Originally posted by DeepThought
As black in the Dutch I find English type systems harder to handle than lines after the queen's pawn has got to d4. Basically because one sees them so much less frequently. Unless you don't like the positions with the queen's pawn on d3 then I'd suggest playing them instead.
Thanks, I'll take that on board next time I see it, it's unfortunately not an opening that I've encountered more than once in a blue moon here.
At the time I played the English less often but without the fianchetto that is now bog-standard against the LD, and I was completely clueless about the importance of not allowing Black to play e5 - which of course is what I duly handed to him here, wrapped in pink ribbon and silvery paper, along with my embarrassment.
I should also mention that Bedlam, the same player, also memorably reduced me to steaming rubble in a Reti Gambit set-up which, once again, is an object lesson, this timeall that when presented with the RG, you should ideally accept the gambit and the consequences that follow, rather than declining it with puny blocking manoeuvres succeeded by suicidal knight blunders: