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Hello everyone,
Hope you are all well and are pleased to see Gawain heavily tackling the 9 Bc4 Yugoslav Attack this month.
Getting straight to the nitty gritty this September we offer:

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Classical Dragon 8.Re1 [B70]

Firstly, away from the Yugoslav Attack with have a quiet Classical Dragon rapidplay encounter with Kramnik-Aronian not really bringing too much to the table except that Black has another way to equalise in the Re1 line:











A draw ultimately results.



Yugoslav Attack 9 Bc4 10 Bb3 [B78]

Fier-Jones which effectively is 10 Bb3 with White employing the slightly lame 12 a3:











Not too testing and although Gawain was looking for a win that didn't come, theoretically speaking Black can be happy.


Soltis Variation [B78]

Piorun-Robson which started off as an old style ...Rc8 but soon transposed to an arguably critical 15 g4!? in a main line:












Chinese Variation [B78]

Adhiban-Blomqvist is a Chinese Dragon straight out of Milos Pavlovic's cutting edge variation. Of course regulars on this site will be very familiar with this line where essentially it is move 19 than comes under the spotlight.

Wow how 10...Rb8!? has developed!


9 0-0-0 d5 10 exd5 [B76]

Offering a nice balance in terms of variations, but, alas, not necessarily excitement I bring you...

A Yugoslav 9 0-0-0 in the form of Adams-Nielsen PH in which the highly rated English GM continues to struggle to get an edge against the 12...Bxd4 variation as we see the introduction of 18...Be6!?:











No wonder the strong Danish GM has taken a liking to the Dragon!


And then...

9 g4 without 9...Bd7 [B76]

A Yugoslav 9 g4 with a re-introduction of 9...Nxd4 10 Bxd4 Be6 11 h4 in Shimanov-Kabanov:











This could become critical if Black players are unhappy with 9...Be6 10 Nxe6. Again this doesn't end ideally but theoretically speaking this encounter could be of great interest.



Bye for now!

Best wishes, Chris and Gawain

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