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What's New in June 2004

As well as monitoring any interesting Dragon developments and answering your mail I've decided to revisit and update some of the sites lesser annotated games.


To download the June '04 Dragon Sicilian games directly in PGN form click here: Download Games

I have two of those this month:

Mueller - Berndt: I've inserted some annotations in this 1998 9 0-0-0 d5 10 Qe1 encounter:

which in particular focuses on the move 17 Qe3. Yes I know we get really deep here but that is because...

Kobalia - Petrosian: saw 17 Nd5 instead:

Just a blitz game but of a high quality and discussed here amongst other things are other 17th move divergences too.

Christensen - Ward: This game of mine is also a replacement. Bearing in mind last month's topic of sacrificing the exchange on c3 (well let's face it that whole concept never really leaves!) I thought it educational to bring it back into play.

Black to move ...

Benderac - Prelevic: Not for the squeamish, this shows what can happen when Black is shy about parting company with the aforementioned rook!

Carvalho da Silva-De Costa Junior: Goody, it's 'Chinese Dragon' time again and with the help of a novelty by one of our regular contributors, in a popular variation:

it looks as though Black can force more than a draw.

Zickau - Goerke: Rounding off a bad month for White (on this site at least) a Classical Dragon where White sets out to play solid but things go horribly wrong!

Here Black grabs the bishop pair.

Ersahin - Bakalarz: More Dragon hacking and this time it's in the Accelerated Dragon with 8 e5:

Oh those bishops!

I'll be back before you know it.

Best wishes,


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