Can surprises in chess be good?
Sure, as long as you don’t take them too far.
In the 2015 Norway Chess tournament, the current world number four, Anish Giri, made an unusual move early to try to run over his opponent, Jon Ludvig Hammer.
Learn how Hammer was able to stop the Dutchman’s idea in this video lesson from Hammer himself. | Watch video
GM Maxim Dlugy is back with another blitz opening to add to your arsenal.
While the Leningrad Dutch is considered positionally suspect by some players, it’s a perfect opening for blitz, because White has to spend considerable time calculating how to prove any advantage tactically.
Learn how some of the best players in the world use this opening as a weapon. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland continues his battle with the Dutch legend Jan Timman in the Tata Steel super tournament.
Picking right up where he left off in the late middlegame, GM Shankland explains his thinking in a truly wild position, filled with sharp attacking ideas.
See if you can spot an unbelievable move that both of the grandmasters missed late in the game.
You don’t want to miss the ending of this extremely complicated tactical slugfest. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland faces off with the legendary Dutch grandmaster Jan Tinman on his home turf in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.
After starting the Tata Steel challengers tournament with three draws, Shankland is in the mood to mix things up in this hard-fought French Winawer.
GM Shankland takes you move-by-move through the opening and early middlegame of this instructive tilt. | Watch video
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 some some early move order questions you must answer, but you're now ready to go Dutch! | Watch video