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Re: Report from accelerated Dragon event
Reply #25 - 03/16/21 at 18:41:16
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I usually play Open Sicilian in Correspondence Chess but I played some experiments with Qxd4 vs d6 and Bb5 vs Nc6 but I never got anything in the opening. I also tried a 2 Nc3 move order like Tiviakov as an experiment in some games but I didn't want to play vs accelerered Dragon with my Knight committed to c3 with a pawm at c2 so I played Grand Prix attack in one game to avoid it. I won that game that aldo entered a Swedish Chess magazin but objektiv white has nothing special.

In the norm events I played it ultra safe in opening to not risk anything.
But if one does not take risk its hard to win.

A trick opening to play against is Najdorf. I have played lots of games in English attack, both rated and in several thematical events. I also experimented in h3 system in a few games. Many lines are sharp and in my experience some improvments over books can force a draw.

I am still in a fase to see which openings and sub variations that work over the board work in Correspondence chess.
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Reply #24 - 03/16/21 at 06:27:06
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As Bragesjo reports about a theme tournament about the Accelerated Dragon I suspect he hasn't met or played many Anti-Sicilians.
  

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Reply #23 - 03/16/21 at 03:34:00
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bragesjo wrote on 03/08/21 at 14:13:03:
Without warning my 2nd place has lead to a final.
I think top 3 entered the final since I think there was 2 groups.
I am expecting lots of Marocy Bind since in final one mets more critical lines.

Lucky for my I have played this opening a lot in blitz and rapid.

I had planned to enter a norm tournament next rating period. I will delay it as direct effekt to not play in too many games .


Good luck to you. I can tell you now that the key in correspondence is analyze just one opening to play against different oponents. It wiil save you time. It is senseless to play Anti-Sicilians instead of main lines. Black is very well prepared nowadays.
  
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Re: Report from accelerated Dragon event
Reply #22 - 03/08/21 at 14:13:03
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Without warning my 2nd place has lead to a final.
I think top 3 entered the final since I think there was 2 groups.
I am expecting lots of Marocy Bind since in final one mets more critical lines.

Lucky for my I have played this opening a lot in blitz and rapid.

I had planned to enter a norm tournament next rating period. I will delay it as direct effekt to not play in too many games .
  
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Reply #21 - 07/17/20 at 17:57:36
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bragesjo wrote on 07/17/20 at 15:33:11:
Not relaterad to this thread but even Marocy can lead to opposete side castling.
Shaw has more than one line in hes white repertour book where white castles queenside.

I won a rated corr game today as white  where opponent diverted from Shaws lines but I followed hes concept and got a strong attack.


If it is the same tournament I wonder why it would not be related to that. But anyway. I have seen somebody playing long castle with white in the Maroczy against me. It was a couple of bullet games. I do not remember the whole thing. But it looked to me that it was kind of hard to crack and surprising as well. Keep in mind that there is a lot of revolution in the openings. Just to mention that not long ago Praggnanandhaa castled long with black in a KID Makogonov. Also I read somewhere that in the Exchange Variation of the QGD-Bg5 black would castle long. No surprise to see that kind of concept in other positions even with different color.
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Reply #20 - 07/17/20 at 15:33:11
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Not relaterad to this thread but even Marocy can lead to opposete side castling.
Shaw has more than one line in hes white repertour book where white castles queenside.

I won a rated corr game today as white  where opponent diverted from Shaws lines but I followed hes concept and got a strong attack.
  
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Re: Report from accelerated Dragon event
Reply #19 - 07/17/20 at 09:06:40
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MNb wrote on 07/17/20 at 05:03:08:
XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 22:44:21:
And if you wanna answer 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 with 3...g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 with 5...Bg7 you had to keep in mind what are you going to play if 3.d4 arises. Otherwise you'll have to stick to the Kalashnikov.

How brillliant of you! I only realized this  a quarter of a century ago. Let me tell you a little secret I have revealed only a dozen times thus far on this very forum. I prefer the Kalashnikov to allowing the Maroczy.


XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 22:44:21:
I forgot to mention that 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.O-O-O

Which still cannot arise via the Accelerated Dragon, so you still are not even wrong.

XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 22:44:21:
Those who prefer the Accelerated Dragon are not real Dragon players.<-------- I never said that!

And I never claimed you did.

XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 22:44:21:
When I said 'Real Dragon Players" I meant that by knowledge and experience you become one of them.

Thanks for confirming that your comments are irrelevant in this thread. This is the point, silly. Those who play the Accelerated Dragon don't have any ambition to "become one of them". Or they would start playing 2...d6.

[moderator hat on] Your next comment in this thread about the Accelerated Dragon, please. [moderator hat off]


I do not think I am brilliant. But you have to realize that others read this, even newcomers. So they get the answer one more time. You figured it out 25 years ago which is excellent. But there are guys that they DO NOT want to play Kalashnikov at all. So they might have to take it into Maroczy.

Well whether they wanna play a proper Dragon or not I guess is a matter of choice. People play in different ways. If you don't want to play a proper Dragon is one thing. But sometimes there are Dragon players that take 2...Nc6 or 2..g6 trying to avoid certain lines. Also some players like Tiviakov play both the Accelerated and the Proper Dragon. In the end is a matter of taste what and which way you wanna play. Or you do not agree on that?
  
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Re: Report from accelerated Dragon event
Reply #18 - 07/17/20 at 05:03:08
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XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 22:44:21:
And if you wanna answer 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 with 3...g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 with 5...Bg7 you had to keep in mind what are you going to play if 3.d4 arises. Otherwise you'll have to stick to the Kalashnikov.

How brillliant of you! I only realized this  a quarter of a century ago. Let me tell you a little secret I have revealed only a dozen times thus far on this very forum. I prefer the Kalashnikov to allowing the Maroczy.


XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 22:44:21:
I forgot to mention that 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.O-O-O

Which still cannot arise via the Accelerated Dragon, so you still are not even wrong.

XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 22:44:21:
Those who prefer the Accelerated Dragon are not real Dragon players.<-------- I never said that!

And I never claimed you did.

XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 22:44:21:
When I said 'Real Dragon Players" I meant that by knowledge and experience you become one of them.

Thanks for confirming that your comments are irrelevant in this thread. This is the point, silly. Those who play the Accelerated Dragon don't have any ambition to "become one of them". Or they would start playing 2...d6.

[moderator hat on] Your next comment in this thread about the Accelerated Dragon, please. [moderator hat off]
  

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Re: Report from accelerated Dragon event
Reply #17 - 07/16/20 at 22:44:21
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MNb wrote on 07/16/20 at 14:26:38:
XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 12:29:10:
But a real Dragon player knows what is best!



Those who prefer the Accelerated Dragon are not real Dragon players.<-------- I never said that! When I said 'Real Dragon Players" I meant that by knowledge and experience you become one of them. I myself played and play the Accelerated and Hyper Accelerated as well.
The knowledge is not based only the basics of an opening it goes further than that.
I'll give an example 1.g3 e5 2.Bg2 d5 3.c4 Nf6 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nb6 6.d3 Nc6 7.Bxc6 bxc6 isn't this an Accelerated Dragon with Reversed colors?
Those are tactical and strategical motifs part of an opening system. My comment intended no offense. And those are played in the Accelerated. And I am pretty sure that you know of Kalashnikov much more than me! So you are a real Kalashnikov player!


XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 12:29:10:
10.h4 is simply replied by 10...h5. On 10.Bb3 black can play either 10...Nxd4 or 10...Rc8.

And thus your answer doesn't make any sense.<-----------------I guess I answered that with............

I forgot to mention that 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.h4 instead of playing 12...h5 previously was played 12...Nc4. So in case of 10.h4 I am not sure how the 12...Nc4 players would handle it at that point. I have only played Soltis in my life so I never worried about it. But if I ever reached the position with 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.h4 I remember I had the option of going into 12....Nc4. So if somebody played me 10.h4 I was never worried because I would answer 10...h5.
In case of 10.h4 black will go 10...h5 11.0-0-0 Rc8 12.Bb3 Ne5 or 11.Bb3 Rc8 12.0-0-0 Ne5.



