Do You Know Your Opening's Main Ideas?: The Classical Dutch Defense
I've had many a student suggest that they want to change their opening repetoire. They usually state some reason such as: "it's just not my style". When I was a new teacher I'd go along with their request and teach them about this new opening they wanted to play.
After awhile of doing this, I realized my students were switching openings at an alarming rate! I began to actually delve into why they thought their opening was not to their liking. Usually I found they had lost a bad game or 2 or at most 3. Not only that, they lost to things that would be easily corrected if they knew the main ideas of their openings.
Ideally, before you give up on an opening, you should play 20 serious (at least 15 minutes games; blitz/bullet do not count!) in the opening. Also before you play these 20 games you should know the main ideas of your openings. The reason you should know the main ideas and play 20 games is that unfortunately you will stink at new openings (no matter what it is) until you give yourself a fighting chance; which is what the 20 games does. Let's say you do actually play 20 serious games and you find that a certain opening is just not to your liking. Then you switch to a new one, you can use the ideas, strategems, tactics, experience you gained from the 20 games to do well in your new opening! You may even realize that you want to switch back!
We will go over some of the main ideas of the Classical Dutch Defense. Do you know your opening's main ideas to this depth?!
Classical Dutch Main Line
I love the following game and it shows off many ideas in the Classical Dutch Main Line. Try to find such games in the openings you play. It will do wonders for your handling of that opening!