1. d4 f5 Hi everyone, and welcome to my second series for chess24. This position is called the Dutch opening. The move got his name from a book from Dutch chess master Elias Stein, not to be confused with the famous grandmaster Leonid Stein. The book was called 'Nouvel Essai Sur Le Jeu Des Échecs: Avec Des Reflexions Militaires Relatives Á Ce Jeu'', from the year 1789 in which he recommended 1...f5 as the best reply to 1.d4. Stein was born in France, but later settled in The Hague. The opening has a long history as you can see and many world champions have played the opening over the years. Even in modern days the move is being played by grandmasters of the highest level. I myself started playing the opening at around the time I started playing the Jaenisch opening, which is about five years ago. The reason was that in the King's Indian I sometimes hesitated to play the move ...f5 and to get this hesitation out of the way at an early stage, I started opting for 1...f5. Sometimes Black gets a favourable position in comparison to the King's Indian, but most of the time play becomes very different. I have put in many hours to make a repertoire which I now want to share with the readers. And to provide you with a complete repertoire we're also going to take a look at 1.c4 and 1.Nf3. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy it!
The Dutch Defence (1.d4 f5) is gaining in popularity at all levels of chess. In his second series for chess24 Dutch GM Roeland Pruijssers shares his in-depth analysis and personal take on what is his main weapon against 1.d4.
- To provide a complete black repertoire for the Dutch Defence
- To learn the nuances and different type of plans arising in this opening
- To gain rich play through well-considered ideas and theoretical lines