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Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation (A93)
1 d4 f5 2 c4 Nf6 3 g3 e6 4 Bg2 Be7 5 Nf3 O-O 6 O-O d5
7 b3

Number of games in database: 87
Years covered: 1920 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 46.0%
   Black wins 16.1%
   Draws 37.9%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Nigel Short  5 games
Sergey Makarichev  3 games
Evgeny Gleizerov  3 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Timman vs Short, 1990
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1983
V Makogonov vs Botvinnik, 1940
Lautier vs Short, 1990
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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 87  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gruenfeld vs W John 1-0851920Gothenburg BA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
2. V Makogonov vs Botvinnik 1-0441940USSR ChampionshipA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
3. D Scott vs A Truscott  0-1361946Nottingham-B2A93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
4. J de Souza Mendes vs Letelier  1-0661946Mar del PlataA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
5. Kujoth vs B Rosenthal  1-049194849th US OpenA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
6. Kotov vs Lisitsin 1-0411948USSR ChampionshipA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
7. B Tot vs T van den Tol  ½-½341950Vienna 5051A93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
8. Golombek vs J H Donner  1-0341951Bad Pyrmont ZonalA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
9. H Platz vs O'Kelly  ½-½661952BudapestA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
10. T Salo vs T Sakellaropoulos  1-0401952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-CA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
11. Filip vs Szabo 1-0411953BucharestA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
12. Julio Bolbochan vs Guimard  ½-½211953Mar del PlataA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
13. E Reichel vs Bengt Mellberg  ½-½461953Wch U20 qual-AA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
14. J L Alvarez del Monte vs Trompowsky  0-1401954MontevideoA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
15. M Rohland vs H F Stockhold  0-155195455th US OpenA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
16. Janosevic vs Puc  ½-½581955YUG-chA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
17. J Sherwin vs R Wilcox  1-048195556th US OpenA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
18. D Byrne vs P Brandts  1-023195556th US OpenA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
19. S Van Gelder vs R F McGregor  0-140195657th US OpenA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
20. Averbakh vs Botvinnik 1-0441957Training MatchA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
21. Zamikhovsky vs M Usachyi  ½-½411958Kiev-chA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
22. M Bobotsov vs Tolush  ½-½261958Asztalos Memorial 1stA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
23. V Osnos vs Kholmov  ½-½221958URS-ch sfA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
24. A Hollis vs D E Lloyd  ½-½3919597th Stevenson MemorialA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
25. B Vladimirov vs Smyslov 1-0431961USSR Championship 1961bA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-27-04  Giancarlo: This position does seem rather drawish and the wins go in whites favour. As a dutch player tbough I like to play the same opening as shown here but with 6..d6 instead, does snyone have any thing to say about that variation? I think it's beter then this one...
Jul-27-04  trogdor: It's about the same.
Jul-27-04  Dudley: The win % looks terrible for black, but in my experience the stonewall is highly effective at lower levels of playing strength. The ...d6 line is recommended should white position his knight on h3 instead of f3-the Blackburne variation. If white doesn't fianchetto and castles K side, black has a virtually automatic attack with the stonewall.
Jul-06-05  Giancarlo: yeaaaahaha this is what I call an opening of the day!! I think <Dudley> is generally right, that this type of play tends to work in the lower levels, however I have used it quite successfully in the exact opposite!
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
1.d4 f5 2.c4 ♘f6 3.g3 e6 4.♗g2 ♗e7 5.♘f3 O-O 6.O-O d5 7.b3

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Not a very common opening.

Jun-23-12  BishopofBlunder: What does black do with the light square bishop? Fianchetto? Or just Bd7? Some variations have black playing c6, which would trap the bishop even further. What to do with a bad bishop?

I like the Dutch, but mostly I play the Leningrad.

Jun-23-12  King Death: <BishopofBlunder: What does black do with the light square bishop? Fianchetto? Or just Bd7..>

Here's a game by the young Kramnik. One way for Black to play is ...Bd7-e8-h5, all of a sudden that "bad Bishop" isn't so bad anymore.

Van Wely vs Kramnik, 1990

Jun-23-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Further to <King Death>s post, Kramnik actually wrote a section about the Stonewall Dutch in the 1990s Dvoretsky book "Secrets of Positional Chess".

One point he noted is the Bishop on g2 isn't all that great either because it is restricted by the black pawn structure.

The modern interpretation is often Bf8-d6, c7-c6 and b7-b6, Bc8-b7. c6-c5 is always in the position.

Kramnik quickly dropped the Dutch!

Jun-24-12  BishopofBlunder: <One way for Black to play is ...Bd7-e8-h5, all of a sudden that "bad Bishop" isn't so bad anymore.> This is pretty much what I figured, but it seems a bit slow. Three moves to get the queen bishop developed and then you have the queen knight. What do you do with it? C6? D7? Maybe I'm just too impatient for the Stonewall variation.
Dec-30-12  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation (A93)

1. d4 f5 2. c4 ♘f6 3. g3 e6 4. ♗g2 ♗e7 5. ♘f3 O-O 6. O-O d5 7. b3

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