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Frederick Rhine vs NN
Internet blitz (2020) (blitz),, Mar-22
Dutch Defense: Korchnoi Attack (A80)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: Mama Told Me There'd Be Days Like This...
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  FSR: <keypusher> Indeed. 2.h3 was "introduced" in Korchnoi vs H Kaenel, 1979. But it had already been played 140 years before in Mayet vs Von der Lasa, 1839. Nothing new under the sun and all that. Von der Lasa, unlike Korchnoi's opponent, found the best response 2...Nf6 3.g4 d5! and went on to win. Staunton also recommended that line in the "The Chess-Player's Handbook" (1857). After Korchnoi-Kaenel, modern players also figured this out. E.g., Christiansen and Silman, The Dutch Defense (1989), p. 144.

The main virtue of 2.h3, it seems to me, is setting up the trap 3...hxg4?! 4.hxg4 Nxg4 5.Qd3 Nf6?? 6.Rxh7! and Black stands up. If Black avoids this and plays 2...Nf6 3.g4 d5! instead, White scores an abysmal 39.7% in 248 games on ChessBase Online.

If you think about it, White is playing a sort of Deferred Grob's Attack (2.h3 and 3.g4). Can't be good. This debacle will probably be the last time I essay 2.h3.

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