Playing Against the Dutch

NM RobKing
Feb 8, 2010, 9:57 AM |
Here's a game I played against a strong member of my club. I knew to expect a version of the Dutch and I had prepared some lines involved in attacking with h4-h5.
I thought that I would be able to rip through and score a quick point with an attack, but while playing I saw that trading into an endgame with my Knight vs a slightly bad bishop would be beneficial to me. I don't think I assesed the endgame accurately enough after 10. Bf4 and I'm still unsure about my f4 push.
The idea behind it was to get my pawns off light squares and try and blunt his semi-open files and if he took enpassant then I would have the potential to create a passed pawn in the future by pushing the e and f pawns, coupled with a timely h5 push. I think had he played Bg4! then I may have had a very difficult time. I think he also missed a few d4 pushes at key moments. Overall I think I played a pretty strong game and placed him under enough pressure to blunder with Kb7.
I think that I am starting to prove that I atleast a 1900 strength player. My goal is to reach 2000 within the next year to year and a half.