Monday, January 30, 2017

The Dutch Defense

1. d4 f5 2. g3

The most common move, and the most successful. White has an 18% edge.

Nf6 3. Bg2 g6

Black is at something of a crossroads here, as he must decide where to put his King Bishop. 3...g6 is preferred by almost 3-1 over 3...e6, after which the usual continuation is  4. Nf3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. c4 d6 7. Nc3 Qe8, and now Qc2, Rel, and b3 are about equally played; however, the biggest advantage is with 8 b3, which enjoys a huge 33% edge over black!

4. Nf3 Bg7 5. 0-0 O-O 6. b3 d6 7. Bb2

An advantage of this line for white is that it is easy to remember. You simply fianchetto both bishops! White's advantage now is a huge 22%!

7...Qe8

The most popular of the 17(!!) different moves that have been played here.

8. c4 Na6 9. Nbd2 e5 10. dxe5 Ng4 11. Ba3 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 Qxe5 13. Rb1 Qe7 14. b4 Rb8 15. Nb3 Be6 16. Na5 c5 17. bxc5 Nxc5 18. Bxc5 dxc5 19. Bxb7 Qc7 20. Bd5 Qxa5 21. Bxe6+ Kh8 22. Qc2 Rb6 23. Rxb6 Qxb6 24. Bd5 Rb8 25. Qa4 Rd8 26. e3 Be5 27. Kg2 Qf6 28. Rd1 Kg7 29. Rd3 Qe7 30. Rb3 Rb8 31. Ra3 Rb2 32. Qxa7 Qxa7 33. Rxa7+ Kh6 34. Bg8 1-0