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White can play 12 liJg2 instead, after which Black might try The point of all this is that White's capture of the e-pawn takes valuable time while Black has the extra space to justify Let's return to S There are other moves, such as Such positions are fascinating from a strategic point of view, and may appeal to those who want to play chess without immediate confrontations.

However, the main line is 7 e3, attacking the centre.

Then Black can try: a In conjunction with a fianchettoed bishop on g2, a rook on the b-file will generally more than compensate for the doubled a-pawns, which tend not to be a weakness until the endgame in any case.

When White also gains the bishoppair without giving Black's knights a major B A piece sacrifice that takes advantage of the weakening of the kingside that The game is instructive, as we see White's attack on the dark squares inducing further weaknesses; nevertheless, with perfect play Black might hold: Davies suggests 13lLlbS! Black actually stands better after IS D White strikes out on the flank, using tactics to justify an accelerated attack.

This negative retreat must leave White on top. Instead, the exchange sacrifice via S lLlxeS D is much better than its reputation.

A few examples: bl White played 9. That is, when White already has his bishop on b2, he RET! So if White can't remove the pawn from d4 in a satisfactory way, this bishop move is likely to be ill-advised.

Black can reply The game's Salov gives 8 bS! White hopes for Black can try D B w After 13 e3?!

White should consider D B 17 liJd2 'iVc8 However, after More importantly, he discourages the single move that most coordinates Black's pieces, D The most accurate move was still IS. By this means Black resolves the problem of having to defend a structure with His d-file is open, and there's a good chance of establishing a healthy restraint of White's d-pawn via This development of the knight to the rim is also seen in the Catalan Opening and a couple of other Reti variations, with similar trade-offs.

Of course, this is not the only way to recover the pawn; let's look briefly at alternatives: a 3 e3 will usually transpose to a Queen's Gambit Accepted after Of Black's many replies, Then the natural There are of course other moves: a Black held his own following Two alternatives for White are 8.

White can also play 6 bxa3; for example, One line goes Now IS fxe4 fxe4 16 liJc2 leaves Black's e-pawn vulnerable, but he has aggressive squares for his pieces by way of compensation.

We now return to At first, B But the combination of White's better development notice Black's kingside pieces , the strength of his bishop coming to g2 and his attack on Black's weakened queenside prove more important than his weaknesses. For example, Black has some compensation, but it doesn't seem sufficient. White has played in true Reti style. The nc2 and li'al manoeuvre goes way back to the opening's creator and namesake.

White's pieces all have good range, but Black has pawn control of the centre. Neither side can claim an advantage yet. Tempi aren't absolutely vital in such positions, but Black's position is fine; nevertheless, he needs to find a plan. J:tfd8 16 h3 D A typical 'crawling-forward' idea would be 17 i. Then White has in mind 26 bxc5 and can claim a serious central advantage. This is not disastrous, but why give White's rook the h-file?

A calm move like Carsten Hansen suggests that He has no weaknesses in his pawn-structure, in contrast to Black's slight one on c5. In conjunction with the h-file and his control of the key square e5, this is enough to claim a winning position! Vd5 27 lId4!? Cleverly winning a pawn, but direct attack by 27 e4! Vg5 threatening 'i! Vh5 The rest is easy. Vxe6 'i! Vxa2 39 g5 'i! Vh6 42 g7 'i!

Vf7 44 'i! Vg3 'i! VgS 45 'i! This is due in part to the fact that English Opening players, when faced with 1 c4 e6, frequently want to avoid a transposition into the Queen's Gambit Declined by 2 d4 d5 or 2 ltJc3 d5 3 d4.

Thus, after 1 c4 e6, they play 2 ltJf3 d5 and go into a Reti Opening via 3 g3 or 3 b3. Still another possible move-order is 1 c4ltJf62ltJf3 e63 g3 or 3 b3 Not surprisingly, the Closed Reti is characterized by slow manoeuvring. Both sides tend to develop their pieces conventionally, with White fianchettoing both his bishops and Black playing You will see that, barring the exchange cxd5, both sides' rooks can stay uninvolved in the fray for a long time, and their optimal placement is difficult to determine until the early middle game or later.

Black has unique options, however, after 3 g3 ltJf6 or immediately Kuzmin-Beliavsky, Kiev , and here 12 i. The tactical basis for this advance is that 5 ltJxe5?? This dynamic idea, wasting a whole move on In practice the logical continuation 5 ltJc3 ltJc6 has followed.

Thus the decision between 3 g3 and 3 b3 becomes more confusing.

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Limited practice has seen: a 6. Then D more frequently than he does today. SltJh4ltJf6 9. White has the better of it here, but you can see that the clever idea with Strategically, Black either plays for a queenside attack via For his part, White will try to use his greater mobility and the slight weaknesses in Black's camp. Now it looks as though Black has achieved all of his goals and will free his game, but White has prepared a trick: 14 b4!

B Whatever Black does, White will be able to close the position temporarily and then make use of his space advantage: The game proceeded 2l Very nice.

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For one thing the bishop on b2 blocks White's support of a b4 advance by a rook on b1; furthermore, a bishop on c1 might find an influential post on f4 or even support the move f4 if Black plays After 7 e3 ttJc6 8 iile2, Kourkounakis-Botsari, Aegina proceeded Now Black should probably play Unfortunately for White, the absence of a bishop on b2 allows Black to contest eS by Thus we return to 7 i.

An exercise: count the number of squares available This is the traditional main line of the Closed Reti, and arguably of the Reti Opening as a whole. Black now decides where to put his queen's knight, what to do with his bishop, and whether to play for Let's see some games. Norris Scottish Ch, Aberdeen w 1 c4 e6 2 ttJf3 d5 3 b3 ttJf6 4 g3 iLe7 5 iLg2 6 c5 7 iLb2 ttJc6 I haven't used the exact move-order of the game because I want to mention a frequentlyused move-order, This will transpose to one of our main lines if Black plays In this case, however, Black can't play the Here Black has the kind of active play he doesn't get in the main lines, when his bishop is on b7 instead of g4.

Initially only a small minority of players were willing to test this position as Black, since it looked too much like a Modem Benoni with colours reversed in which Black wouldn't be able to play This retreat became the main line after some bad experiences with slower moves. Other moves are seen much less often, although several are playable. Generally, if left to his own resources White can play 'iVe2 and an early d4 often after cxd5 , or in some cases d3 and e4, with some pull.

It's worth mentioning that S These are standard Benoni ideas. White's pressure on the queenside and superior development all but one of Black's pieces are on the first rank guarantee him the advantage. Notice that in this line White doesn't solve Black's problems for him by 16 iLxb7?! White has sacrificed a pawn for excellent piece pressure. Then if Similarly, SLf4 22 d4 gives White good chances, especially in view of SLxb7 Overall, this line looks like a promising way for White to go.

This does use up the d2-square for a knight redeployment, but tiJd2 isn't necessarily a good idea anyway. Instead, 14 tiJh4! D is a strange-looking but promising move that tries to provoke Black into weakening his kingside with Since f4 is a positional threat, Black 'cooperates': Now White is ready to play h4; apparently, he needn't be in a hurry to make progress in such positions since he faces few threats.

Here are two examples: a IS SLfS seems more accurate: 16 'i'e2 SLg4 SLe6 18 g4 SLg6 19 tiJfxd4! Now the safest move is 20 SLxd4! Instead, Kosarev-Bets, Peterhof continued 20 tiJxd4!? Black made the wrong queen 'sacrifice' in Lautier-Kotronias, Sochi White embarks upon a pseudo-sacrifice consistent with the aim of piece activity. Schwartzmann-Lputian, Wijk aan Zee saw the slower However, White went astray with 23 "iVe2?! In general, the chances in this game looked balanced, which we could say about the entire variation.

I would encourage White to investigate his alternatives on moves 11 and But it sits uselessly on aI, so Black must have the better prospects. In our main game, White solves that problem as follows: Since there are as yet no open lines, the question of how to activate rooks becomes of interest.

Black tends to centralize with.. J:td8, opening the d-file by White sometimes beats him to the punch with cxd5 and then places rooks on el and dl, hoping for an effective d4. Another 30 w w plan is d3 and a well-timed e4. It's all very position-specific. B w Now it's very risky to delay Instead, the natural 23 dS?! PadevskyGregoriu, Istanbul allows the surprising defence Black cuts out the idea of cxdS right away.

Actually, Just one example: 10 'iie2 10 d3! Kosten gives l B Black really should have seen this standard pawn sacrifice coming. Sorokin-Sambuev, St Petersburg continued lS An excellent game for the student to play through. White is reserving the right to play d3 or d4. He can put his rooks on cl and dl, or dl and bl leaving the queen's rook on the queenside to restrain In fact, much of the time that White succeeds directly out of the opening, he does so with some version of f4-fS or g4-gS and transferring his pieces towards the black king.

Conversely, having played It's generally important to exchange off White's light-squared bishop, which otherwise might participate in a central or kingside attack. Here are two typical examples after 12 d3: a l He will often support However, the position is just simplified enough for Black to defend, and he has diversionary moves on the queenside. Now everything holds by a thread.


There are tremendous complications, but I'll limit the notes: A terrific battle with useful tactical themes. Black's attack is faster than White's, but he could interpose In this example, White did a good job of handling Black's queenside advance, but you can see that Black maintained his prospects of penetrating into White's position.

So far we see all the same ideas; White's omission of d3 is the only real difference, which gives him a better chance of restraining Black's queenside, because the queen on e2 watches overb5. D B w 20gS! White sacrifices a pawn to open up lines with a gain of tempo.

D Now Black can do nothing about the threat of. Black's pawn-structure is permanently damaged. The a3f8 diagonal proves decisive anyway.

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The Reti Opening leads to positions that are fluid and unclear. I suspect that its lack of greater popularity in part derives from the absence of the kind of predictable structures that characterize many mainstream openings. Some might consider that an advantage, however, in that the player who better adjusts to new issues will generally carry the day.

The interested reader will have to dig around in books and databases. Sticking with the 1 c4 c6 English Opening for a moment, Tony Kosten points out that the move-order 2 g3 d5 3 Si.

B A broad complex of positions can arise from Right away, I should put them in context. In playing The most common alternatives to that move are 3 g3 and 3 b3. How White can achieve that and whether Black permits him to are the first questions both sides must consider, because there are so many early changes of direction that might spoil their respective plans.

The question of how to react to a Slav moveorder also arises in the English Opening, and it's worth a digression to talk about how White should respond after 1 c4 c6.

Again, he can play 2 d4 d5 with a Slav Defence. Or he can choose 2 lbf3 d5, transposing to this chapter. I should mention a third option, 2 e4 equivalent to the Caro-Kann line 1 e4 c6 2 c4 , when after He can also play 4 cxd5, which can reach typical isolated queen's pawn positions after If First, this move frustrates Black's desire to play I can only find it from German book sellers and have not been able to examine this item. Analyzes a losing classical Stonewall with Be7 in a rapid game between two old greats.

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Learning the Dutch Defense by Michael Aigner A very useful introduction to the Dutch for students in html. See PDF above, which is an updated version. Includes notes on Kotov - Bondarevsky, Leningrad A classical Stonewall game with good notes. Dutch Stonewall by Jacob Aagaard Everyman I have collected most of the games from Aagaard's Introduction in the collection Dutch Stonewall Intro by Aagaard , which should give you some sense of the thoroughness of his treatment.

Reviewed by Hansen , Bauer , and others. What I like most about Jacob Aagaard's opening books is that he always includes an extensive discussion of themes and ideas. I was especially impressed in this regard by his book on the Panov-Botvinnik Attack against the Caro-Kann. Here he does it again, with a truly outstanding introduction which is worth the price of the book itself especially if you are lucky enough to get it used, as I did. Though there are more up-to-date books, you have to ask yourself if you really want to get immersed in the latest theory or if you want to learn themes and ideas and then find your own way.

