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Examples of Winning via Attack III: My Pet Opening, the Dutch

Here’s my chess confession: growing up, I never knew what to play as Black against 1.d4.  Nothing seemed to work.  QGD and Slav positions always ended up passive; Nimzo positions ended up simply lost.  I asked around, and apparently the King’s Indian was the best chance to attack as Black.  I tried that … and lost about 80% of my games.  I clearly was not a KID player.

To be fair, I didn’t study much if any theory before playing these openings.  I just looked at a few games and then tried it out myself.  With 1.e4 openings, that seemed fine.  I had an intuitive sense of what to do.  The 1.d4 openings, though, left me completely in the dark … until I found the Dutch defence.

1…f5 gave me renewed hope.  For the first time, I was not just winning, but winning easily and in style.  This gave me confidence.  I would later give up the Dutch after several painful losses, but not before it gave me some memorable wins.  Let’s look at some. Continue reading