Originally posted by d36366
... handle 1. d4 f5 2. Bg5
Someone played this against me OTB last week, and I didn't handle it very well (though I drew eventually). We went 2.. h6 3. Bh4 g5 4. e4.
Now I was smart enough not to take the bishop both here (when there is mate in one) and after 4 .. Bg7 5. Bg3 when you can win the bishop with 5.. f4 but it will cost you far too much.
B not) if white plays 2.e4.
My opening books are thin on these lines. Anyone got any ideas?
As you already mentioned, you can avoid that line once and for all by playing e6 first. You can transpose into Classical Dutch or the Stonewall varitation.You can play e6 exclusively against any of the white's first moves.
Stonewall Dutch is very solid and extremely difficult to breakthrough. The game is rather static than dynamic, slow manouvers dominate the game.
You basically play without the white coloured bishop(hemmed behind central pawns); you can try to activate it mainly on b7 but not very effective at all. There are some unique and interesting ideas to active it on h5!? through d7-e7-h5 but it is long (although you can take your time in this opening for long manouvers and interesting ideas) and again not effective.
This opening is definaltely not for everyone!
However, Botvinnik, the best player ever who played the Stonewall Dutch, handles this opening with great precison.
The below game is a great example of slowly building up an unexpected kingside blow in this unpopular opening.
My last game against a friend I stike "lucky"to win the game by checkmate surprisingly in 26 moves!! I formed my classical Dutch Stonewall Setup with my central pawns for a solid defence to block the center. Then, I decided to open the game on the queenside (by pawn breakthroughs) and made timely minor piece exchanges "only after" winning the extremely important central pawn early in the game. In middle game, my opponent made hollow threats by advacing his queen rook pawn, I ignored (is the best defence) all his plans and he unexpectedly blundered to allow me a beautiful finish.
Here's the Game 3795066
p.s. Yes!! it took me "eight edits" to write this down in order to write without grammatical mistakes in a foreign language.