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Hi everyone,

It's all Yugoslav Attack this month starting with a couple of games in a very trendy 9 Bc4 variation!

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Both games feature 12...b5:











But whereas:

Faraoni-Lalic: promised so much more,

Bakre-Kadziolka: definitely delivered!

Meanwhile:

Salmon-Pogonina: is an old fashioned Soltis Variation:











in which White gets nothing, but in

Sammalvuo-Forsaa: he definitely does. A familiar theme employed this time courtesy of 9 g4:











Despite claims that the Dragon has been all analysed out, new ideas continue to surface. I'm always suspicious when they involve pawn moves (rather than piece play) for Black and I doubt that the 9 0-0-0 a5:











of

Prodescu-Bailey: is going to take off!

Ghinea-Pokorny: was also painfully slow for Black, too, and serves as a warning to players intending to employ this ...a6 and ...b5 idea. Don't castle too soon!

Another early pawn move in ...b5 has been queried recently and without giving anything away I will be taking a look at that in the next update.

Until then

Chris

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