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Dutch, Stonewall (A95)
1 d4 f5 2 c4 Nf6 3 g3 e6 4 Bg2 Be7 5 Nf3 O-O 6 O-O d5
7 Nc3 c6

Number of games in database: 293
Years covered: 1922 to 2022
Overall record:
   White wins 39.9%
   Black wins 26.6%
   Draws 33.4%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Raymond Keene  6 games
Vitaly Chekhover  3 games
Lajos Portisch  3 games
Carlos Guimard  12 games
Mikhail Botvinnik  7 games
Robert Bellin  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Keene vs M Fuller, 1983
Keene vs R Bellin, 1981
Keene vs S Bruzzi, 1966
I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik, 1927
Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1947
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 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 293  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gruenfeld vs Tartakower  ½-½281922Teplitz-SchönauA95 Dutch, Stonewall
2. Kostic vs A Pokorny  1-0421926Trencianske TepliceA95 Dutch, Stonewall
3. I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik 0-1421927USSR ChampionshipA95 Dutch, Stonewall
4. V Makogonov vs A Model  1-0511927USSR ChampionshipA95 Dutch, Stonewall
5. Menchik vs Yates 0-1341932Hastings 1931/32A95 Dutch, Stonewall
6. Ragozin vs A Model 0-1301932Leningrad ChampionshipA95 Dutch, Stonewall
7. Chekhover vs A Model 1-0231932Leningrad ChampionshipA95 Dutch, Stonewall
8. Flohr vs Botvinnik 0-1301933Botvinnik - FlohrA95 Dutch, Stonewall
9. Veresov vs N Sorokin  0-1321934TbilisiA95 Dutch, Stonewall
10. M Yudovich Sr. vs Botvinnik 0-1471934LeningradA95 Dutch, Stonewall
11. Szabo vs E Gereben  ½-½361934SopronA95 Dutch, Stonewall
12. L Lenner vs H Mueller  ½-½411934Trebitsch Memorial 1934/35A95 Dutch, Stonewall
13. Lisitsin vs Ragozin ½-½471935MoscowA95 Dutch, Stonewall
14. Pirc vs T Drezga  ½-½291935Yugoslav ChampionshipA95 Dutch, Stonewall
15. Chekhover vs Riumin 1-0321936All-Union Young MastersA95 Dutch, Stonewall
16. I Kan vs A Konstantinopolsky 0-1381936All-Union Young MastersA95 Dutch, Stonewall
17. Ragozin vs Botvinnik  ½-½401936Training GameA95 Dutch, Stonewall
18. Pelikan vs J Hasek  ½-½471936Kautsky mem13A95 Dutch, Stonewall
19. Flohr vs Riumin  ½-½311936MoscowA95 Dutch, Stonewall
20. Capablanca vs Botvinnik ½-½421936MoscowA95 Dutch, Stonewall
21. Reshevsky vs Botvinnik ½-½411936NottinghamA95 Dutch, Stonewall
22. I Kan vs Riumin  1-04219384 Masters QuadrangularA95 Dutch, Stonewall
23. Chekhover vs P N Troitsky  1-0431938Trade Unions ChampionshipA95 Dutch, Stonewall
24. M Makogonov vs A Chistiakov  ½-½491938URS-ch sf KievA95 Dutch, Stonewall
25. B Levitas vs P N Troitsky  1-0491938Trade Unions ChampionshipA95 Dutch, Stonewall
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Sep-01-03  DTI: Benjamin Lau, im aware of black's dark square weaknesses i was just pointing out its difficult for white to take advantage of black's weaknesses without precise play....
Oct-26-03  Helloween: Black only really has to be wary of the typical b3, Ba3 maneouever, which aims to trade off Black's strong Bishop. The Dutch formation with f5, e6, d6 Nf6, Be7, 0-0, and Qe8, as Tal used to play it in the 50's and 60's, seems to be more energetic and offer better kingside attacking chances.
Oct-26-03  colinrpayne: I seem to remember a game or two of Short's where he avoided the problems of the b3, Ba3 manoevre by delaying d5. If white persists with his idea, then after Bxa3, Nxa3, black plays d6 and puts his pawns of black squares. I eventually gave up this opening for another reason - I was continually getting squeezed after Bf4, Bg5 by white and didn't get the stonewall in at all.
Jul-27-04  Giancarlo: Well if you look at Botvinniks play with this opening you can see he did quite well with it.
Oct-14-04  Giancarlo: Black's choice of 7..c6 instead of 7..nc6 seems intresting. Does anyone know if there is a gambit followed up in this line with 7..dxc4?
Jul-06-05  MUG: This 'Stonewall' formation reminds me of another famous wall: the Maginot Line! Both can be defeated in the same way - just go around it! :-)
Jul-06-05  farrooj: I love the stonewall for its solidity. But I just don't know the theory to use it. It's a very cool formation. But is it refuted?
Jul-06-05  paul dorion: <farroj> Botvinnik and Larsen liked it , Petrosian was a Stonewall (and Dutch in general) killer so a good look at their games may tell you what to do or not.
Jul-06-05  farrooj: thanks :)
Jul-06-05  Giancarlo: I wouldn't say it's a refuted opening. Botvinnik took some impressive wins with the system, and no losses. Some wins against rather strong players. I agree that Botvinnik is a model Dutch player.
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  tpstar: ConLaMismaMano-1863 (Ajedrez 21, 11/12/05) [Fritz 7]: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 f5 [last book move] 4. h3 Nf6 5. g4 [5. Bg5 Be7 =] fg 6. hg Bb4 [6 ... Nxg4 7. e3 Nf6 8. Bd3 =] 7. Bg5 [7. Bg2 Nxg4 8. e4 Nf6 ] c6 8. Qc2 h6 [8 ... dc 9. Nf3 =] 9. 0-0-0 [9. Qg6+ Kf8 ] Qe7 10. e4 Bxc3 11. bxc3 [11. e5 Bxb2+ 12. Qxb2 Qf8 13. exf6 hxg5 14. Rxh8 Qxh8 15. cd cd 16. Bb5+ Nc6 17. Bxc6+ bxc6 =] de [11 ... Qa3+!? 12. Kb1 Nxe4 ] 12. Bg2 [12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Qxe4 c5 ] Rf8 13. Bxf6 [ ] Qxf6 14. Nh3 e5 15. Qxe4 Kf7 16. de Qg6 17. Qxg6+ Kxg6 18. Be4+ [18. Rd6+ Kf7 19. g5 Nd7 20. gh gh ] Kf7 19. g5 Bxh3 20. Rxh3 hxg5 21. Rg3 Nd7?? [21 ... Na6 22. Rxg5 Nc5 ] 22. Rxd7+ [ ] and White won (1-0, 34).

