Originally posted by KingOnPoint
Does this, 1. Nf3 f5 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 e5 , start a Dutch Defense for Black?
"White chose a non-committal king's knight, to deter 1..P-K4 but otherwise allow Black the vacant centre (in order for White to have an early target to attack).
Black rejects the centre invitation and advan ...[text shortened]...
But, eudesign doesn't have a continuation with 2. c4 against the Black side after 1. Nf3 f5.
I would say that someone has taken that quote from a book of some sort, which is probably why the rest is missing. Tbh, i'm not an expert on the Dutch, I was just offering some of the things that I pay attention to when playing against it. I don't really play with a set opening repertoire, so I can't tell you exactly what the theory is, but I will say that there is nothing to especially fear in this opening. Ok, you can't put a pawn on e4, big deal. Black has seriously weakened the light squares on the kingside without white having to invest a single move to encourage him. The black f-pawn is troublesome at the beginning of the game, it makes it a little awkward for white to manoeuvre at the start of the game, but with all things being equal, black is the only one with any weaknesses. Don't worry too much about what it's called, just develop your pieces to utilise the free holes black has voluntarily introduced into his own position..
EDIT: What Paul says is correct, statistically white score better with the bishop on g2. This is the way I play against the dutch. e.g...
Nf3 ..f5 g3 ..Nf6 Bg2 ..e6 d4 (or c4, but i like to delay this move) ..Be7 0-0 etc..
Putting the bishop on g2 can have a restraining effect on blacks white bishop as you have an x-ray attack on b7. Also if black goes into a stonewall (with pawns on c6-d5-e6-f5) then whites white bishop is covering e4 from a safe square. But this is all getting a bit vague, I hope all of this makes sense, I feel i may be getting a bit far from the original line...