With the point that White has been forced to play Bb3 at an early stage. True Dragon players can't be bothered; those who play the Accelerated Dragon are more ambitious. They know better than allowing 10.Qd2 (iso 10.h4) Rc8?!  (Nxd4! Parma and Forintos) 11.O-O-O Ne5 12.Kb1. Because that's an important point of playing 2...Nc6.<----------------Those who play the Accelerated will have to deal with the Maroczy. So be prepared! Also on your last paragraph  10...Rc8 is not dubious after 11.0-0-0 black still can enter the Topalov with 11...Nxd4.

And if you wanna answer 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 with 3...g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 with 5...Bg7 you had to keep in mind what are you going to play if 3.d4 arises. Otherwise you'll have to stick to the Kalashnikov.



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Reply #16 - 07/16/20 at 22:25:04
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I forgot to mention that 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.h4 instead of playing 12...h5 previously was played 12...Nc4. So in case of 10.h4 I am not sure how the 12...Nc4 players would handle it at that point. I have only played Soltis in my life so I never worried about it. But if I ever reached the position with 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.h4 I remember I had the option of going into 12....Nc4. So if somebody played me 10.h4 I was never worried because I would answer 10...h5.
In case of 10.h4 black will go 10...h5 11.0-0-0 Rc8 12.Bb3 Ne5 or 11.Bb3 Rc8 12.0-0-0 Ne5.
  
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Re: Report from accelerated Dragon event
Reply #15 - 07/16/20 at 14:26:38
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XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 12:29:10:
But a real Dragon player knows what is best!

Those who prefer the Accelerated Dragon are not real Dragon players.


XChess1971 wrote on 07/16/20 at 12:29:10:
10.h4 is simply replied by 10...h5. On 10.Bb3 black can play either 10...Nxd4 or 10...Rc8.

And thus your answer doesn't make any sense.



With the point that White has been forced to play Bb3 at an early stage. True Dragon players can't be bothered; those who play the Accelerated Dragon are more ambitious. They know better than allowing 10.Qd2 (iso 10.h4) Rc8?!  (Nxd4! Parma and Forintos) 11.O-O-O Ne5 12.Kb1. Because that's an important point of playing 2...Nc6.



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Re: Report from accelerated Dragon event
Reply #14 - 07/16/20 at 13:32:25
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bragesjo wrote on 07/16/20 at 09:31:21:
I dont have access to a Fritz right now to enter the moves correctly

winboard for the win! Ctrl+C = Copy Game to Clipboard. The most important use for me is when I don't have rights to install software. Download a zipped .exe and double-click to run. Or keep it on usb if that's not disabled.
http://www.open-aurec.com/wbforum/viewtopic.php?t=51528
  
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MNb wrote on 07/16/20 at 10:38:49:
bragesjo wrote on 07/16/20 at 09:31:21:
Negi also goes covers early h4 before 0-0-0 but conclued that the position is equal.

That makes me curious as I found this harder to meet for Black than O-O-O first.
But I can wait until tomorrow.  Wink


10.h4 is simply replied by 10...h5. On 10.Bb3 black can play either 10...Nxd4 or 10...Rc8. If I am not wrong 13 years ago I drew a game in corr. after I played 10...Na5 after transpositions (I am not sure if I would repeat today). On 10.0-0-0 Rc8 should be fine unless you wanna try 10...Rb8.

At the beginning of the 90s it was thought that 10.h4 was dangerous. But a real Dragon player knows what is best!
  
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bragesjo wrote on 07/16/20 at 09:31:21:
Negi also goes covers early h4 before 0-0-0 but conclued that the position is equal.

