Dutch Defense

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1. d4 f5

The Dutch Defense is a solid but aggressive response to a Queen Pawn opening.

It is not without its risks however. So before you delve further into this exciting opening, study these Dutch Defense Disasters:

Mate in 6…

Mate in 7…

There are three major variations to the Dutch Defense:

  • Classical – 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d6/li>
  • Leningrad – 1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 0-0/li>
  • Stonewall – 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.c4 c6 6.0-0 Bd6/li>

As with any opening there unusual or less common replies such as:

1 d4 f5 2 f4

Example game:

White enters uncharted water with his second move. Then immediately follows up with an aggressive but questionable third move – 3 Qd3. Black spends the next few moves quietly developing before launching a devastating attack on White’s Queen.

Hopton Attack

Rubinstein Variation – 1 d4 f5 2 c4 Nf6 3 Nc3
Example game: