Mm si a

This pin ruins Black's day. Now he is prevented from developing naturally as all possibilities are structurally weakening.

Simply grim looking is 7...dxe5 8 1^8+ &xd8 9 £.e3 Ml 10 £.xc6 bxc6 11 £>xe5 i.e8 12 0-0-0+ <&cl 13 £>c4 £}g4 14 Af4+ &c8 15 fihel f6 16 f3 g5 17 &d6 ^e5 18 iLxe5 fxe5 19 ®xe5 Hg8 20 &e4 g4 21 fxg4 Sb8 22 Zhc5

Yes, barely out of the 60s and already there were sneaky anti-Dragon players around!

Understandably not happy with the prospect of what now follows, I once handled this rather awkward situation with the ugly 5...f6. Hardly an improvement, though—this is definitely a case of prevention being better than any cure, i.e. delete 3—g6?.

1-0, as seen in B.Parma-R.Hernandez, Havana 1971. All of Black's remaining pawns are isolated and his pieces are on the back rank. No, you're not seeing things (all that stuff about the bishop-pair in open positions is not applicable!). 8g4£sg7 9exd6 a6 Dreaming of compensation, Black sacrifices a pawn. The reality, however, is that a recapture on d6 would merely leave him with an extremely duff pawn and the comparison between Black's 'fianchettoed' g7-knight and White's own horse (about to take residence up on d5) saying it all.

10 J«Lxc6+ bxc6 11 dxe7 Wxe7+ 12 3 c5 13 Wc4 #b7 14 0-0-0 &e6 15 «34+ 1-0

M.c4 is also a Dragon deterrent as then after 6...g6? the nightmare scenario is 7 £ixc6 bxc6 8 e5 dxe5?? (obviously not best but there is no good response) 9 JLxf7+ when Black must wave goodbye to his queen.

I must reiterate that this is a sneaky move order. Make sure that you are on the ball.


Upon 15..JLd7 decisive is 16 Hxd7 Wxdl 17 #e4+.

Game 5 J.Barle White D.Velimirovic Black Yugoslav Championship 1975

1 e4 c5 2 &D d6 3 &c3 £)c6 4 d4 cxd4 5 £}xd4 g6

What really should be noted is that while 5...<5}f6 isn't actually a mistake, it is a direct transposition into a 'Classical Sicilian'.

Although here 6 .&.e2 g6 would enter the realms of a Classical Dragon, there are a couple of natural White alternatives that would throw a spanner in Black's works. Firstly, 6 ¿Lg5 (a Richter-Rauzer) would halt 6...g6?! because of the structurally shattering 7 JLxf6. Secondly, with more subtlety, 6

Another tricky move which should not however elicit panic. Black mustn't now overrate the threatened (and forthcoming) £)b5 idea as that in itself could be potentially disastrous. Here, for example, 6...ád7 7 Hc8 is playable but 6...a6? drastically weakens the b6-square. Then 7 Áe3, offering up 8 <2ixc6 and 9 É,b6, is extremely worrying.

The white knights have infiltrated Black's position to try and cause damage (i.e. forcing the black king to move before it would have wanted to) but now they must hurry out to prevent damage (i.e. to avoid being trapped behind enemy lines).

As just mentioned (in a roundabout way!), necessary to stop...e6.

knights (the rest being with the pawns). 12...&ge7 13 ¿Le2 Hb7!?

""' '/yisss, '1/y/ssss, 'i- ///:•/// - v/l'.

""' '/yisss, '1/y/ssss, 'i- ///:•/// - v/l'.

A fascinating manoeuvre in an unusual position. The point behind this move lies in the fact that not only is the d-pawn Black's only real weakness but the best way to exploit the awkwardly placed white knights is to advance it.

14 f4 d5! 15 exd5 exd5

In WWTD I mentioned the most satisfactory 10...e6 11 <$¥4 b5 12 a3 ±b7 13 JU13 <5}f6 14 0-0 <&e7 15 £sh3 fie8 16 f4 <S?f8 17 Wei &g8 18 ag4 19 Jld2 f5 20 exf5 exf5 21 Wg3 d5 22 Sael Wd7 23 £rf6 24 Wh3 d4 25 £)dl Sbd8 26 a4 h6 27 axb5 axb5 28 &£3 Wd5 29 *gl £ie4 30 Ie2 Se6 31 Sfel Sde8 32 ±cl h5 33 £tf2 ±f6 34 ftxe4 fxe4 35 £kI2 e3 36 JLg7 37 f5 Hf6 38 fxg6 Bef8 39 Hfl &e5 40 Seel £ixf3+ 0-1 of R.Bellin-A.Miles, Torquay 1982 As variety is the spice of life, though, I've proffered the text as an alternative way of playing for Black.

Black may not be able to castle but White is hardly deriving maximum benefit from this as, instead of developing, a massive 75% of White's moves have been with his

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