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What's new in March 2004

Hi everybody!

Sorry, sorry and sorry. What more can I say? Some of you may have read on the website that I suffered a mini disaster with the loss of my laptop. Truth be told I haven't visited the website since because I didn't want to be reminded of it! I lost a lot of chess stuff including yes, shock, horror a few days work on the March update (I had searched through the forum and picked up on several hot topics).


It's taken me a while to get back on line, have all your mail sent to me again, try and duplicate my previous analysis and get used to new writing tools. Dare I say it I may finally have to start using ChessBase 8 (I liked 7!).

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

Anyway, I want to try to move on and in this March 2004 update I have included a Grab Bag with a back log of questions. Thanks for all the mail that you have all sent and I can only re-iterate that over time I will address it all. I will also visit the forum again soon but for now there are four heavily annotated games:

Hynes - Ward: There will be more non-Yugoslav games (as well as Accelerated Dragons) in the updates to follow but this continues the f3 theme with a very rare position of my own after just 9 moves! I have covered the 7...a6 sideline on this site previously:

and as it looked quite promising, I thought I'd give it a whirl myself.

Parligras - Cebalo: This has taken me ages, not once but twice. I have taken on board the numerous discussions/debates that have taken place on the forum regarding this critical 9 0-0-0 Nxd4 10 Bxd4 variation:

It still lacks in practical play but between us (and thanks to all you Dragoneer's, Amateur Dragoneers, Top Notch's, Patrick's and co out there) we have now created a wealth of theory in this line.

Williams - Webb: The same variation but with White trying to get away with deleting 15 a3:

Sutovsky - Hodgson: Addressing a subscriber question, this 1998 9 0-0-0 Yugoslav Attack (...Bd7 line) encounter is revisited with updated annotations.

Back with you for April real soon.

Best wishes


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