Kindred’s Special: A Revisit with the lost and long forgotten Dragon Queen

Over 50-years ago the Ukrainian bears, famous grandmasters Gufeld and Stein discovered a new interesting defense in the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense.

1. e4  c5  2. Nf3  d6  3. d4  c:d4  4. N:d4  Nf6  5. Nc3  g6  6. Be3  Bg7 7. f3  Nc6  8. Qd2  O-O 9. Bc4  Bd7  10. O-O-O.

Alternative tries at this point exist mainly in 10. Bb3 (Fischer) and 10. h4.  Here we lay aside both to look at castles which often saw 10….Qa5 inorder to hurry the Rc8 to half-open file.

It was here that the Ukrainian pair probably thought, “What’s wrong with the sharp play to get the a & b pawn into an early counterattack?”  We witness out of the archives of history such ideas being born.  Sadly, the whole idea was set back due to heavy analysis by the host of Soviet Grandmasters and others across the world from amateur to the top of the chessworld.  Still, the whole of it bears fruit because the idea of …Qb8 allows the heavy pieces quickly to the Q-side where the White King resides.  On the b8 square, the Queen will not be harassed by White’s Knight sortie to b3.

It was soon determined that four ideas for White were; 11. g4 / h4 / Bb3 / Nd5.

Postalite Gary Reynolds thought  Black is well prepared for battle against 11. g4 with 11. …a5!  12. Nd5 best but not 12. h4 b5! Then, 12…N:d5 13. B:d5 Nb4 14. a3 e6 15.a:b4  a:b or, if 14. Kb1 Bc6 with good play. What happens on 12. g5 Nh5 13. Nd5 Qd8 14. N:c6 b:c6 15. Bb6 Rb8 16. B:d8 B:d2+ 17. Kb1 Bc3+ 18. Bb3 B:d2 19. N;e7+ Kg7 20. R:d2 Rf:d8 21. R:d6 Kf8 looks okay for Black.

Supposing White tries to block up the a-pawn advance with 12. a4 but it seems like Black pieces begin to find activity. 12…Rfc8  13. Qe2 Ne5 14. Bb3 R:c3!! A sharp tactic familiar with Dragon players. 15. b:c3 Qc7 16. Bd2 Rc8 17. Rhf1 Qc5  18. Nb5 Nc4  19. Q:c4 Desiring a trade of Queens because of the threat …B:b4! > Qa3+. 19..Q:c4 20. B:c4 R:c4  21. Kb2 R:a4 22. Nd4  Rc4  23. Ra1 a4 With bind on the position, White finds the Exchange rather useless as Pawns are shattered which makes Black very happy!

Well! All you chess nuts out there who share this sizzling game play, I have hopefully stimulated your curiosity to see more but enough for now.

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