Dutch draw

Feb 11, 2014, 6:08 AM |

Drew with white against after weak opening play from black.  My blunders are pretty instructive.

  • f4 resembles a double stonewall, but unless Bxf6, ...Bxf6 after black castles this doesn't make much sense.
  • There are too many holes in white's position to entertain o-o-o.  It gives black many ready-made plans (e.g. c5).
  • Black should have castled immediately and drummed up an attack on the queenside.
  • White gains a positional edge later in the game, but oversimplifies and locks the pawn structure.  A single superior minor piece is not always enough to win a game.