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Hi guys,

Gee what a Reykjavik Open for me! My plane touches down and I arrive 30 minutes after the start of play. I lose with White in round 1 to a 2164 rating but then I do quite well, eventually going on to draw with Ivan Sokolov and beat the likes of Jan Timman and Sergei Erenberg!

Download PGN of March '06 Dragon Sicilian games

Alas no Dragon games for me on my travels though although this month I do have 7 recent encounters for you:

Gara - Johansson: As is so often the case, an attempt to play the Yugoslav Attack against the Accelerated Dragon goes horribly wrong:

Don't try this one at home!

Nunn - Jones: Here the talented English young IM succeeds in turning a fianchetto system into a Yugoslav attack:

but I'm afraid against the Beating The Sicilian expert it all goes downhill from there.

And some interesting developments in the Dragadorf variation...

Schneider - Kudin: Black employs the provocative 8...b5 and then riding on a wave proceeds to try to use the omission of ...Nbd7 to his own advantage.

Carlsson - Campos Moreno: White ensures that his bishop won't be left on f1 by bringing it out to c4 a move earlier. All intriguing stuff but Black definitely under-estimates his opponent's attack here.

Also though...

Yagupov - Guseinov: Two extremely strong players but in the early Bb3 Yugoslav Attack Black still seems to be in the comfort zone.

The position after 12 a4.

Rodriguez Guerrero-Charbonneau: Due to some inaccurate defensive play on Black's part this most recent attempt to refute the Chinese Dragon works out nicely:

Dos Santos-Granara Barretto: If you are going to meet the 9 0-0-0 Yugoslav Attack with the ...Nxd4 and ...Be6 then you really need to be well prepared.

Alas here Black certainly isn't!

Bye for now, Chris

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