Mastery: Openings

The Classical Dutch

The Classical Dutch

Join GM Simon Williams as he demonstrates one of his favorite openings, the rare and deadly Classical Dutch. Simon teaches by demonstrating his own games against top Grandmasters Follow along and learn how Simon scored upsets against the world's best.

  • Classical Dutch - Part 1

    If you only watch one video on the Dutch, it must be this one! GM Ginger, the author of books on the opening, shows you the main points in this introductory video. Watch him discuss the pawn structures and attacking formations while he flashes some tactics. Beating a 2700 is as simple as "throwing your bits at him." Now go chuck your army at the king and beat a Super-GM - let us know in the comments who you took down!

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Classical Dutch - Part 2

    GM Simon Williams, one of the most frequent practitioners of the Dutch Defense, shows why it isn't the opening's fault that he is 0-3 against GM Alexei Shirov. Today the plan of ...Ne4 and the importance of ...e5 are spotlighted. You'll learn some of the attacking themes to use and pawn structures to avoid. After the opening lesson, you also get to see Shirov light the board on fire with a textbook exchange sac. You don't want to miss this one!

    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Classical Dutch - Part 3

    The English and the Americans, brought together by the Dutch?! That's the case today on Chess.com as GM Williams prepares with two poker players and flops the nuts versus a top GM. The scintillating attack features some great moments to improve your tactics and calculation. We won't be paying Williams to do any videos on defense any time soon, but he's brilliant in attack, and today he shows you why aggression should be your default setting. See what he turns over on the river to win the pot!

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Classical Dutch - Part 4

    What's better than beating a world-class GM? How about having him congratulate you afterward! Watch GM Simon Williams show no fear by playing the Classical Dutch against GM Boris Gelfand (OK, he was quite nervous). Today you'll see why an early ...a5 is the suggested antidote to an early b4. The Stonewall pawn structure is also recommended, but that trademark kingside attack is still ready to be unleashed!

    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Classical Dutch - Part 5

    The final chapter in the Dutch Defense covers various other responses, including what to do when White fails to fianchetto. The Ginger GM also shows a model game where Black accomplishes the thematic ...e5 and gets an impressive pawn duo on the 5th rank. Watch how Black's latent queenside development comes alive and gives him great play. You'll also have some early move order questions you must answer, but you're now ready to fight with the Dutch!

    • 19 min
    • 5 challenges
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