That makes me curious as I found this harder to meet for Black than O-O-O first.
But I can wait until tomorrow.  Wink
  

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Reply #11 - 07/16/20 at 09:31:21
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mxstoe wrote on 07/15/20 at 23:47:41:
brasjego, what are the Weaknesses in Negis Book?


Negis weaknesses are not forced loses only that black equalices completly. I dont have access to a Fritz right now to enter the moves correctly as pgn. I will post it here tommorow so we have something to discuss.

The summary are in the line  I know as parma variation where Negi missed an major improvment,
The other line are the line I call Toplaov systems, Negi and engines claim a slight edge but after a novelty is impossible to improve the position.
Negi also goes covers early h4 before 0-0-0 but conclued that the position is equal.

If you want the information before tommorow Dismantling the Sicilian has the lines menton in the section "What others recommend and why I disagree".

EDIT

I assumed that brasjego is s typo. Bragesjo mean the Lake of Bragi. Bragi =  Brage in swedish who was a viking god of scaldic and poety. Sjö = lake.


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More games are being completed and it already clear that I will get at least 2nd place but if 2 players draw I will get shared 1st place.
  
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Reply #10 - 07/15/20 at 23:47:41
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bragesjo, what are the Weaknesses in Negis Book?

(typo fixed - moderator)
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Reply #9 - 07/12/20 at 15:44:29
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MNb wrote on 05/18/20 at 07:33:01:
1. What do you mean with the Parma Variation?
2. Have you given up on the ...e6 Sicilian, except perhaps in corr. chess (btw I can't remember whether you played the Kan, the Paulsen or the Taimanov)?
3. Have you considered replacing the Maroczy Bind with the Kalashnikov or do you prefer to avoid 3.Bb5?
4. Which line do you think most promising against the Maroczy Bind?

Thanks in advance.


Playing just one opening shortens your knowledge of positions. Unfortunately it is the way it is. Many many years ago I was playing the Najdorf. But it was The Dragon that really became my main defense against 1.e4. And it has always been like that. With wins, draws and loses whether it was blitz or tournament games. I combined it with the King's Indian Defense, Some Indo Benoni and even Benko structures. There has been a short time when I played Some Tartakower of the QGD. Also Semi-Slav Systems. But the KID has always been my main Defense as well as the Dragon. There was a time when I have tried 1.e4 e5 with black. I knew what to play. But I am a Sicilian player anyway. Always I came back to that. In some correspondence I have played Najdorf and Dragon. It has been a little while because I stopped playing it. Also for sometime I combined KID with Gruenfeld. Opening theory has developed so much that what it was good yesterday might not be good today. I found a lot of "nonsense chess" that today is played. Systems in which someone plays g4 or h4 or g5 or h5. So basically I had to learn how to counterpunch clowns that think that they are going to kill you right from move one.
I myself have spent hundreds of hours analyzing many Anti-Sicilians and critical lines of the Dragon. I am not finished. And I am still working on them. But trust me if I tell you that there is no better antidote that your own work. Especially when you play something that NOBODY recommends. I have pulled way too many people out of their books and crushed them with secondary lines. Especially in Anti Sicilians. Just to say I have put out of business The Morra, the Alapin, the Wing Gambit, and so on. I do not trust no GM course 100%. I have seen that GMs suggest you to play different things. But there is no deep analysis of those positions.
Honestly it is better to know well one defensive system against 1.e4 and another one against 1.d4. In case of the Dragon you have to know how to properly play it. Memory has a big role.
Also when you play positions you have to know the structures derived from them and see if you feel comfortable. Sometimes you have to do hard work in order to find the inner truth of them. Many get disappointed when they end up crushed. But it is because they didn't work hard enough to know the depths of those systems.
When Bragesjo mentions Negi's Books is because he finds tricks that favor black, But obviously one is not going to trust the books blindfolded. I myself don't. I have found many errors and bad advices. It's been said that because someone is a GM and writes a book " everybody has to believe it".
Also I forgot to mention there has been a time when I played French with mixed results. The same thing with the Budapest Gambit. But throughout my life. The KID and the Dragon have always been my main weapons. And I still work on them for improvements.

