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Nino Maisuradze vs Mariya Muzychuk
European Team Championship (Women) (2013), Warsaw POL, rd 3, Nov-10
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation (A84)  ·  0-1



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  Domdaniel: Black plays ...f5, with both ...e6 (Classical Dutch or Iljin-Zhenevsky) and ...g6 (Leningrad). This is the Muzychuk or Christmas Tree Variation.

It's a nice transpositional idea, which ensures that the three main lines of the Dutch (Classical, Stonewall, Leningrad) are interchangeable.

Mar-11-16  SimplicityRichard: <Domdaniel>

I used to play in exactly this fashion having played all these Dutch variations. But after investing quite some time in the Dutch, I was put off by anti-Dutch lines which I had to master. And at the time, I had began to amass a string of wins with the King's Indian Defence which uses a delayed ...f5! pawn thrust. Moreover, there was a great deal of GM talk regarding the Dutch as suspect.

Well after abandoning the Dutch, I have eyed it romantically ever since especially when I see wins such as the game in discussion, and with Carlsen and Simon Williams employing it with devastating effect. The conclusion is simple: I may re-visit this system.

I have analysed the game above and find no weaknesses in Black's position. So much for the maligned Dutch Defence. It seems perfectly playable.#

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