The Classical Dutch: White Avoids Fianchettoing, The London System
Hello all! This blog will look at the classical dutch from black's perspective. In this post I will look at a recent game that I played where white did not fianchetto and played The London System. I have been seeing this more and more so I thought I would go back to my favorite author, GM Simon WIlliams, and see what he has to say.
Basic points I want to remember:
-Black has two main pawn breaks
- Concentrate playing the e5 advance
- b6 and Bb7 is not recommended since the bishop on f4 gains strength.
- g6 and Bg7 is recommended as it secures f4 and the bishop supports e5
- if 4.e3 than black must be careful about Bc4 ideas and g6 may be preferable
- if 4.c3 than black doesn't have to worry so much about playing d6 since Bc4 will take longer
So here is the game. I put it through the quick analysis feature on chess.com and was surprised that we both played well, at least it said our moves were excellent or good with only one inaccuracy by white.
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