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Welcome to the Stonewall!

Nowadays, the Dutch Defence has an established reputation as a traditional and essentially sound opening, recommended for players of any level, even though it requires precise treatment by both sides.

For this video, we’ve prepared a broader update with more recent games, but also with new lines, analyses, and improvements, and even with some fresh concepts in well-known systems.

The idea of the Stonewall appeared in the chess world in the time of the legendary Paul Morphy and the first official World Champion Wilhelm Steinitz.

Among the heroes of the black pieces defending this ‘castle’ are many Grand Masters from the distant past to the present: Mikhail Chigorin, Siegbert Tarrasch, José Raul Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Savielly Tartakower, Mikhail Botvinnik, Tigran Petrosian, Artur Jussupow, Simen Agdestein, Anatoly Vaisser, Nigel Short, Predrag Nikolic, Mikhail Ulibin, Evgeny Gleizerov, Nikola Sedlak, Teimour Radjabov, Vladimir Kramnik, recent World Champion Magnus Carlsen… and, of course, the author of the present video.

This video is guided along with the main plans with the following structure, which returns in each chapter (model Games 1-12):

  • An original story about each variation
  • Main ideas, resources, advice
  • Analysis of the main lines through model games
  • Illustrative games (the best examples)
  • Statistics, summaries, and conclusions.

Dutch Defence - Stonewall System

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