If you choose the latter, then this book is a must-have. Might be available online. Not well reviewed. Foxy Chess videos volume Dave from the Exeter Chess Club Covers the Stonewall in Black and White. The chapter starts with Khenkin's games as White against the Dutch which feature g3, Bg2 and Nh3 and a game with Nc3 without c4 while the majority of the article pages - features Kramnik discussing various games, including his own, with the Stonewall Dutch as Black.

He covers various set-ups and attempts by White, and Black is doing fine in all cases. He generally recommends b6 and Bb7 to deal with the light-squared Bishop, which he prefers over Bd7-e8-h4.

There are many more games in the notes. Definitely worth tracking down, though hardly indispensable. John by Yasser Seirawan at ChessCafe What starts out as a well-played game by Black turns into a nightmare after a series of blunders. Stonewall Attack as White The Stonewall as White last enjoyed popularity in the 19th Century, but in modern times, with the improvement in defensive technique for Black, it has mostly become an amateur favorite -- rather like the Colle system.

Of course, it remains solid and unrefuted, but you have to be prepared for various defensive tries by Black which may push you in a different direction. For instance, against 1. White does best to switch to a Queen's Gambit with 3.

There is a very interesting discussion of The Queen's Pawn Family by Sverre Johnsen that suggests some interesting move orders for reaching the Stonewall.

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This was a bit of a disappointment for me, really, especially since the video is basically a minute straight presentation like you would expect from a DVD you can watch on TV. I give you this warning mostly because there is no documentation with the DVD suggesting "system requirements," and it was something of a surprise for me since I have generally been able to watch Foxy DVDs on my DVD player. Of course, I also watch them on my computer, so I adjusted.

And I enjoy videos on the computer or TV, mostly because they give me a good overview of an opening without having to set up a board or even focus a lot. So they are good to look at while exercising or doing other things. Martin offers a thoughtful opening repertoire that recognizes that the Stonewall is not so strong against certain Black set-ups and therefore White needs to switch to a Zukertort or other line to have a chance at an edge.

I think his overall repertoire is very sound, and as he points out the Stonewall is solid enough that you can afford a slow or mistaken move without getting in trouble, which makes it a good system for developing players. An excellent introduction to the Stonewall from a site worth knowing about and visiting often.

Running into a Stonewall at GameKnot no date A "chess movie" of a Horowitz win that illustrates the classic Stonewall attack. Highly recommended of course! A video that did not allow embedding.

Welch Chesslectures. Reviewed by Hansen , Jeffries , Donaldson , and others. This excellent book on the Bird almost convinces me that 1. I'm especially impressed by Taylor's antidotes to various anti-Bird systems, especially the dangerous From's Gambit. The Stonewall by Jon Edwards from Chess is Fun Covers the anti-Stonewall strategy of Rg8 and g5, opening the g-file, with one of the author's games and a collection of additional games with the same theme.

Worth knowing as White. Offers one of the author's successful blitz games against Hiarcs 9 using the Stonewall as White.Jxe5 After the text move everything is simple and the game ended: The game Kaplun-M. It then becomes of paramount import ance whether Black can achieve the advance of his e-pawn to e5 so as to prevent White obtaining control over the key f4 square.

In addition, there some times arise possibilities of striking in the centre with. Black will protect his weakness on this file with all his forces. Black's position is fine; nevertheless, he needs to find a plan. Of course, it remains solid and unrefuted, but you have to be prepared for various defensive tries by Black which may push you in a different direction. Ok, being serious, I liked Simon agdesteins book on the stonewall, simon Williams has done a ton of stuff, books, videos, dvd on the classical Dutch and I believe gambit have a book on the Leningrad.

Cebalo-Jacimovic, Pula 1 , continued 12 i.

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