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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: 481
Years covered: 1931 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 47.4%
   Black wins 23.1%
   Draws 29.5%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Arthur Dunkelblum  4 games
Brian Patrick Reilly  3 games
Vladimir Makogonov  3 games
Bassem Amin  20 games
Ivan Farago  9 games
Allan Stig Rasmussen  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Santasiere vs J Fliegel, 1938
B P Reilly vs Fine, 1935
Fine vs Bogoljubov, 1936
L Aronson vs Tal, 1957
I A Horowitz vs Fine, 1934
Taimanov vs Korchnoi, 1950
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 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 481  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Veresov vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-12519317th USSR Ch Semi-finalsA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
2. Kalmanok vs N Zubarev  0-1261931Ch Moscow (sf - 3)A97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
3. P Blechschmidt vs E Kapfer 0-161193228th German Chess Federation CongressA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
4. Lisitsin vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  1-0501932Leningrad ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
5. V Makogonov vs Alatortsev  0-1621933National tournamentA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
6. L Savitsky vs Riumin  ½-½451933USSR ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
7. Pirc vs Flohr  ½-½251934UjpestA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
8. I A Horowitz vs Fine 0-1281934Horowitz - Fine MatchA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
9. N G Engholm vs Dake  ½-½69193435th Western Championship. FinalA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
10. F Herzog vs Flohr  0-1411934Bad LiebwerdaA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
11. I Rabinovich vs Panov 1-0431934USSR Championship 1934/35A97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
12. V Makogonov vs I Mazel 1-0511934USSR Championship 1934/35A97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
13. E Stoeckl vs H Mueller  0-1391934Trebitsch Memorial 1934/35A97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
14. K Opocensky vs Pelikan  1-0391935LuhacoviceA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
15. W Winter vs V Mikenas  1-0321935LodzA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
16. B P Reilly vs Fine 1-0401935Warsaw OlympiadA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
17. M Raizman vs A De Burca 1-0231935Warsaw OlympiadA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
18. S Kogan vs Panov  1-0331936Ch MoscowA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
19. Chekhover vs S Pimenov  1-0531936Trade Unions ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
20. I Mazel vs S Pimenov  0-1411936Trade Unions ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
21. G Stepanov (Schneideman) vs S Pimenov  1-0291936Trade Unions ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
22. G Kluger vs Szabo  ½-½571936BudapestA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
23. Fine vs Bogoljubov 1-0361936NottinghamA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
24. Pirc vs Keres 0-1501937Stockholm OlympiadA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
25. Vidmar vs B Tot  ½-½191938LjubljanaA97 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
Apr-15-06  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;
Apr-27-06  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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