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Openings for Tactical Players: Dutch Defense

  • GM Gserper
  • | Jun 20, 2010
  • | 15620 views
  • | 30 comments

The Dutch Defense is one of those openings where Black doesn't hide his intentions and starts preparing a King's side attack from the very first moves. The Stonewall variation is one of the most positionally sound lines of the Dutch.  It is a well known rule that in most cases a strike in the center is the best response to an attack on the side of the board.  That's why before launching his attack Black closes the center. This line became very popular at some point thanks to numerous efforts of Mikhail Botvinnik.  Black's strategic plan is very simple.  First he places his pawns on the c6, d5, e6 and f5 squares (this formation resembles a wall and that's how the opening got its name).  Then the Black Knight goes to e4, the Queen goes to h5 via the e8 square and the Rook lift (Rf8-f6-h6) competes his dangerous attacking set up. The next game is a good example of how just one spark can lead to a fire in White's position.

(Just like in all my articles I give you a chance to test your attacking skills, so the games are given as a Quiz.  Please remember that you can always replay the whole game from the first move if you click "Solution" and then "Move list".)

 

 

An equally beautiful finish happened in the following game which got the name "the Polish Immortal".
The next Botvinnik's game is one of his classic wins on the Black side of the Dutch that made the opening popular worldwide.  Black conducted his attack very energetically!
The last game played by two modern GMs demonstrates that even today the Dutch Stonewall is a very dangerous weapon.
As you could see, the Dutch Stonewall is an extremely aggressive opening that has produced many chess brilliancies.  You might want to give it a try.  Who knows, maybe the next Dutch immortal game will be yours?
Good luck!

Comments


  • 4 years ago

    SgWerker

    Nice article. thx

  • 4 years ago

    Draebi

    I hope you or other masters at the chess.com site can do some videos on the Stonewall Dutch.  Also please cover attempts to play a gambit against 1...e6 and 2...f5.

  • 4 years ago

    chessmaster1704

    very nice defense (or lets say atack :) ) for black,but i wonder how would it work against white's 0-0-0 ?

  • 4 years ago

    ojb

    great article, I'll certainly give this a try, thankyou!

  • 4 years ago

    athalurijagadish

    that was a lovely article on Dutch defence.many thanks

  • 4 years ago

    sonty

    If we compare leningrad dutch and stonewall dutch, which is better? 

  • 4 years ago

    MrNimzoIndian

    Thanks for posting...

  • 4 years ago

    herbanmusic

    Thanks once again !

  • 4 years ago

    ModernCalvin

    I don't understand why the format of the article switches from week to week. One week a Black defense is featured and it shows White killing it. Next week a different defense is shown and Black wins all the games.

    In my opinion it makes more sense when an opening is featured, the appropriate color wins the games; unless you're doing back to back articles where you give both sides equal chances. But then it may not make sense to call it openings for tactical players if you showcase an extremely rocky and positional sound opening/defense.

  • 4 years ago

    rjthom5

    You can see the games from the start if you look at the move list.

  • 4 years ago

    ewanyengi

    Why not show the games from the start????

  • 4 years ago

    LavaRook

    Nice article and choice of games!!! The Dutch is really one of those openings where Black needs to be creative while attacking. Im studying this opening from both the white and black side at the moment since the Stonewall is one of those pawn structures that one really should know.

    And to SpaceOddity's comment, you are right about the more positional understanding for the Leningrad but the Stonewall DUtch should be learned first IMO since black may have to resort to this depending on the circumstances. (Such as if white plays an anti-Dutch like 2.Nc3)

  • 4 years ago

    Elubas

    I found it a bit odd for him to say that the stonewall is one of the most positionally sound setups, yet it counts on white to not know what's going on for a direct attack to be successfull. It is relatively sound but not when he just goes all out (unless white plays too many slow moves). He usually fianchettoes his bishop and stuff and thinks of even changing the central position a little bit.

    What I didn't like about playing the stonewall when I played it was that unlike say in a king's indian, black's chances on the k side aren't necessarily permenant. Although it's admittedly awkward for white at times, if black fully commits to the attack, and all of a sudden the e4 knight gets kicked by f3 and black doesn't have a good sac, his setup will just look silly. Also of course e5 is always something to worry about later on, and the eventual queenside buildup. Compare that to the KID. In most lines when white has played d5, the center stays totally blocked for a while, and black can attack all he wants, but in the stonewall, black always has to be worried about an eventual f3 idea and needs to land a quick blow before he runs into long term problems.

    With that said, the games were beautiful and white has to be careful (what I saw in a biased dutch book too! It made me think black was better in a stonewall! I think this article too is quite misleading), so sure it will get you wins, but I don't like openings that are more like one trick ponies when once the guy knows all of the tricks, it just loses all of it's power.

    Keep in mind, most of these games were when much theory on the stonewall wasn't established.

  • 4 years ago

    Glaedr

    Good pic lol!

  • 4 years ago

    KARAPIPERIS

    HEY THESE ARE ALL GOOD!!!       BUT DON'T YOU THINK THAT Nh3 LINES GIVE WHITE A VERY FAVOURABLE GAME???      I DON'T CONSIDER THIS OPENING DANGEROUS FOR WHITE!!!!    IT IS HARMLESS WITH Nh3......

  • 4 years ago

    ApacheQ

    Amol: White can defend with Rxg7 , Qxg7 or Kxg7,  Rg1

  • 4 years ago

    Baldvin

    Amol: That must have felt like a kick in the groin :)

  • 4 years ago

    kitifolen

    BRILLIANT ARTICLE, LOVELY GAMES......

  • 4 years ago

    chessnok

    24 RXd7 e3?  25 Rxg7

  • 4 years ago

    amol1987

    in the game Rabinovich, Ilya Leontievich vs. Botvinnik, Mikhail

    24. Rxd7  e3!!

    gives much faster and easy win

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