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Reply #8 - 05/19/20 at 09:18:10
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Piotr Nyugen recommends 10...Nxd4 against both 10 Qd2 and 10 h4 in his Chessable course. I remember it looked interesting but risky, although it didn't seem like there was anything clear for White so long as Black is very careful.

Personally, I don't trust the Maroczy line with ...Ng4 and a later ...e5, although it's definitely interesting. I think the Gurgenidze is by far Black's most circumspect option, but obviously that wasn't available with the theme tournament's move order.
  
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Reply #7 - 05/19/20 at 07:04:00
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bragesjo wrote on 05/18/20 at 18:39:37:
10 h4 is I line I never met even the Dragon prober days.



Slight correction, I actually met 10 h4 without noticing it in the thematial event and I played h5 and white played a later Nxc6 after I played Rc8 and the game became a draw later.
  
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MNb wrote on 05/18/20 at 09:03:51:
Ah thanks - now I remember. My memory gets worse every year. So I change my question:

1. Do you also play the Parma/Forintos Variation (I still think the Hungarian GM Gyorgy Forintos deserves the credit) also after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bg7 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 d6 9.f3 Bd7 10.h4!?


10 h4 is I line I never met even the Dragon prober days. I dont think Nxd4 works without the tempo Qd2, white is potentlly a tempo up so I assume that I would play h5 instead with the idea of playing Solits variation, a line I liked to play in the past and is fine for black and a line black wants to play. White does of course not have to cooperate and can play Nxc6 after Rc8 and reach one of my corr games in the event , that became a draw, by transposing.
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Reply #5 - 05/18/20 at 18:29:44
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1. What do you mean with the Parma Variation?
The line has been called Parma variation in in every Dragon book I own, But I have no idea why the varaiation got that name or who played are suggested it first or who the players are. For example I have read that Maroczy suggested c4  but never played Maroczy Bind himself.

2. Have you given up on the ...e6 Sicilian, except perhaps in corr. chess (btw I can't remember whether you played the Kan, the Paulsen or the Taimanov)?
To make long story short I did not like developments in Dragon proper in 9 several 0-0-0 lines so I swiched in to the oppostte of the Dragon, the Caro Kann. However I missed the exitment and then the book "The most flexbile Sicilian got I changed option to Taimanov but I never was complety happy with blacks position in the g3 system , my old line for white since over a decade. Also suddenly the Be3 Qf3 system appered from nowhere so I changed opening into French with the idea to remove some, but not all, d-pawn specials and so I could play 1 e6 vs 1 d4 as well. I also started to play Corr chess during that time.  However in over 75% of my gams I met exchange variation so I looked for other defences and in order to prepare for the event this thread was about I bought a couple of accelerated Dragon books where I like Panjawanis book since the repertouar works the thematical events move order and to my surprise I found the Ng4 Qxg4 Nxd4 Qd1 e5 variation playable and the book also had a practial line vs Morra gambit and an intersting line vs c3 sicilian and since accelerted is a g6 opening I can play g6 setups vs some anti siclian move orders without getting move ordered in an other sicilian variation.

3. Have you considered replacing the Maroczy Bind with the Kalashnikov or do you prefer to avoid 3.Bb5?
I prefere to avoid 3 Bb5. The reason are that typical clubplayers  rarely enters open Sicilian unless rated over 2100 elo so I am willing to play some lines that might be slightly better for the opponnet to play just in case I play vs some stronger players.

4. Which line do you think most promising against the Maroczy Bind?
Is a matter of taste black has actually several reasonalbe systems. I play Ng4 Qxg4 Nxd4 Qd1 e5 system since it is the most provactive line. But to make it clear I would never play it in a rated Corr game but I was willing to play in thematical event and I have played in in  several over the board games as well with mixed results. In Corr games I play an anti computer like in French, Winaver with b6 since computers are cluesless in the opening and thinks that Qg4 wins by force. Vs d4 I usually play Bogo Indian and nobody ever allows the Nimzo Indian. I have also tried Ragozin in a few games and I also started play Ragozin in over the board games as main defence since I found none e6 commited setups more effective vs something clubplayers usually plays in over the board games like Colle or London.
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Ah thanks - now I remember. My memory gets worse every year. So I change my question:

1. Do you also play the Parma/Forintos Variation (I still think the Hungarian GM Gyorgy Forintos deserves the credit) also after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bg7 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 d6 9.f3 Bd7 10.h4!?
  

