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Dec '99 Update

As well as the preliminary launch material, each month you'll be provided with brand new, up-to-date material on the Dragons.

Well I'm back and it seems as though it was only yesterday when I did my last update. Consequently you may feel that this month is a little lightweight. No it's not just that I thought you'd all be too busy eating Xmas turkey and watching James Bond films. Well okay that was part of it, but also compared to last time, I'm a little short on feedback. Hence there is no e-mail grab bag additions, although I am honoured to have received the following from none other than 'Accelerated Dragons' co-author International Master Jeremy Silman:-

Hello Chris,

I'll be reviewing this site soon, so I figured I'd ask a question or two and see how this kind of thing works here.

After 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 g6 5 Nc3 Bg7 6 Be3 Nf6 7 Bc4 Qa5 8 0-0 0-0 9 Nb3 Qc7 10 Bg5 a6, Anand did well with the White pieces (with 11 Be2, I believe).

What's the latest verdict on this position?

Also, 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 g6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Qxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 is clearly White's most dangerous move. Anything new happening here?

Jeremy Silman

What does he think I am, some sort of trained seal! I don't know; next it'll be "Fetch me some top Classical analysis" or "Stand to attention when you address the Levenfish"!

Still, as nobody else has suggested anything else in particular and come to think of it, actually I would like a good review...

The 1999 Wijk aan Zee game Anand - Van Wely is included here with for what it's worth (hopefully something!) my current verdict based on recent developments.

Another subscriber will be pleased that I have also annotated a fascinating Hyper-Accelerated Dragon encounter, that hopefully answers the second part of Mr Silman's letter.

I am still slightly surprised that there have been few queries regarding the Yugoslav Attack. To end this century I have taken a peek at 9 0-0-0 d5 10 exd5 Nxd5 11 Nxc6 bxc6 12 Bd4 and as alternatives to 12...e5, have investigated 12...Bxd4 13 Qxd4 by updating the 13...Qb6 option and introducing 13...Qc7.

Surely subscribers need no reminding that there remains several unannotated games in the Yugoslav Attack sections.

By default over time I will continue to resurrect these with new comments and games, but if there are any that you are particularly interested in, then by all means let me know and this procedure will be accelerated.

Oh, Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!


P.S. Jeremy may wish to note that occasionally sarcasm rears its ugly head on my site!

New Games

Yugoslav 9 O-O-O

Isolated Pawns:- I'm afraid it's true. Even in the crazy Dragon, positional principles still apply (well sometimes!)

A Titanic Tension Tussle:- See what happens when Super Grandmasters refuse to budge an inch in the struggle over the centre.

Accelerated Dragon

Pelikans Don't Breathe Fire!:- Plus the sting in the tail is removed when what starts out as an Accelerated Dragon, begins to resemble a Sveshnikov Sicilian.

Hyper-accelerated Dragon

Repetitive 'Hyper' Activity!:- A thrilling Hyper-Accelerated Dragon encounter, but is the truth just a repetition?

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Until next time.