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Re: Possilbe new Dragon trend
Reply #1 - 05/13/09 at 19:49:35
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I also noted the new trend.

BTW The position can also avrive after 6.Bc4
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.Bb3 0–0 8.h3 Nc6 9.Be3

I his notes to the game  Zhou Weiqi (2469) - Li Chao (2320) tell us that..
"This old way of playing the 'new Classical' is pretty much considered these days to be a little lame and White generally seeks pastures greener for this bishop. If it ends up on g5 instead then White isn't obliged to include h2-h3 so soon in his set-up but obviously he must be careful regarding the situation of his knight on d4." Smiley

The Dragon is fun and excithing, but it is not a weapon for chickens!
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Possilbe new Dragon trend
05/13/09 at 11:59:25
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It looks like the Dragon is in excellent shape at higher levels since both Anand and Shirov played this line

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3 d6 9. h3  (instead of f3)

agianst Mamedov and Guseinov, two player that usually plays the Topalov system against Bc4 yugoslav. Shure white won both games but that was becouse black went wrong some moves later. Could be a start of a new trend?

Also Karjakin played 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 againts Guseinov and that game became a draw.
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