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Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky (A97)
1 d4 f5 2 c4 Nf6 3 g3 e6 4 Bg2 Be7 5 Nf3 O-O 6 O-O d6
7 Nc3 Qe8

Number of games in database: 309
Years covered: 1931 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 49.8%
   Black wins 23.0%
   Draws 27.2%

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V Makogonov  3 games
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Gyula Kluger  3 games
Bassem Amin  9 games
Nicolas Rossolimo  6 games
Mads Boe  4 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
B P Reilly vs Fine, 1935
Suba vs L M Garcia Lopez, 1994
Keres vs Simagin, 1951
I A Horowitz vs Fine, 1934
L Aronson vs Tal, 1957
MacChess vs Bronstein, 1997
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 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 309  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Veresov vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-12519317th USSR Ch Semi-finalsA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
2. P Blechschmidt vs E Kapfer 0-1611932Bad EmsA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
3. Lisitsin vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  1-0501932Leningrad ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
4. V Makogonov vs Alatortsev  0-1621933TiflisA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
5. L Savitsky vs Riumin  ½-½451933USSR ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
6. Pirc vs Flohr  ½-½251934UjpestA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
7. I A Horowitz vs Fine 0-1281934MatchA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
8. N G Engholm vs Dake  ½-½69193435th Western Championship. FinalA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
9. I Rabinovich vs Panov 1-0431934USSR Championship 1934/35A97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
10. V Makogonov vs I Mazel 1-0511934USSR Championship 1934/35A97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
11. Opocensky vs Pelikan  1-0391935LuhacoviceA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
12. B P Reilly vs Fine 1-0401935OlympiadA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
13. M Raizman vs A De Burca 1-0231935OlympiadA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
14. Chekhover vs S Pimenov  1-0531936Trade UnionsA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
15. G Kluger vs Szabo  ½-½571936BudapestA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
16. Fine vs Bogoljubov 1-0361936NottinghamA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
17. Pirc vs Keres 0-15019377th olm finalA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
18. Vidmar vs B Tot  ½-½191938LjubljanaA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
19. V Makogonov vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  ½-½50193811th USSR Championship SemifinalA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
20. Santasiere vs J Fliegel 1-0421938Boston prelimA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
21. R Rey Ardid vs J Sanz  ½-½421943ESP-ch mA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
22. Fine vs H Steiner  1-0371944USA-chA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
23. D Scott vs K Charlesworth  1-0411946Nottingham-B2A97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
24. Rossolimo vs Pachman 0-1391947Hilversum ZonalA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
25. Dus Chotimirsky vs D Rovner  0-1391949URS-ch sfA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-09-03  maa: I don't like the move Qe8 i think Ndb7! is better
Sep-26-04  Giancarlo: 7..Qe8 is an excellnet move preparing Qh5! Botvinnik used that tactic many a time. Nbd7 will eventually come. By the way did I happen to mention how great of an opening this is? :-) Well, not really the best line of a Dutch system...
Sep-26-04  Knight13: Well... I don't like this opening. It's like having a closed attack position.
Sep-27-04  Giancarlo: <knight13>

sez you!

Feb-04-05  Dillinger: Zhenevsky is more common and phoenetically accurate spelling.
Feb-04-05  RisingChamp: Anyone who knows the Dutch,is the Ilyin-Zhenevsky better or the Leningrad,if so any explanations please?I am a 2000 player who is changing to the Dutch against d4 and I am taking up the Leningrad so advice would be welcome.
Feb-04-05  DP12: Knowing nothing about this line, the first thing I noticed is that the score in this line is horrible for black 64-36 is not an opening I would invest serious time into learning.
Feb-05-05  Dillinger: Not knowing much either, I can say that the Leningrad is much more respected and known to lead to some wild games. The Ilyin-Zhenevsky is an attempt to get a 'stonewall' type structure by seemingly shutting in all of black's pieces. Unlike the similar Sicilan Scheveningen, black has few chances for a queenside attack to develop before his kingside is completely overrun by white minor pieces.
Feb-05-05  Dillinger: The more I look at this, the less it makes sense. Creating holes on the f-file without the strong counterattack that legitimizes other dutch lines. Knight13 is right, it's an attack formation with no pieces able to carry out the attack.
Jan-23-06  EnglishOpeningc4: this is good but better ia ...a5 preparing ...Ne4
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  Mating Net: The key element when playing the Dutch is the pawn advance e4 and ...e5. If Black can play ...e5, and nothing bad happens, he will equalize. If White plays e4 and Black can't reply ...e5, he is doomed.

For those reasons, I prefer to play ...7Ne4 instead of the ...7Qe8 listed on the page. Black will still play the Queen to e8-h5 maneuver to get his kingside attack rolling, but I like the Knight hopping to e4 right away. An early ...Ne4 makes it harder for White to prep his e4 push and it vacates the f6 square for the Bishop, which in turn supports Black's ...e5 push.

L Pantsulaia vs C Hanley, 2003 illustrates these themes.

Apr-26-06  Silman: Everything <Mating Net> said is 100% correct. Sounds like he may have the same book by Simon Williams that I have, the first to my knowledge which recommends 7..., Ne4;
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  Mating Net: <Silman> Thanks for the endorsement.

Ys, I do have the Williams book on the Classical Dutch. It's a really good book. Williams lays out the main concepts and ideas for Black extremely well, which is what I want from an opening book.

As for the early ...Ne4, this approach is by far the most sensible to me. Unfortunately, it is the shortest chapter in the book. Perhaps this is due to its relative newness.

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Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
1.d4 f5 2.c4 ♘f6 3.g3 e6 4.♗g2 ♗e7 5.♘f3 O-O 6.O-O ♗d6 7.♘c3 ♕e8

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