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If White starts with 1.d4 (Which I think he must or else be forced to transpose to something completely different ) he can still have the option of playing a Colle-Zukertort against d6/g6 setups.
I prefer 1.f4 because depending on how Black responds, it seems more likely to be able to set up a Stonewall.
Question, if Black plays 1...d6 to f4 and tries to fianchetto the King Bishop to g7, can white transpose to KID-4 pawn attack without a problem and is this advantageous? I've also tried 2. e4 to 1...d6, and Black has replied with 2...e5 and after 3. Nf3 exf4 we've transposed into the King's Gambit, or should I play 3. fxe5?
3.fe5?? Qh4+ is not such a nice way to lose immediately.
After 1.f4 d6 2.e4 Black can play 2...d5 and 2...Nf6 3.Nc3 d5, 2...c5 , 2...g6 aiming for Pirc/modern and all kinds of stuff. You may not get the type of game you want after moves like that.
Here is a Blitz game I played today using the Stonewall where Black fianchetto's the Light Squared Bishop and goes long. I found the ending interesting because there is a supposed Forced Mate in 16 which is the longest I've ever seen occur for me in a game, but fortunately Black obliged and made it a Mate in 2.
Okay, so what if Black had played 23...Kb8 which is what I expected? In my computer analysis, it says there is a forced mate from here in 16 moves. I'm not even going to try to pretend that I saw this beforehand when I played Qc3 although I might have discovered it in the course of chasing the Black King, but would have probably grabbed the free material before seeing the forcing combination. See if you can find it. I think this it is forced, but my comp analysis is Chessmater 8000.
Nice game, you managed to maintain the basic Stonewall formation & principles against a very different defence. I'm wondering how it would have gone if on move 8 he played BxB. If he knew the Stonewall like we do he would have understood how important the light squared Bishop is. I would have swapped it off leaving the dark squared one which is always a problem unless you reach and end game or very open position.
I think the computer is correct, it seems to be a forced mate although most people (me anyway) would have been happy to mop up material &/or force the pawn home on a6
Okay, so I've been using the Stonewall for some time now. It seems, whenever Black replies with a d5/e6 pawn set-up without developing the LSB to f5/g4 or at a6, White has chances to attack on the Kingside, and if things get dicey, force a perpetual check of some sort if the sacrificial attack doesn't pan out. On d6/g6/Bg7 set-ups, I've been transposing to either the 4-pawn KID or Robatsch set up (d4/e4/f4/Nc3/Nf3) and have done okay.
However, whenever I play the computer, it brings me down to reality. I start 1. f4, so sometimes I see From's gambit, and have been trying to learn more about that opening.
But there's a line the computer plays I'm really struggling with in the 1....d5 variation. It involves not moving the e pawn at all, exchanging c5 for d4 early, Qb6 early or even Qd6,developing an early Nf6-e4 into the hole, and pushing the h-pawn h7-h5-h4, and avoiding castling. Any suggestions for how to tackle this line.
The stonewall can be effective against 1...d5 slav or qgd players. But if Black hasn't played an early ...d5 early on it's pretty much useless and also against the king bishop fianchetto positions of black it's tough to do much.
I hate playing the Stonewall against computers. It had a bit of a reputation as a difficult opening for computers a few years back but now I find its very difficult to play a computer compared to OTB. The dammed thing does all the wrong moves & then uses its prodigious calculating power to make me look like an idiot for even attempting it.
Can you post an example or 2, it may be worth putting a few heads together & learning a bit more about it?
I will have to try to make it through a computer game without quitting. Frustrates me so much. If the comp expects any passivity in the set-up, it goes in for the kill.
Human-wise, I'm learning that it seems to be a decent drawing line in many situations if Black doesn't let the attack come through, and against higher rated players, I'm ok with that. I'll sack what I need to and take the draw.
Here's a win from last night in Standard. The attack was fizzled, and I pretty much had to play for a draw, but Black allowed me winning chances. Some things I've noticed is that when Black gives up his LSB early, I try to break through with e4/f5 pawn pushes.
Nice game, its interesting how you transpose to a Stonewall, the e4 push solves the DSB problem nicely which gives compensation for not getting the Knight outpost on e5. Also it gets the rooks connected which can be a problem in the line I play.
I played a couple of computer games last night, very frustrating, if I play an easy level of difficulty it attacks with its King in the centre & I play other lines & wipe it out & if I raise the difficulty level it seems to thwart the attack at every move with pure calculating power.
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