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Hi guys, okay this update took me more than just a few days but that'll teach me for encouraging you lot to write in! Remember I will answer all mail on this site (usually in a grab-bag) rather than personally. Anyway this month is a real subscriber's questions edition and you will notice that the Grab Bag is absolutely huge!

You will also find my views on Andy Martin's '...Qa5 refutation' in the Grab Bag and my review of Edward Dearing's excellent Play The Sicilian Dragon in the Reviews.

All in all quite a lot of stuff I'd have to say, but I'm only doing my job!

Download PGN of February '05 Dragon Sicilian games

The games featured all relate to questions fromn subscribers and they are:

Jackson - Tan: Some interesting notes (and sub variations) in the critical line of 9 0-0-0 Nxd4 10 Bxd4:

Frei - Naundorf: Accelerated Dragon/ Classical stuff with this site's first visit to the ...Ng4xe3 tactics.

Cabanas Bravo-Semprun: An exciting Soltis variation,

supplied by a relatively new Dragon convert.

Esoteric - Kagatingen: Scrutinising an interesting, though arguably not incredibly relevant, queen sacrifice.

Anon - Wantolo: What to do when your opponent doesn't follow the main line of a main line(!) and assessing an endgame.

Anon - Donaldson: John Donaldson asks how to spice things up and John Watson summarises theory in this f4 line

I offer an opinion but more will follow!

Bye for now,


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