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Miloslav Borgula vs Tamaz Gelashvili
Bratislava op (1993), rd 4
Rat Defense: See also: Modern Defense (for lines with ...g6) (A41)  ·  0-1



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Apr-29-20  jerseybob: Very pretty and instructive how black beats back the attack. A sound position should always have resources.
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  fredthebear: Another fianchetto opening mislabel.

This is an obvious transposal to the Dutch Leningrad Defense: Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation (A87)

Apr-29-20  jerseybob: Yes, as a Leningrad fan my eyes lit up at 2..f5
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  fredthebear: Many Dutch Defense players start 1...d6 which avoids certain White gambits, prepared to transpose to a Pirc/Robatsch Defense, modern Philidor Defense, Nbd7 Lion Defense, etc. if White responds with 2.e4 instead of 2.c4. Since the defender already had this prepared to face 1.e4, it's no extra work.

There are Black repertoire books available that suggest playing 1...d6 against any White opening. Here's an example:

Yes, the Rat Defense begins 1...d6, when ...e5 is likely (perhaps ...g6, ...c6 or ...c5,) but ...f5 enters the Dutch, Leningrad Variation.

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