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Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6 (A89)
1 d4 f5 2 c4 Nf6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 Nf3 O-O 6 O-O d6
7 Nc3 Nc6

Number of games in database: 755
Years covered: 1931 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 39.6%
   Black wins 29.3%
   Draws 31.1%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Petr Haba  5 games
Alexander Baburin  4 games
Mathias Roeder  3 games
Milan Matulovic  15 games
Kevin Spraggett  10 games
Ferdinand Strobel  9 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Carlsen vs D Rylander, 2003
Keres vs Korchnoi, 1952
Bacrot vs R Mamedov, 2014
R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007
I Farago vs P Poutiainen, 1975
Benko vs Tal, 1959
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 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 755  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I A Horowitz vs B Kostic  ½-½28 1931 Prague ol (Men)A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
2. Fine vs J A Seitz 1-066 1934 SyracuseA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
3. Keres vs Korchnoi 1-022 1952 USSR ChampionshipA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
4. T Ciejka vs A Kwilecki  1-036 1953 KrakowA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
5. H Kramer vs Euwe  ½-½24 1953 BeverwijkA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
6. Tartakower vs C H Alexander  ½-½44 1953 Hastings 1953/54A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
7. H Koskinen vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½49 1954 PragueA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
8. K Plater vs A Kwilecki  0-136 1954 LodzA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
9. M Cuellar Gacharna vs C H Alexander  1-045 1954 AmsterdamA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
10. O Benkner vs D Parliaros  1-034 1954 AmsterdamA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
11. B P Reilly vs D Parliaros  1-035 1954 AmsterdamA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
12. G Kluger vs B Sandor ½-½77 1954 BudapestA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
13. T Gniot vs Doda  1-059 1955 WroclawA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
14. Sokolsky vs S Pimenov  ½-½41 1955 YerevanA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
15. R Toran Albero vs B De Greiff  1-034 1955 Mar del PlataA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
16. R Llorens vs E Joppen  0-157 1955 LuxembourgA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
17. B Voronkov vs J Yuchtman  ½-½42 1956 Tbilisi f-USSR chA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
18. Portisch vs E Haag  ½-½43 1956 BudapestA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
19. A Ingerslev vs Milner-Barry  1-027 1956 MoscowA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
20. Bisguier vs C F Tears 1-026 1956 57th US OpenA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
21. R H Newman vs W Heidenfeld 0-148 1956 PaigntonA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
22. R Toran Albero vs Larsen 0-155 1956 Hastings 1956/57A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
23. M Roos vs G Javelle  1-031 1957 FRA-ch22 corrA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
24. V Bykov vs Tolush  1-048 1957 LeningradA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
25. K Darga vs R Toran Albero  ½-½20 1957 MadridA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-08-04  Giancarlo: This has to be one of the most solid lines for Black.

White wins 39.3%
Black wins 29.5%
Draws 31.2%

Sep-09-04  Giancarlo: Also, this line is the only one Black can be forced to play. White can decline all others with:

1.d4 f5 2.Bg5
(2..h6 3.Bh4! g5 4.Bg3 f4? 5.e3!)
(2..nf6 3.Bxf6 D'UH)
Therefore to safely play 2..nf6 Black must go with the Leningrad system.

Nov-08-04  SicilianDragon: While the statistics after 7...Nc6 may look solid, don't be fooled, White has several strong continuations involving an early c5 after 8. d5 Na5 9. Qa4 c5 10. dxc6 bxc6 11. c5! and after 8...Ne5 9. Nxe5 dxe5 10. c5.

In addition, Black is not forced to enter the Leningrad after 1. d4 f5 2. Bg5 as both 2...h6 and 2...d5 are playable continuations, even if 2...g6 is the most popular.

Jan-04-05  Poisonpawns: <SicilianDragon> you are right,Gelfand vs Topalov, 1994 this is the main game with the early 11.c5 you spoke of.
Jul-09-05  Giancarlo: White wins 37.4%
Black wins 30.8%
Draws 31.8%

Overwhelming for Black in a sense.
Viva Dutch :-)

Feb-07-14  MarkFinan: I'm having big big problems as white in this opening against my engine on a setting that I can usually churn out draws with at the very least.


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Whether I play NxN, e4 or Qb3, I always seem to be unable to defend against that fianchettoed Bishop on h7 and the pressure it puts on the knight on c3 and b2 pawn!! I've been playing the Pirc as black (when I actually play with black andhhave the chance!) but I might switch to this because it can really cause players of my strength, and no doubt above my strength, real problems. 😃

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