I have been trying to learn the Sicilian Accelerated Dragon, and one of the tougher variations is the Maroczy Bind with Nc2. I've been using IM Andrew Greet's Starting Out: The Accelerated Dragon
, and one of his "side" recommendations is the less-analyzed ...Be6 variation.
I have used that move in the "regular" Dragon, and I figured it was worth a try.
I haven't run the game through a computer or anything, but here's what I think happened: I think I came close to dynamic equality out of the opening. In the "teens" moves, we both were shuffling our pieces around a bit, feeling about for a plan (at least I was, and I need to go back to see if I had a better plan).
If you look at the pgn, you can tell how much shuffling was going on, as a good number of moves have to use the starting square notation to show which piece is moving!
I was fumbling around a bit, looking for a way to trade a piece and relieve the position a bit. My opponent (a pretty good player, I should add!) was wise to me, and stymied my efforts.
I think the change came when he retreated his light-squared bishop to f1, and I was able to plant a piece on the g4 square. After that, my pieces started to hover in the vicinity of his king, and the "combo alarms" started flashing- especially with the bishop on f1 and the rook on e1, as f2 was very weak.
I didn't see everything, but I saw that I would have a smothered mate shot after ...Nxb3, so I went for it.
My opponent is a good player, and I thought this was his time to win when he played the Nc2 variation, but I got lucky!