Nice game. I was surprised 14 ... e5 went unnoticed by Fritz, since it seems to drop both e Pawns, then Black self-destructed by trading Queens.

Nov-14-05  ConLaMismaMano: Thanks a lot, tpstar, for taking the trouble of running through Fritz my game, in the following days i'll look carefully at the analysis you provided me!
Mar-07-08  get Reti: The stonewall is now my favorite way to respond to 1.d4. The reasons why I think 1.d4 is stronger than 1.e4 is that after 1.d4 the pawn is protected, and also that after 1.d4, white can automatically establish two pawns side-by-side, with c4, no matter what black plays. If black can't stop c4, then he should try to stop e4. In the stonewall, white is almost permanently stopped from playing e4, and black has two strong points at d5 and f5. White's expansion possibilities are limited. Black can also try to post a knight at e4. The main reason against this line is that white can play Ne5, but the fact that black can somewhat neutralize it with Nbd7 and the above reasons I think compensates for it.
May-23-08  gambitking: I like this opening as black. It's in the spirit of Ol' Blue Light, Stonewall Jackson; leading a fearless counterattack on the Kingside second only to the Greco Counterattack

The Gambit King

May-23-08  ganstaman: <gambitking> How do you avoid Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3 (A94), which looks very good for white?
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  moronovich: <ganstaman> Usually by -Qe7. The swedish GM Karlson imployed a system with an early Nc6 , ready to answer Ba3 with Nb4.Could look silly ,but it works.

Ulf Andersson - Lars Karlsson is one game.

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  moronovich: Sorry . All above is reasonable , but only with the black bishop on d6.
Jul-28-08  FilipinoMaster: The Sicilian for d4 lol!
Nov-08-09  FICSwoodpusher: Why are there no games in the Dutch Stonewall where black plays Bd6?
Nov-08-09  FHBradley: Because that's a different variation of the Dutch Stonewall.
Dec-08-09  FICSwoodpusher: What is the ECO code of that variation?
Feb-07-10  sastm: Is there an ECO code for Modern Stonewall Dutch with Bd6 (instead of Be7). If not what we be the best way to search for games in that opening?
Feb-07-10  ganstaman: <sastm> You're a premium member. Use the opening explorer to get the position you're looking for and it will give you the games you want.

I'm not entirely sure of what moves you're looking for. If you have trouble figuring out the Opening Explorer, post the moves you mean and I can help give you the link. (or someone else, I can't guarantee that I'll get here first...)

Feb-07-10  micartouse: In Pawn Structure Chess, Soltis offers the following general plan against the Stonewall: c2-c4

2. prepare to control the c-file with line pieces

3. play cxd5

4. If your opponent recaptures with the c-pawn, you control the file. If your opponent captures with the e-pawn you have a minority attack.

OK, this is an extremely simplistic plan outline that really depends on the actual position. But I routinely use it to avoid that frustrating feeling against the Stonewall - the feeling of not knowing what to do. No matter what, I can at least force some queenside play and get a rook up in there some 11 or 12 moves off.

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  whiteshark: <moronovich <Ulf Andersson - Lars Karlsson is one game.>> link service Ulf Andersson vs L Karlsson, 1990
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