Welcome to my Dutch Defense (ECO A85) game with Hakka page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the Black side of the Dutch Defense.

The game includes analysis and diagrams. This was a non rated game played at ICC. This game was my very first attempt at playing the Dutch Defense. I decided to try using the Dutch Defense against both 1. c4 and 1. Nf3 as well as against 1. d4. I lost this game because I misplayed the opening. I have looked at several grandmaster games since then and now have a better ideal of how to play this variation of the Dutch Defense.

[Event “ICC 15 12 u”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2007.11.25”] [Round “-“]
[White “Hakka”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black resigns”]
[WhiteElo “1624”]
[BlackElo “1540”]
[Opening “Dutch with c4 & Nc3”]
[ECO “A85”]
[NIC “HD.05”]
[Time “18:30:02”]
[TimeControl “900+12”]

  1. c4 f5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. d4 e6 4. e3 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Nf3 Be6 7. Bb5+ c6 8. Bd3 g6 9. a3 Bg7 10. b4 a6 11. Na4 O-O 12. Bd2 Nbd7 13. O-O h6 14. Nc5 Nxc5 15. bxc5 Ne4 16. Rb1 Rb8 17. Rb6 Nxd2 18. Qxd2 Qc7 19. Rfb1 g5 20. Qb2 f4 21. Rxb7 Rxb7 22. Qxb7 Qxb7 23. Rxb7 fxe3 24. fxe3 Ra8 25. Rb6 Bd7 26. Bxa6 Kf7 27. Ne1 h5 28. Nc2 Bc8 29. Bxc8 Rxc8 30. Nb4 {Black resigns} 1-0

Online Chess Game ICC
Game Played 25 November 2007
White: Hakka (1624) Black: Mike Serovey (1540)

1. c4 f5 2. Nc3 Nf6

Dutch Defense after 2... Nf6.

Dutch Defense after 2… Nf6.

I don’t like playing the Black side of an English opening because I play it as White. This is the very first time that I have tried playing the Dutch defense against the English opening. After White’s next move we are into regular Dutch lines. I will probably lose more games until I get a better feel for this opening.

3. d4 e6 4. e3 d5

Dutch Defense after 4... d5.

Dutch Defense after 4… d5.

I decided to try the Stonewall variation even though I didn’t know it very well. In grandmaster games White never captures on d5, so I was a little surprised when it happened here. I’m not sure if recapturing with the Knight or the pawn was better.

5. cxd5 exd5 6. Nf3 Be6

Dutch Defense after 6... Be6.

Dutch Defense after 6… Be6.

After looking at several grandmaster games I have decided that fianchettoing the light-squared Bishop was a better idea than playing it to e6. At e6 the Bishop basically acts like a tall pawn. White’s next move is a waste of a tempo because I was going to put my pawn on c6 anyways.

7. Bb5+ c6 8. Bd3 g6 9. a3 Bg7 10. b4 a6

Dutch Defense after 10... a6.

Dutch Defense after 10… a6.

I looked at playing b5 here and on the next move but didn’t like having a backwards c pawn if I did. Instead, I ended up with a backwards b pawn that I eventually lost.

11. Na4 O-O 12. Bd2 Nbd7 13. O-O h6 14. Nc5!

Dutch Defense after 14. Nc5!

Dutch Defense after 14. Nc5!

White is now attacking both the Black Bishop at e6 and the Black pawn at b7. Black must capture on c5 in order to save both men, but when White recaptures on c5 Black is left with the backwards b pawn. Instead of 15… Ne4 I might have been better off playing 15… b5 and if 16. cxb6 then 16… Qxb6 followed by Rfc8 and c5.

Nxc5 15. bxc5 Ne4 16. Rb1 Rb8?

Dutch Defense after 16... Rb8?

Dutch Defense after 16… Rb8?

I believe that 16… Ra7 followed by Qc7 and Rb8 was better. When White put his Rook on b6 it became impossible for Black to advance that pawn. White tripled up on that pawn at b7 and Black couldn’t adequately defend it.

17. Rb6 Nxd2 18. Qxd2 Qc7 19. Rfb1 g5 20. Qb2!!

Dutch Defense after 20. Qb2!!

Dutch Defense after 20. Qb2!!

There is no way to defend that pawn at b7. If Black plays either 20… Rf7 or 20… Bc8 White can win at least one pawn with 21. Bxa6!! Perhaps 20… g4 was better than 20… f4 here.

f4 21. Rxb7 Rxb7 22. Qxb7 Qxb7 23. Rxb7 fxe3 24. fxe3 Ra8 25. Rb6

Dutch Defense after 25. Rb6.

Dutch Defense after 25. Rb6.

Black cannot save both the a pawn and the c pawn. Black is down one pawn and about to go down a second one. Black has no counter play on the Kingside but tries to hold on for a few more moves anyways.

Bd7 26. Bxa6 Kf7 27. Ne1 h5 28. Nc2 Bc8 29. Bxc8 Rxc8 30. Nb4 1-0

Dutch Defense after 30. Nb4 (Final position).

Dutch Defense after 30. Nb4 (Final position).

Black is now down 2 pawns and about to go down a third one. There is now way to defend against passed pawns on both the a and c files. I really do hope that future attempts at playing the Dutch Defense work out better than this game did!

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