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Happy new year everybody!
Well I've spent quite a lot of time on this website as I continue to integrate more explanations into the roadmaps. I also want to make sure that I am not ignoring any of your questions but do still request that if you want my attention on anything, please e-mail me directly if you are a subscriber (through the site) rather than leaving a comment on the forum. That said, from time to time I do browse through the forum and hence some related topics this month and also an instructive Grab Bag covering the Sozin/Dragadorf.

Download PGN of January '07 Dragon Sicilian games

Though this is of course an 'all things Dragon' site, I haven't forgotten that I promised someone that I would look at a QGA line and I plan on doing that during the upcoming Gibraltar tournament. Of more relevance to our regular subscribers though may be some 9 0-0-0 Yugoslav Attack analysis which again I said I would look at. The only thing is that I don't seem to have it, so 'Tekyo' if you are out there, do please send me what you want and I will gladly comply with your wishes.

Okay, this month I have for you:

Abreu - Corrales and Gonzalez de la Torre-Argandona Rivero which both include an early g-pawn advance help to beef up the theory of, and correspondingly the Chesspublishing roadmap of, the 'Chinese variation':

Abreu - Perez: 10 Bb3 in the 9 Bc4 Yugoslav Attack continues to gain followers eager to avoid the Chinese variation:

A trade of knights in the centre and a swift queenside pawn storm aimed at embarrassing White's light-squared bishop is a popular response but the introduction of a new move here sadly doesn't go quite as planned for Black.

Gulbas - Vermeulen: A rare outing on this site for the 'Soltis variation' and a first time viewing for 13 Rdg1:

One could be forgiven for assuming that this slow approach shouldn't be threatening but there is obviously a reason why Grandmaster Nick DeFirmian has kept faith with it.

Demianjuk - Kabanov: More adventures in the 'Dragadorf' plus extensive introductory notes on the 'Accelerated Dragadorf'.

Ashton - Williams: Simon almost became the first person to play the 'Hyper-Accelerated Dragadorf' but in fact all he got was a standard 'Maroczy Bind':

An excellent game, though, offering hope to all long suffering Accelerated Dragon players.

Well that's it for now. Here's hoping that my Gibraltar trip will bring plenty of Dragon tales but even if it doesn't, see you all back here in a month's time.

Best wishes, Chris

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