Opening Experiments on ICC

For those of you who may recall, I did a video + analysis post on the Berlin last month, and today I decided to try a similar format for a new opening. I played 1 d4, hoping for a Queen’s Gambit or Nimzo-Indian, but my opponent instead tried a Dutch. In an effort to be different, and have something new to talk about Tuesday, I tried 2. Nc3 to immediately threaten e2-e4.

After going into a “Leningrad Structure”, I tried a thematic h2-h4-h5 push to bust open my opponent’s king for what should have been a routine win. However, being careless in my calculations, I missed a simple way to extract my opponent’s king and had to find a cool mating idea later to get the result. See if you can find the win before I did!

Since my opponent didn’t exactly play winning chess, I think on Tuesday, my goal is to answer 2 questions:

1) Why is 2 c4 more common than 2 Nc3 against the Dutch?

2) How is Black supposed to stop the h-pawn push in the Leningrad Dutch – and can White make it even more effective?

That being said, I hope you enjoy today’s video!

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One thought on “Opening Experiments on ICC

  1. Jason Brain

    I used to struggle against the Dutch, then started to play 2) Nc3 followed by Bg5 and Bxf6 and have had excellent results. Sometimes it’s actually stronger to play h3 and g4 in these lines rather than h4, h5. In any case, it takes black out of his normal Dutch setup.
    The problem is that black can play 1)…e6 with the intention of playing 2)…f5. Normally I answer e6 with c4 so I still have to be familiar with “normal” Dutch lines with c4 already played.

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