Moving on and we certainly have some high level clashes for you this month.
Okay, first Gawain kicks us off with the Dragadorf encounter Kokarev - Sjugirov. If anybody knows why even strong White players keep dabbling in this variation despite abysmal results then do let us know!
Motylev - Feller is a typically complicated Soltis variation encounter:
but vital for those playing the line to take a look at.
Then we have two games featuring the same Grandmasters. The first Dominguez - Smerdon tussle is in our popular ...Re8 Soltis type position but then we move into the realms of the 9 0-0-0 Yugoslav Attack with the second Dominguez - Smerdon demonstrating how Black still seems to be okay in the 12...Nxc3 variation:
As it happens Short - Carlsen was still in relative sideline territory. We are talking 9 0-0-0 d5 10 Kb1 and a wonderful if far from error free game which could see a change of assessment of one possibly critical middlegame in Black's favour:
I hope you like my annotation of this game. I was commentating on it live at the London Chess Classic event and we were delighted to have Nigel come and deliver a post mortem to the big audience.
Finally, Ivanchuk - Gashimov rounds off the year and a very sweet game it is too.
Long live the Dragon! Err, I mean please continue to tune in to our continued unbiased views on the most exciting chess opening!
Till next year (when I have some post to be answering-thanks for that!)
Chris and Gawain