Game Summary: Dragons are real and not just the Bruce Leeroys, Sean Connerys and Pixar kind. Never seeing one before how did I fair?
I was sitting at a park getting ready to tango with a pinata when I noticed a man in a tunic. The one man turned into two entire regiments of would be medieval warriors armed to the teeth with foam noodles and other pool time play accessories. As the soldiers marched past and headed into the woods for what I could only assume was an hour filled with heavy wheezing, nose snorts and foggy glasses. A thought arose as the parade of misfits came to an end where I wondered what would happen if they ever encountered a dragon. Chances are they would be right next to me pissing themselves and rambling off Hail Marys, but I would like to think maybe just someone would slay the dragon with the fun noodle and be declared nerd king for life.
And like any poorly written high school creative writing story I found myself foreshadowing my own fate. Walking peacefully down the road to 1400 I found myself taking a back alley and bumping into a dragon having freshly taken a line. Now I thought a dragon would be intimidating as it is but you slap that son of a gun on pure Colombian cocaine...All I am saying is you need to watch your step or you'll quickly find yourself being the teenage girl in an R. Kelly video.
Now I have never studied the dragon or the Sicilian really, only rarely do they pop up. I have taken this game as an opportunity to study the Hyper Accelerated dragon (or so I assume its called) so that I can further my chess knowledge and obtain my goal. And so the game went...
So unaware to me Qxd4 is actually a decently played sideline and the subsequent e5 push was the proper follow up move. Now I was facing Nc6 and had to find a square for my queen. Alot of options came to mind and even what is the "proper" square of Qa4 but i figured the Ruy Lopez like "pin" was my amateur mind getting the best of me as the next most played option of Qf4. So instead of going with my gut I decided to keep my queen in the center where she "belongs" which is just terrible for white.
I took this in for a minute. Backing up only forces me into losing my pawn. Trading off on d7 didn't really seem to do much. However I took a look at the position and saw that I had decent enough one. His pawns were not looking great and king safety was surely going to be an issue. Now a few things I have learned in the articles I read and the videos I watch and that is king safety not so much an issue if there is no pieces to worry about. So I opted to trade off my pawn, bring back my bishop and leave him with a weakened queen side and an awkward king side.
My last few moves I felt were not so much forced as I feel natural, save the horrible choice of where to plant my bishop. Now I need to find a way to get my pieces to come alive and find a true attack plan. From what I see in most games that come from this dragon is ALOT of queen side play and action and I see why. The king sides are locked down. So I looked over his pieces and saw the queen and rook on the same diagonal. A few knight moves and I can get a good attack if he just tries to retreat his king and if he prevents it then I just get some good development.
Now sadly my opponent blundered twice in a row, setting up my victory and I feel for him. It only takes a few mouse clicks to see where frustration has gotten the better of me as well. And so the game went...25 points to the goal to go and I'm sweating bullets hoping to get to the top.
1. Seems the Hyper accelerated dragon is an exciting line with oodles of dramatic play.
2. If something looks right and the only fault you can find is that you cant find a fault then chances are you should go with it.
3. Boffing is oddly somewhat well known in the Northwest. I blame Bill Gates.
4. Attacking a dragon? two handed weapon over a sword and shield. If this photo ain't enough to convince you then check out Reign of Fire...or does he get ate in that one????