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kylemeister wrote on 06/14/17 at 20:57:44:
I mentioned it when this came up before, but I think of 10. Bb3 Nxd4 followed by ...b5 as "Parma's equalizing finesse," because that's what David Levy called it in The Sicilian Dragon (1972).


This is what a google search brought up re: the Parma Variation, from an older thread.

edit: 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 g6 5 Nc3 Bg7 6 Be3 Nf6 7 Bc4 0-0 8 Bb3 d6 9 f3 Bd7 10 Qd2 Nxd4 11 Bxd4 b5
  
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1. What do you mean with the Parma Variation?
2. Have you given up on the ...e6 Sicilian, except perhaps in corr. chess (btw I can't remember whether you played the Kan, the Paulsen or the Taimanov)?
3. Have you considered replacing the Maroczy Bind with the Kalashnikov or do you prefer to avoid 3.Bb5?
4. Which line do you think most promising against the Maroczy Bind?

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A bit off topic but I have been starting to play online chess that is no corr chess again for the first time in over 10 years. I play at Lichess since Swedish clubs has started two unofficial Swedish Chess Team competions there, one 3+0 blitz (not realy rated  blitz according to FIDE standard since FIDE rules says more than 3 minutes and less than 10 minutes per player based on 60 moves if increment is used) and one rapid.
The team competitions are separated from each other and have differnet organzers and have different teams in corresponding divisions. Both competitions have different division where teams can go up or down a division and each team consist of players from the same club. My club currently plays in the highest division in rapid but one of the lower in blitz. We have also played our club championship in Blitz Arena at Lichess.

I have started to play Accelerated Dragon as my main defence vs 1 e4 in using the thematical move order above above, both in team competion and also in other online games and its appears to be a very practial opening even if some lines may be theortical better for white. And I play Parma variation vs Bc4 yugoslav. I have also started to try out new openings with the black pieces too like Ragozin Defence. However I don't use accelerated Dragon as main defence in corr games.
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I played in thematial accelerated Dragon event at ICCF. The thematical move order was 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 g6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Bg7.

I will not post any games or give any names since they are secrect to the public according to tournament rules. We had bad luck in the event that one player who has supposed to play did not join the event, thus 8 games instead of 10 games.

I played Maroczy Bind in every white games, half wins and half draws. I did not play optimal in the opening in some draws and I did not even care to look in my books in the opening fase, I used my memory and some special lines I had played before in over the board games.

I was expecting to meet Maroczy Bind in my black games, especially since the early Nxd4 system is ruled out since white can play Be3 in the events move order. But no one played that against me but in the completed games this far I have seen that they played vs other players.
Instead I met Bc4 yugoslav in half of the games and irregular lines in the other half of the games. I won he irregular lines games.

I knew Negis books about Bc4 yugoslav weaknesss vs the Dragon proper so I aimed and also played these lines since I suspected that opponnets used that book, but it is not clear if they actually used it. I got draws in these games without any troubles particullary in one game where Negis book and computers initieally likes whites position, based on extra pawn, but it is impossble to improve the position. But when I think of it it would have been better to play vs Negi books weakness vs accelerted move order since there are a major improvment in Parma variation too where black sacrifices a pawn for long lasting compensation and white has no play at all.

The event is not completed yet by I have no games left. My place in this event is dependent on two other playes games vs each other. If they win 1 game each I get 3rd place. One win and one draw or 2 wins by the same player I get 2nd place and 2 draws I get shared 1st place. But frankly I dont care about place in this event since my plan is to stop play in thematical events and play rated events instead.
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