Stonewall Attack (Part 2)

Mar 29, 2011, 5:49 PM |


Welcome back, all, to my second piece of the six-part series of the Stonewall Attack. This is where the fun begins. No more personal garbage, time to start!! STONEWALL!!!!!!!!!!!! Heh-heh (Everyday I go to the main chat on live chess to shout this lol by doing this everyone will notice and start to wonder what the heck is with the shouts). 







I figure this may be a bit necessary. By continuing, you might get easily bored if you don't have the appropriate attitude, but otherwise, you're in for some "casual" chess talk.



Though the Stonewall is considered as an opening for many people, it truthfully isn't. It's more like a system, because no matter how black chooses to defend it, it is still a Stonewall. This is the best part, since mos of the time while playing other openings, your opponent might get really off radar of what you have planned. Same goes for the Stonewall, but it's still a Stonewall just for white. Basically, stonewall is a powerful pawn formation on dark squares, which are the following: d4, e3, f4, and c3. Usually, a bishop is planted on the d3 square for an excellent post. Other moves will also take place, too. If you have trouble following notation, no worries. I'll be posting visual aids along the way.


Basically, this is the Stonewall. But if you go onto Wikipedia and try to only study it from there, then you'll only fail because this is not really correct. Knight moves are blended in with the pawn/bishop moves, so the normal Stonewall formation a bit longer to achieve. A knight will often be on the d2 square and very importantly, the the knight on g1 will move to the f3 square after f4 is pushed.


Here it is! Now it's time for me to explain the functions of the moves, so pay close attention. The knight on d2 is very important because it acts like "Horse repellent." As you can probably analyze, white's Stonewall has weaknesses (no duh, like no openings have no weaknesses). Clearly, e4 is very weak for white and black can drop in a knight in there, which can be SERIOUSLY annoying. You wouldn't like that would you? No, I bet you would've answered. So this is why Nd2 must be moved when your opponent has an anxious knight on f6. Have you heard of the saying, "No matter what, when you gain something, you lose something"? Well, the Nd2 move provides repellent for e4, but traps your bishop so it'll stay on c1 for most of the game. That, too, will suck if your oponent takes advantage of that. But no worries now, as I am covering the basics. 


The pawns on dark sqaures are very powerful and they are said to act like "mini bishops" because they are mini guardians of dark squares. I bet most of you are chuckling :)

White's bishop on d3 is very powerful since it has a long striking diagnol striking your opponent's kingside and some of your opponent's queenside, so it is a very valuable asset in attacks (as I will explain on part 2). 

I also think that the Stonewall is very excellent because of its solid defense. I almost never had difficulty defending. Most of the time, black's position will be awfully closed and cramped up while white has some more space to work with. Next entry, I will give examples of Stonewall games. Remember, if you have any questions regarding the Stonewall Attack, I'll try my best to answer them.


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