Generating An Attack#1 - Breaking through with the Dutch
Hello, welcome to another series!
This series is intended for the intermediate player, in other words, I have included content of around my own playing level, but you may be interested in the various scenarios, even if you are well accustomed to the ideas I present if you are of a higher level. And often higher rated players gain their rating by being consistent, which is something that I aspire to becoming. This series will be primarily based on the London system, the French, and the Dutch, which is what we are here to discuss now. So what are the similarities between the London and the Dutch?
To be honest, they are rather different. In terms of similarities, I can say that oftentimes in the London, you land a knight on e5, and in the Dutch you do similar, by swapping off your knight on e4, which is the black equivalent of e5. However, even the reason for doing this is different. In the Dutch, it is to give your remaining pieces more room to maneouver, whereas in the London it is perhaps to get a strong pawn on e5 (if ever that knight is captured), or it is to support a kingside pawn storm, amongst other ideas...The differences between these openings are obvious. The London is a solid system opening, for the lazy player, while the Dutch can be sharper than a sharp dragon, after it has sharpened it`s claws on a sharpening stone.
Well, to be honest, the only real reason why I am including both openings in my series, is because they are the only two openings I know quite well, against e4, I blag a French or a Sicilian...They both form my repertiore, and that is why I am writing about them - is it not better to know a couple of openings well, than know many poorly?
In the game below, which is a daily game I have analysed, my opponent found themself in a position near to zugzwang, when they allowed me to play e5 and f4. After these two moves, the center was locked down, and they ran out of breaks. I mean, they could try to push their B-pawn up the board, but this plan is too slow, when I can break through on the kingside. My general recommendation, is that when the position becomes closed in the Dutch, especially with the moves e5 and f4 for black, you will often do well, by advancing Harry (the H pawn) and Garry (the G pawn).
Before I get on to the game in question, I want to show you the basic pawn structure, to illustrate my ideas: