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Jon Mahony
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Re: Dutch defence

Post by Jon Mahony » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:22 pm

I had quite a bit of success with the Dutch in the minor and intermediate sections - I used to tweak the move order slightly by responding to 1.d4 with 1... e6 and hope for a transposition into a French with 2.e4 (something most QP players don’t usually oblige you with) and then if 2.c4 or 2.Nf3 just 2… f5 then. The move order avoids the sharp 2.Bg5 as well - which you really need to know what you’re doing as black (I liked it from the white side).

2.Nf3 gives black a pretty comfortable game straight away, the knight doesn’t always belong on f3 in a lot of variations and believe it or not is better on h3 - a lot of opponents in the minor are London / Colle players, so you will get this move a lot - White will be hoping for 2...d5 next, getting them into familiar turf.

Of course the downside of 1...e6 is you will have to be prepared for the occasional French transposition.

If you find books hard work get hold of Simon Williams’ “Killer Dutch” DVD, it’s pretty in-depth and got me started playing the opening.
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Re: Dutch defence

Post by Richard Bates » Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:30 pm

Jon Mahony wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:22 pm
I had quite a bit of success with the Dutch in the minor and intermediate sections - I used to tweak the move order slightly by responding to 1.d4 with 1... e6 and hope for a transposition into a French with 2.e4 (something most QP players don’t usually oblige you with) and then if 2.c4 or 2.Nf3 just 2… f5 then. The move order avoids the sharp 2.Bg5 as well - which you really need to know what you’re doing as black (I liked it from the white side).

2.Nf3 gives black a pretty comfortable game straight away...
Thought I must have been going wrong somewhere.

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Re: Dutch defence

Post by Jon Mahony » Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:46 pm

Richard Bates wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:30 pm
Jon Mahony wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:22 pm
I had quite a bit of success with the Dutch in the minor and intermediate sections - I used to tweak the move order slightly by responding to 1.d4 with 1... e6 and hope for a transposition into a French with 2.e4 (something most QP players don’t usually oblige you with) and then if 2.c4 or 2.Nf3 just 2… f5 then. The move order avoids the sharp 2.Bg5 as well - which you really need to know what you’re doing as black (I liked it from the white side).

2.Nf3 gives black a pretty comfortable game straight away...
Thought I must have been going wrong somewhere.
Lol well you only outgrade me by 100 points :D
"When you see a good move, look for a better one!" - Lasker

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Re: Dutch defence

Post by Richard Bates » Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:52 pm

Jon Mahony wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:46 pm
Richard Bates wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:30 pm
Jon Mahony wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:22 pm
I had quite a bit of success with the Dutch in the minor and intermediate sections - I used to tweak the move order slightly by responding to 1.d4 with 1... e6 and hope for a transposition into a French with 2.e4 (something most QP players don’t usually oblige you with) and then if 2.c4 or 2.Nf3 just 2… f5 then. The move order avoids the sharp 2.Bg5 as well - which you really need to know what you’re doing as black (I liked it from the white side).

2.Nf3 gives black a pretty comfortable game straight away...
Thought I must have been going wrong somewhere.

Lol well you only outgrade me by 100 points :D
Means nothing when i’m playing against the Dutch ;)

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Re: Dutch defence

Post by Alan Walton » Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:43 pm

Jon Mahony wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:22 pm
2.Nf3 gives black a pretty comfortable game straight away, the knight doesn’t always belong on f3 in a lot of variations and believe it or not is better on h3 - a lot of opponents in the minor are London / Colle players, so you will get this move a lot - White will be hoping for 2...d5 next, getting them into familiar turf.
It is not quite that simple; if you play the "normal" stuff against 2. Nf3 f5 3. Bf4 then white gets a easy game to play; I had this position last year in the 4NCL and my position was quite uncomfortable for a while but scrapped a fortunate draw out of it

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Re: Dutch defence

Post by Gary Senior » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:46 pm

After d4 e6 e4 you also have the option of b6 if you don’t know the French.

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