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I recently had a chance to spend some time working on one of my favourite openings - The Stonewall. This opening has always been one of my favourite choices for black against 1.d4, mainly because of it's solidity and strong potential. I even had the chance to prepare a training DVD about the line. As a result, I got a lot of questions regarding the Stonewall deviation lines white can play, making the Stonewall as white, etc. For this reason, I have decided to prepare a good 20-minute video lecture on some very common questions about the Stonewall and show how to use the opening to it's full potential. Enjoy!
If you want to follow the analysis attentively you should maximize the broadcast window: Click on the YouTube icon or "Full screen" on the bottom right.
I just recently came upon tiger's video, and ordered Schiller's book on the Modern Stonewall Dutch (I didn't see anything written more about this from Lilov). Quite disheartening, Schiller didn't cover these lines, instead, he concentrated on White playing either an early g3, or e3, and consequently, not offering anything along the lines of freeing White's dark-square B.
Sure thing. I will share my suggestions on f3 in the next video about Stonewall :)
I used to play the Stonewall a lot but I had a few problems with people playing f3 or f6 to prevent the knight hopping in. Are there any suggestions for that? I would like to adopt the Stonewall again because it is less mundane than the other d4 openings.
@romanenko: If white plays c4-c5, he releases the pressure against d5 and black can successfully prepare e6-e5 on a later stage.
@plutonia: The system with Bf4 is not as effective as you describe it and though it's popular, I have a very efficient line that gives black a perfect game and proves that white has nothing but an equal game. I hope to share it very soon!
Every time I hear a triumphant tone about a "secret" system/weapon I'm just skeptical.
A stonewall vs Bf4 and Nf3? Your bishop is trash, white has total control of e5, you don't have control of e4 (because white can eventually play f3). How is this better than like a hundrend fighting openings black can play?
My engine says this position is + over - and my database says that scores are about 52-26-22.
I would be happy to play this for white, instead of going against a Nimzo-Indian or a Grunfeld or a Slav.
What would happen if white were to push c5 early? Ie; around 02:40?
Awesome video! I'm definitely using this stonewall system as black in my next queen's pawn game. The reverse-stonewall idea for white is very intriguing. With this system, 1.d4, usually a quiet, solid game for white, suddenly opens an aggressive attack on black's kingside. I will have to experiment with this opening as well. Thank you for sharing these ideas!
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