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Hi everyone!
The October update mostly contains games from the Olympiad at Khanty-Mansiysk, of course, Gawain being there in person to not only watch the theory unfold, but also create it himself!

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6 g3 [B70]

Okay up first is a 6 g3 Dragon, Van den Heever-Jones, in which Gawain employs the attractive (in terms of mixing things up) 8...Qc8 and a very nice game it turns out to be:











Very smooth!



6 Bc4 without Be3 [B70]

Also in the non-Yugoslav Attack department we have the 6 Bc4 (well after a rare move order) encounter that turned into one of those bishop back to f1 Classical Dragons:











Then, though, Zaragatski-Schramm became more of a Maroczy Bind.

Intrigued? Check it out!



Yugoslav Attack

On to the Yugoslav and Iordachescu-Braga sees 12 Nb5 (in the 9 0-0-0 Nxd4 line) making its debut on this site (i.e. in a main game):











I think I've concluded that I don't like 12...Qb8?! and after you've seen this game you might just agree!

Everyone is talking about 9 g4 Be6 10 Nxe6 fex6 and where better than Ponomariev-Radjabov to help progress theory:











Honours were even in the end but this remains a hot topic.

Then we have two games with 9 Bc4, the first being a nice win for Black in the Chinese Variation encounter Zhigalko-Motylev, although I can't see 16 Nb1 taking off!











Finally, we end where we started, with Gawain annotating one of his own games. This time though...

Stellwagen-Jones is far from smooth, and it seems that, despite the final result of a draw, White does have the better of this Soltis Variation game.



Back next month as usual!

Chris and Gawain

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