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  1. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    01 Mar '07 05:13
    I just played the 25 5 game on ICC against a friend, and thought some might enjoy the nice attack. If you have any .pgn viewer or engine, just copy and paste this.

    [Event "ICC 25 5"]
    [Site "Internet Chess Club"]
    [Date "2007.02.28"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "June, Peter"]
    [Black "Rotella, Tony"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "B78"]
    [WhiteElo "1996"]
    [BlackElo "2165"]
    [PlyCount "46"]
    [EventDate "2007.??.??"]
    [TimeControl "1500+5"]

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 $5 {YES. Dragon time.} 6.
    Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4 {
    My favorite variation to play as Black ever.} Bd7 10. O-O-O Ne5 11. Bb3 Rc8 12.
    h4 h5 13. Rhe1 {I checked the online Chessbase DB, and there are no games with
    this variation, but it doesn't lose by force or anything. White pursues a
    central plan, normally with Bg5, looking to play e5 somehow.} Nc4 $5 $11 {
    13..Qa5!? is also good.} 14. Bxc4 Rxc4 15. Nb3 {
    Clearing the d-file (White has Bg5 and e5 on his mind) and stopping ..Qa5.} b5
    $1 (15... Qc7 $5 {The other move I looked at. I liked ..b5 first better,
    because I thought it was important to kick the knight as fast as possible.} 16.
    Bd4 Be6) 16. Bg5 b4 17. Nd5 $2 {It's easy to criticize this move, but White's
    other choices are quite poor as well. Opening the b1-h7 diagonal was probably
    a mistake.} (17. Ne2 Qc7 18. Kb1 Rc8 19. Rc1 a5 20. Nf4 e6 {
    Doesn't look fun for White either.}) 17... Nxd5 $17 18. exd5 Bf5 $1 {
    Not fearing anything landing on e7.} 19. Bxe7 $2 {
    19. Na1, while sad, may have been the only move.} (19. Na1 Qa5 20. Kb1 Rfc8 21.
    Re2 Bxb2 $3 22. Kxb2 Qa3+ 23. Kb1 b3 $3 24. Nxb3 Ra4 $19 {Amazing!}) 19... Qc7
    {Still winning, but even better was:} (19... Bxc2 $1 20. Bxd8 Bf5+ 21. Qc3 bxc3
    22. bxc3 Rxc3+ 23. Kb2 Rc2+ 24. Ka3 Bb2+ 25. Ka4 Bd7+ 26. Ka5 Bc3+ 27. Ka6 Bxe1
    28. Rxe1 Rxd8 29. Kxa7 Rxa2+ 30. Kb6 Rxg2 $19) 20. Na1 Rc8 21. Re2 Bc3 $3 {
    Fritz 5.32, which is the only engine on my computer right now, which comes
    with Chessbase 9, is absolutely boggled by this move. It gives White as
    winning, then equal, and finally sees white is losing after about a minute or
    two of thought.} 22. Qg5 (22. bxc3 bxc3 23. Qe3 Qa5 24. Rd3 Qxa2 25. Nb3 Bxd3
    26. cxd3 Qa3+ 27. Kc2 Rb4 28. Kd1 Qxb3+ 29. Rc2 Re8 $19) 22... Be5 23. Re4 $4 {
    A terrible blunder, but it really doesn't matter. The game was over already.}
    Rxc2+ {White resigns} 0-1
  2. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    01 Mar '07 12:14 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by !~TONY~!
    I checked the online Chessbase DB, and there are no games with
    this variation, but it doesn't lose by force or anything. White pursues a
    central plan, normally with Bg5, looking to play e5 somehow.
    It's been played before, 17 times according to my database. The last time was Owczarzak, J - Rutkowski, M, Lasker Memorial, 11th June 2006. It scores 53% so as you said, it's doesn't lose by force. I download the twic (www.chesscentre.com/twic) pgn file every fortnight to add to my database and that'll be where most of the games are from, and you can probably find most of the games in those if you dig around for a while. Most of the games are between players rated between 2,000 and 2,300.

    On the blacks 13th move you played Nc4, 13. ... Qa5 was played in the game I've mentionned and that was drawn. White won after 13. ... a5, and in all the other games 13. ... Nc4 was played.

    According to Crafty white should play 16. e5 to keep a slight edge, after 16. ... Bg5 it puts you in the ascendency. Crafty's response to 21. ...Bc3! is like Fritz's basically it's got to get past a move horizon.

    Good game.
  3. Standard member ivan2908
    SelfProclaimedTitler
    01 Mar '07 12:30
    I started to play dragon so I am interested. Baah, my Chesspad won't open this. Maybe due to annotantion between moves...
  4. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    01 Mar '07 13:33
    tony, your dragon games are converting me. it's just a pleasure to watch how easily your development goes. the pieces just seem to slide to nice places all by themselves. it looks so... effortless.
  5. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    01 Mar '07 18:48
    Originally posted by wormwood
    tony, your dragon games are converting me. it's just a pleasure to watch how easily your development goes. the pieces just seem to slide to nice places all by themselves. it looks so... effortless.
    I do what I can to support the cause.
  6. 01 Mar '07 19:07
    As Borat would say... Very nice!
  7. 01 Mar '07 20:16
    Originally posted by ChessJester
    As Borat would say... Very nice!
    User 266898
  8. 01 Mar '07 20:21 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by !~TONY~!
    I just played the 25 5 game on ICC against a friend, and thought some might enjoy the nice attack. If you have any .pgn viewer or engine, just copy and paste this.

    [Event "ICC 25 5"]
    [Site "Internet Chess Club"]
    [Date "2007.02.28"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "June, Peter"]
    [Black "Rotella, Tony"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "B78"]
    [WhiteElo "1996"]
    [BlackElo 't matter. The game was over already.}
    Rxc2+ {White resigns} 0-1
    Very nice game - but b5 is actually a blunder if white plays e5 - last comment was wrong, the problem is the thread of Nc5 after e5 dxe5 Nc5.
  9. Donation !~TONY~!
    1...c5!
    01 Mar '07 22:01
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    Very nice game - but b5 is actually a blunder if white plays e5 - last comment was wrong, the problem is the thread of Nc5 after e5 dxe5 Nc5.
    Ah Very true, I completely missed Nc5. I am so used to looking out for the Bg5xf6 business. Well, I guess ..Qc7 was clearly better than ..b5! *Mental Note*.