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Milos Perunovic vs Dragoljub Velimirovic
"What a Drag it is Getting Old" (game of the day Nov-22-2009)
Serbian Team Championship (2006), Zlatibor SCG, rd 6, Aug-31
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Early deviations (B75)  ·  0-1



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Dec-16-06  belgradegambit: The 64 yo Velimirovic can still bring it. The old move 7....a6 has become surprisingly popular. Note how Black uses prophylaxis with Qc7 and Ra7. After 21...Bc2, 22 BxB runs into Rc8 and its all over. I think White missed 31 Resigns. Also if you are the champion of Serbia like Perunovic and have White against Velimirovic why not try a closed Sicilian. I mean why get into a tactical slugfest with this guy?
Dec-23-06  alicefujimori: This is the so-called "Dragadorf" (named by GM Chris Ward) and this is one of two variations in the dragon that has become quite popular lately. The other popular variation is the Chinese Dragon where black plays into a Yugoslav and plays Rb8 and b5. As the name "Dragadorf" implies, it is a variation that combines both the Najdorf variation and and Dragon variation. Moves like b5, e5, b4, a5-a4 in the game are all typical Najdorf counterattacking ideas against the English Attack in the Najdorf.

As for the game, I think 10.Bh6 was premature as evident in the game because the white queen was misplaced on h6 and after that black quickly build up a strong attack with gain of tempo. So 10.g4 or 10.h4 seems to be a better choice. Even 10.Kb1 (typical white move in many Yugoslav attack) is worth consideration.

Nov-22-09  weary willy: Things are different today, I hear every GM say
They just don't appreciate the old h4 attacks ...
Nov-22-09  belgradegambit: Chessgames used one of my puns again! I used another 60s rock-and-roll pun for Velimirovic here Velimirovic vs Sofrevski, 1965
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  Gilmoy: <belgradegambit: After 21...Bc2, 22 BxB runs into Rc8 and [it's] all over.> Yes, 23.Kd2[] (any other move to defend Bc2 allows 23..Ra8#) Qxc2+ 24.Ke3 Ra3+ 25.bxa3 Rc3+ and mate next. Velimirovic: <That's why I played 11..e5!>
Nov-22-09  Starf1re: 18) f4 is weak. Better was hxg6. 20)axb3 is an AWFUL blunder, after 20)bd3 black has an advantage of only -.4, after axb3 -4.
Nov-22-09  WhiteRook48: 20 Rd2 maybe
Nov-22-09  Starf1re: 20) rd2?? bxa2, mate threat on next move. After bd3 if bxa2 21)f6 and black queens but white mates!
Nov-22-09  Confuse: 24. f6? I can't see how black can get anything better then a perpetual draw out of it, can someone show me a winning line for black? please : )
Nov-22-09  YouRang: Yeah, it looks like 20.axb3 lost it for white, and the rest of the game was black proving (successfully) that it was lost.

Position for white's 22nd move:

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It's important that 20.Bd3 be played now rather than on move 21, as it was in the game.

Why? Because it prevents black from creating a more imminent mate threat than white's imminent mate threat (21.f6).

Consequently, it forces black to deal with white's mate threat: 20.Bd3 f6 and then white regains the piece 21.fxe6.

Black might be tempted to go for the queen-promotion-with-check, but it would lose: 20.Bd3 bxa2? 21.f6 a1=Q+ 22.Kd2 Qxc3+ 23.bxc3 Qxc3+ 24.Ke2 Bg4 25.Kf1 .

Nov-23-09  RandomVisitor: After 12.g4!

1: Milos Perunovic - Dragoljub Velimirovic, Serbian Team Championship 2006

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Analysis by Rybka 3 :

<[+0.74] d=18 10...Bd7> 11.h4 Nc6 12.h5 Rc8 13.Kb1 Ne5 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.exd5 Qc7 16.Qh2 Nxf3 17.Nxf3 Bxg4 18.hxg6 h5 19.gxf7+ Rxf7 20.Ng5 Bxd1 21.Bd3 Bg4 22.Nxf7 Kxf7 23.Qf4+ Bf6 24.Bd4 Qd8 00:08:21 83773kN

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  kevin86: What happened? Fid white miss the time limit?
Nov-23-09  Confuse: Anyone? 24. f6 by white instead of exd4; is this move winning/drawing at least? I need help : (
Nov-25-09  belgradegambit: If 24. f6? then Qc4+ wins quickly as the king must go kingside to avoid mate and Black picks off the unguarded e and then the f pawn.

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