: One novel Hyper-Accelerated Dragon and a fantastic Accelerated Dragon involving a brilliant young Russian. On the Dragon side I have included a slightly older (1999) Levenfish game because well, just because. I notice that the friendly International Master Mr Afek had a very recent hatrick of defeats in our favourite opening. I couldn't be so mean as to include all three (okay I did think about it!) but an offbeat 8...d5?! Is seen in one and I felt it was my duty to bring it to your attention. Another Yugoslav Attack rarity involves an early Bb3 which Black attempts (but fails) to punish and finally there is a nice (but slightly puzzling Black win in the main line 9 Bc4 ...Qa5 variation. A new Dragon book recently came to my intention. It is now in my collection and I have promptly added it to the reviews section. That's it for this year; see you in 2001! Chris
It's not everything but I hope you'll find it a good taster. This is all within the notes to a Women's Olympiad encounter from Istanbul, see CW172.
It seems odd to say it, but "Happy Xmas"! I will endeavour to ensure that you see the next update before 2001 (crumbs doesn't time fly). Meanwhile feel free to send the e-mails in.
Bye for now,
One of those knights! makes it to f5 and that spells the end for Black.
The Inferior Defence is alas what Black employed at a critical stage of this ...Qc7 9 Bc4 variation Yugoslav Attack.
Shockingly bad! Perhaps that's an exaggeration, but the surprise move here isn't good.
A critical pawn Or at least a pawn is a pawn and this is clearly a critical variation!
Tangled pieces A rare move order sees a lot of black queen moves and some odd White minor piece moves. The obvious outcome; a draw!
The king doing the thing Yep, an unlikely hero helps to see Black through to victory in this Classical Dragon encounter.
The early Nxc6 There is a right time for White to trade knights, but this isn't it!
The early h-pawn Not an open Sicilian, but I thought I'd include it anyway. It's still sort of valid as Black has offered a Hyper-Accelerated Dragon with White opting to go it alone with the h-pawn.