Dutch Defense

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The Dutch Defense 1. d4 f5 is an attempt to create an imbalance in the position on move one and prepare for a King-side attack by Black. Most common variations are The Classical: 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 (and a later d6); The Stonewall: 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 d5; and The Leningrad 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 g6 with play much like the Kings Indian Defense without having to manouver the Knight to get the f-pawn to f5. Sometimes White avoids the fianchetto and plays e3 and Bd3, though these are less common at higher levels. A number of move 2 tricks have been employed by White to gum up Black's desired setup: 2. e4 (Staunton Gambit); 2. Bg5; and 2. Nc3.


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #1


    am i the only commenter? im the 1st one......

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #2


    learning the opening with no variations is not good. if you want to use this opening well study its book openings

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #3



    I agree with having to know some variations bit the most important thing is the main idea.  I don't think it's important to know every single variation in the book so long as you know a few and the main idea.  You can't have one without the other.  Laughing

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #4


    Variation? How about a beautiful mate for white!?

    I wanted to execute the trap discussed in our "Fools Mate" article:

    "There is, for instance, a well-known trap in the Dutch Defence which occurred in 1896 between Frank Melville Teed and Eugene Delmar that runs 1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bf4 g5 4.Bg3 f4; it seems that Black has won the bishop, but now comes 5.e3 (threatening Qh5#, the basic Fool's mate idea) 5...h5 6.Bd3?! (6.Be2 is probably better, but this move sets a trap) 6...Rh6? (defending against Bg6#, but...) 7.Qxh5+! Rxh5 8.Bg6 ..."

    As you can see, even though the book line didn't play out, my understanding of the simple mechanics allowed me to alter my line and mate in nine :)

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #5


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