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Hi everyone!

Am not long back from the British Championship and there's good news and bad news. The good news is that I had no less than 4 Sicilians. The bad news is that they were 1 Closed Sicilian, 1 (sort of) Grand Prix Attack, 1 Sicilian Bb5+ and 1 Sicilian c3! Three wins and 1 loss wasn't too bad, especially as it was criminal to lose the one I did. However, that's all irrelevant as I'm afraid as they were all Anti-Sicilians, none of them are relevant to this section. As usual though we do have some hot off the press encounters, although personally I was a little disappointed with the batch of Dragons that hit TWIC over the last few weeks.

Download PGN of August '06 Dragon Sicilian games

Anyway I'm sure that's just a blip and for this month we have:

Perciun - Slovineanu: What could have been a hyper-Accelerated Dragon turns into a Yugoslav type position but with Classical Dragon themes.

Confused? Don't hang around, check it out!

Jerkovic - Bukal: A Bc4 (rather than a Maroczy Bind) Accelerated Dragon:

White aims for a boring endgame and winds up suffering himself. I know that this is an opening site but the endgame here is rather amusing.

Tahiri - Niehaus: Some interesting thoughts but ultimately a disaster for Black in a sharp Levenfish variation:

Black should stand fine but pays the price for complacency.

Vyslouzil - Mankeyev: This is definitely a month for traps and mistakes and here we learn why White can't just expect to bash down the h-file in the 9 Bc4 Nd7 Yugoslav:

A theme well worth remembering.

Katov - Jianu: We investigate a new (for this site) position in the Chinese Dragon:

although if our previously uncovered new idea continues to hold up, this shouldn't be of much theoretical importance.

Edouard - Cebalo: It might not be that much fun for Black but strictly speaking this could be a be a big novelty against the prophylactic 10 Bb3 in the 9 Bc4 Yugoslav attack:

not that I particularly rate the early bishop retreat anyway.

Well I'm not planning on writing any more books for a while so I intend to dedicate some more time to Dragon study. I have been observing some intriguing movements in the ...Qa5 variation and as soon as I come across anything concrete, you will be the first to hear of it. Meanwhile don't forget to write in if you have any requests or points of general interest to make and that includes if you have done previously and think that I'm ignoring you because I have forgotten to reply. I never intentionally do-honest!

Oh well, bye for now, Chris

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