Category Archives: Dutch Defence

Big Slick IM Rd6-FM Lyell(ENG)

Big Slick IM
Budapest resident FM Lyell,Mark 4.5/9 and IM Meszaros(HUN) 4/9. Merry(ENG) got an IM norm with 7.5/9.

FM Lyell,Mark

Final Standings
Merry 7.5
Sarakauskas 7
House 4.5
Lyell 4.5
McClement 4.5
Olsarova 4.5
Meszaros 4
Rudd 4
Vogel 3
Bates 1.5

Meszaros,Gyula (2255) – Lyell,Mark (2238)
Dutch 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 d5 4.Bxf6 exf6 [A80]
Big Slick IM (6), 27.06.2013

Position 1
White won a pawn early in the game but the conversion phase produced an interesting sharp ending. Black has just attacked Nb3 with 51…a4 in the sharp NN-R ending. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


Salento Open Gallipoli Rd2-GM Horvath Cs(HUN)

More about Gallipoli
The feature game was played in the Salento Open hosted in Gallipoli. Here is some background on this coastal town

TWIC 968
GM Horvath used the bishop pair and a central break the Classical Dutch in rd2.

Horvath,Cs1 (2516) – Caruso,Au (2272) 
Dutch Classical 7.b3 Nc6[A96]
2nd Salento Open Gallipoli ITA (2), 26.05.2013

Position 1
Black is under pressure from white’s well coordinated pieces. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play


Bundesliga 2012–13 Rd13-IM Galyas, M(HUN)

TWIC 961
IM Galyas had a tough battle with GM Nielsen in rd13 of the latest Bundesliga action.

More on Nielsen

Nielsen,PH (2662) – Galyas,M (2423) 
Dutch Leningrad 7…c6 8.Rb1[A88]

Bundesliga 2012–13 Schwetzingen GER (13), 05.04.2013

Position 1

Black has been hanging tough in a fierce fight. Now the QBN have a chance to out-duel the QR considering that white’s king is looking a bit loose and the passed c-pawn is a potential powerhouse. What do you suggest for black now?

Black to Play


Budapest TCh 2012-13 Div I Rd7-Kozak,A(HUN)

Kozak kept pushing a roughly equal position until the passed h-pawn decided in QR-QR play.

Kozák,Ádám (2036) – Zanaty,Zsolt (2172)
Dutch 2.Bg5 g6[A80]
Bp Csb 2012/13 I Lilienthal Budapest (7.5), 03.02.2013

Position 1
Both sides have passed pawns but the h-pawn is further advanced and has ideal rook support from behind. What should white do now?

White to Play


Bundesliga 2012-13(TWIC 952), GM Ribli

Here is a recent Bundesliga game(TWIC 952) played by the veteran GM Ribli.

Black allowed the crippling of his queenside pawn structure and then got the wrong end of a good knight vs. bad bishop ending and never recovered.

Ribli,Z (2554) – Pruijssers,R (2519)
Dutch Leningrad6.b3[A87]
Bundesliga 2012–13 Emsdetten GER (8), 03.02.2013

Position 1
Black has just advanced aggressively in the center with 14…e4. How should white respond?

White to Play


Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd7-GM Hoang(HUN)

Here is Hoang’s rd7 game against Wojtaszek. 

Hoang defends with the active Leningrad Dutch but the …Rc8 idea and follow up gave white a free hand to press the position. Eventually white prevailed with a nice opposite color bishop attack.

Wojtaszek,Radoslaw (2723) – Hoang,Thanh Trang (2469)
Dutch Leningrad[A87]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013  (7.17), 28.01.2013

Position 1
White has a better pawn structure but how to continue is a mystery. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play


Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd3-GM Hoang(HUN)

Here is GM Hoang’s rd3 game.

White played a tremendous attacking game using 1.Nf3 f5 2.d3!? against the Dutch. This poisonous line had already been recommended by Kindermann in his 2005 book on the Leningrad System.

Swiercz,Dariusz (2627) – Hoang,Thanh Trang (2469)
Dutch Defence[A80]
Tradewise Gibraltar Masters Gibraltar (3.12), 24.01.2013

Position 1
White has a lead in development and the natural plan is to attack. How should white proceed?

White to Play


Verifying Schandorff-Playing 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit The Indian Defences

GM Lars Schandorff proposes 2.Bg5 against the Dutch Defence in Playing 1.d4 The Queen’s Gambit The Indian Defences(Quality Chess 2012).

GM Lars Schandorff
Photo Thorbjørn Rosenlund

His book(s) include many correspondance games. For more on correspondance chess, see Iccf..

‘Announcing the 25th World Champion!

Thursday, December 13, 2012: GM Fabio Finocchiaro
After 3 years of play and with only one game remaining, the 25th World Championship Final has a winner and New World Champion, GM Fabio Finocchiaro from Italy!…(more).’

Here is my analysis of game #72 which went 2.Bg5 g6 3.Nc3 d5 and white won a model game.

This was a hard game to analyze as the critical mistake for black is not easy to identify. After white sets up with Qd2/f3, black’s game just kept slipping downhill. Maybe the key improvement for black is 3…Bg7 as 3…d5 is not very appealing(for black).

Douglas,Steve R – Krzyzanowski,Antoni
Dutch 2.Bg5 g6 3.Nc3 d5 [A80]
WCCC33PR04 ICCF server, 20.04.2009

Position 1
White has opened the g-file sucessfully and has pressure. What is the best way to continue?

White to Play