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Dutch Defense (A91)
1 d4 f5 2 c4 Nf6 3 g3 e6 4 Bg2 Be7

Number of games in database: 155
Years covered: 1880 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 38.1%
   Black wins 27.7%
   Draws 34.2%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Keith Arkell  3 games
 
 
Simon Kim Williams  14 games
Mikhail Botvinnik  6 games
Emmanuel Bricard  3 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951
D Fridman vs T Taylor, 2005
M Rolvag vs S Williams, 2009
A Greet vs S Williams, 2004
Golombek vs Stahlberg, 1952
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 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 155  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Max Weiss vs J N Berger  1-0401880GrazA91 Dutch Defense
2. J A Seitz vs Tarrasch  ½-½511923TriesteA91 Dutch Defense
3. A Schwartzman vs J Lynch  1-0401931Buenos AiresA91 Dutch Defense
4. Ahues vs W John  1-0421932Berlin-chA91 Dutch Defense
5. L Savitsky vs A Y Model  0-1401932Leningrad ChampionshipA91 Dutch Defense
6. Levenfish vs Riumin  ½-½291934LeningradA91 Dutch Defense
7. Capablanca vs Botvinnik ½-½401935Hastings 1934/35A91 Dutch Defense
8. Alekhine vs Almirall+3 players 1-0391935MadridA91 Dutch Defense
9. R Charlier vs R Flores Alvarez  ½-½301936Mar del Plata it-03A91 Dutch Defense
10. Alatortsev vs Konstantinopolsky  0-1311937URS-ch10A91 Dutch Defense
11. I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik 1-0621937Training GameA91 Dutch Defense
12. Stoltz vs Kashdan 0-17619377th olm finalA91 Dutch Defense
13. B Blumin vs J Fliegel  1-0481938ACF CongressA91 Dutch Defense
14. V Petrov vs Tartakower  1-0501939Buenos Aires OlympiadA91 Dutch Defense
15. A Seisdedos vs E Reed Valenzuela  1-0601945Vina del MarA91 Dutch Defense
16. C Hounie Fleurquin vs Guimard  0-1281946Mar del PlataA91 Dutch Defense
17. C Kottnauer vs T van den Tol 1-0371946Zaandam (Kottnauer Hexathlon)A91 Dutch Defense
18. J Wellner vs T van den Tol  ½-½381946NED-ch prelim IIA91 Dutch Defense
19. Najdorf vs Guimard ½-½281946BarcelonaA91 Dutch Defense
20. Vidmar vs V Tomovic  0-1591946YUG-chA91 Dutch Defense
21. G Fuster vs Gligoric  0-1291948BudapestA91 Dutch Defense
22. E Gereben vs Tartakower  ½-½281948BudapestA91 Dutch Defense
23. Reshevsky vs Botvinnik ½-½331948FIDE World Championship TournamentA91 Dutch Defense
24. Flohr vs Gligoric  ½-½251948Saltsj÷baden InterzonalA91 Dutch Defense
25. Euwe vs Opocensky ½-½321948VeniceA91 Dutch Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-18-06  who: As black I can never seem to develop my queen's bishop, nor do I really know what to do with my QN. Basically, I end up in a mess of a position.
Apr-18-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mating Net: <who> I totally understand where you're coming from. Those are two "problem" pieces for Black because they will almost always be the last ones developed. However, all is not lost.

The Bishop can come to life after pushing ...f4 or via recapturing a White pawn on f5.

The Knight can go to ...c6 to support the all important...e5 push. White will often play d5 to chase the Knight so you have to be ready to play ...Nb4, supported by a previous ...a5, to threaten the White Queen on c2 or ...Nd8, after a previous ...Qe8, where it can swing to the Kingside and join in the kingside attack.

J Gallagher vs S Williams, 2001 shows how Black made excellent use of his two "problem" pieces.

Nov-08-06  AbhinavAsthana: Can anyone give me the link to the site where this opening is explained nicely?
Nov-08-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: Well, a typical manaeuver with the c8 bishop in something like the stonewall is to d7, e8, and h5. If there is some piece on f3, you happily swap it off. The knight basically goes to d7 and sits there.
Apr-08-08  tranquil simplicity: Comrades...Is the Dutch a largely positional or largely a tactical opening?
Nov-06-09  OnlyBelieve: Well, it's dangerous. I'm going to say that it's more tactical, but still positional.
Nov-06-09  MaxxLange: Anyone here play the Classical Dutch? I have never once encountered a class Dutch player who uses anything but the Stonewall or Leningrad.
Nov-08-09  nescio: <MaxxLange> I can't say I really know the difference in move order between the classical Dutch and the Stonewall, but using <chessgames.com>'s classification I found Simon Kim Williams.

It seems he has played the formation ...f5,...e6,...d6 regularly: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Nov-08-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <tranquil simplicity: Comrades...Is the Dutch a largely positional or largely a tactical opening?>

I would say it is tactical and anti-positional - but a very interesting defence. I personally like it because black can get play on either/both sides of the board sometimes...strange to say a defence with a static pawn structure is flexible but in a way it is...

I guess four basic Dutch variations for black - Classical with ...e6, ...d6; Stonewall with ...e6, ...d5,...c6 (Old with ...Be7, New with ...Bd6); Leningrad with the KB fianchetto; Hort-Antoshin with ...d6,...c6 and a quick ...e5?

Hybrids such as a Stonewall with ...Nc6 instead of ...c6 are interesting.

The Hort-Antoshin, BTW, has been under a cloud a long time but there is a section on it in the latest (#11) Secrets of Opening Surprises. Also the new Win with the Stonewall Dutch by Johnsen/Bern.

Nov-08-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: I hate playing against this, becuase it is unusual, normal patterns don't seem as effective. If a stonewall appeaars, it can be very dangerous if you don't break up the pawn chain quickly.
Nov-09-09  Plato: Botvinnik gave it the Patriarch's seal of approval. Not to my taste for Black, but it does seem ultra-solid.
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