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John Nunn vs Christopher G Ward
BCF-chT 9798 (4NCL) (1998), Birmingham ENG, rd 5, Jan-24
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B78)  ·  1-0

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Mar-03-07
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  tpstar: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 <The Yugoslav Attack against the Sicilian Dragon> Bg7 <6 ... Ng4?! 7. Bb5+ K Rahn vs Rellstab, 1941 > 7. f3 Nc6 <Black challenges White's centralized Knight> 8. Qd2 0-0 9. Bc4 <9. Bc4 is more popular than 9. 0-0-0 due to hindering ... d5 while attacking f7. Thus 9. 0-0-0 allows 9 ... d5!? with sharp play. One drawback of 9. Bc4 is how the Bb3 often trades itself for a Nc4, and these moves consume time versus waiting at home on f1.> Bd7 10. 0-0-0 Qa5 <A standard attacking move for Black> 11. h4 Ne5 <Only one database game with 11. h4 h5 and White won S Plukkel vs Frank Sala, 2001 > 12. Bb3 Rfc8 <The KR redeploys to the Queenside> 13. g4 <A Pawn storm against the Kingside fianchetto> b5 14. h5 Nc4 <Black gains a tempo on the Qd2, inducing a trade> 15. Bxc4 bxc4 <Black opens the b file over recapturing 15 ... Rxc4 - again one database game P Mourouti vs P Valden, 2001 where Black won> 16. Bh6 Bh8 <Black avoids trading dsb as the dark squares would be very weak> 17. Nf5 Re8 <17 ... gxf5? 18. Qg5+ Bg7 19. Qxg7#. 17 ... Bxf5 is possible but the open lines would benefit White.> 18. Qg5 <White's Queen menaces the Kingside - compare 18. hxg6 fxg6 19. Bg7 Curt Hansen vs P Roder, 2006 > Qb6 19. hxg6 fxg6 20. Bg7 Bxg7 21. Nxg7 <[last book move]<>> Reb8 <[21 ... Kxg7 22. Nd5 Qc6 23. Nxf6 exf6 24. Qh6+ Kf7 25. Qxh7+ 3.25/12; 22 ... Qc5 23. Qh6+ Kf7 24. g5 Nh5 25. Qxh7+ 3.59/13]<>> 22. Nh5 Nxh5? <[22 ... Qxb2+!? 23. Kd2 Re8 ]<>> 23. gxh5 Be8 <[23 ... Qxb2+!? 24. Kd2 Qb6 ]<>> 24. b3 cxb3 25. axb3 <White consolidates the Queenside> <[25. hxg6 Bxg6 26. Rxh7 Kxh7 27. Qxe7+ Kg8 ]<>> Qc5 26. Nd5 Rb7? <[26 ... Qa3+ ]<>> 27. Nxe7+ Rxe7 <27 ... Kh8? 28. Qf6#> 28. Qxe7 Rc8 <Black threatens mate on c2> 29. Rh2 <The KR helps defend the Queenside> gxh5 30. Rg2+ Bg6 31. Rxd6 Qe3+ 32. Rgd2 Rf8 33. Rd8 <[33. Kb1 Qxf3 34. Rd8 h4 ]<>> Rxd8 34. Qxd8+ Kg7 35. Qd4+ <White trades down to a won endgame> Qxd4 36. Rxd4 h4 37. Kd2 <The King and Rook must blockade the passed Pawn> h3 38. Ke3 Kh6 <38 ... h2 39. Rd1 & 40. Rh1 wins the h Pawn> 39. Kf4 1-0. <[Fritz 7]<>>
Mar-03-07
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  tpstar: Move 9 = Opening Explorer

9. 0-0-0 d5!? Pawn Sacrifice = Opening Explorer

Move 12 = Opening Explorer

13. Kb1 Nc4 14. Bxc4 Rxc4 = Opening Explorer

Instead of 25. axb3 like all humans would do, Fritz 7 suggested 25. hxg6 Bxg6 26. Rxh7 Kxh7 27. Qxe7+ Kg8 :


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Feb-13-16  Albanius: This game is theoretically important. Ward is a Dragon specialist who has written several books on the Dragon. Nunn is a strong GM, who cites this game in his comprehensive reference book Nunn's Chess Openings (NCO); it is also in ECO B.

Unless there is an improvement for Black, the whole line with 13..b5 is called into question.

Sep-09-16  andrea volponi: 17Dh2!

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