Welcome to my Dutch Defense (ECO A90) game with Sean McKinney 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 rated game played at ICC. At one point I was up two pawns but had a Bishop that was blocked in by those two pawns. I had to give one back in order to free my Bishop. I ended up with a passed pawn in the Center but still could not win the endgame and thus had to settle for a draw. This was the last game I finished in my quad and that should have given me clear first place with four wins and two draws. The ratings listed below are for each player at the conclusion of this game.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2008Quad.06.06”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2008.05.24”]
[Round “-“]
[White “az2112”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ICCResult “Game drawn by mutual agreement”]
[Opening “Dutch defense: Dutch-Indian (Nimzo-Dutch) variation”]
[ECO “A90”]
[NIC “HD.03”]
[Time “11:13:08”]

1.d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. c4 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 a5 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O Ne4 8. Bxb4 axb4 9. Qb3 Qe7 10. Nbd2 Nxd2 11. Nxd2 c5 12. dxc5 Qxc5 13. e4 f4 14. Rae1 Nc6 15. Nf3 Na5 16. Qd3 fxg3 17. hxg3 Qxc4 18. Qd6 Nc6 19. a3 Qb3 20. axb4 Ra2 21. Nd4 Nxd4 22. Qxd4 Rxb2 23. Rc1 Qxb4 24. Rc4 Qb3 25. Rfc1 Rb1 26. Bf1 Rxc1 27. Rxc1 b5 28. Rc5 Qa4 29. Qxa4 bxa4 30. Ra5 d5 31. Rxa4 Bb7 32. e5 Ra8 33. Rd4 Bc6 34. Bh3 Ra1+ 35. Kg2 Kf7 36. f4 Bb5 37. Kf2 Bc4 38. Rd2 Ra2 39. Rxa2 Bxa2 40. Bg4 Bb1 41. Ke3 h6 42. Kd4 Ke7 43. Kc5 g5 44. fxg5 hxg5 45. Be2 Bg6 46. Bg4 Kd7 47. Bf3 Bf5 48. Be2 Kc7 {Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2

Online Chess Game
ICC
Game Played: 24 May 2008 to 7 August 2008
White: Sean McKinney (1557) Black
: Mike Serovey (1633)
1. d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. c4 Bb4+

Dutch Defense after 4... Bb4+

Dutch Defense after 4… Bb4+

Black is going for rapid Kingside development. I was hoping for 5. Nc3 and a pin on that Knight there but no such luck.

5. Bd2 a5 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O Ne4

Dutch Defense after 7... Ne4.

Dutch Defense after 7… Ne4.

I normally do not move the same piece twice in the opening when I am lagging behind in development but I wanted to force White to make a decision about his Bishop at d2. Black ends up with a doubled pawn and a half open file for his Queen’s Rook. Also, the Knight normally goes to e4 in this opening anyway.

8. Bxb4 axb4 9. Qb3 Qe7 10. Nbd2 Nxd2 11. Nxd2 c5 12. dxc5 Qxc5

Dutch Defense after 12... Qxc5.

Dutch Defense after 12… Qxc5.

Black is still lagging behind in development and his Bishop is blocked in by his pawns. It takes Black a very long time to get that Bishop into this game.

13. e4 f4 14. Rae1 Nc6 15. Nf3 Na5 16. Qd3 fxg3 17. hxg3 Qxc4

Dutch Defense after 17... Qxc4.

Dutch Defense after 17… Qxc4.

Here is where Black wins his first pawn but because of Black’s doubled pawns on the b file the position is even. Black is also putting pressure on the White pawn at a2.

18. Qd6 Nc6 19. a3 Qb3 20. axb4 Ra2!

Dutch Defense after 20... Ra2!

Dutch Defense after 20… Ra2!

Black’s last move sets him up to win both of White’s pawns on the b file and thus end up two pawns.

21. Nd4 Nxd4 22. Qxd4 Rxb2 23. Rc1 Qxb4

Dutch defense after 23... Qxb4.

Dutch defense after 23… Qxb4.

Black is now up two pawns but his Bishop is blocked in by those two extra pawns! It was about this point in the game that I realized that I was going to have to give back one of those pawns in order to free my Bishop. White now tries to double on on Black’s Bishop in order to win it before it can escape from c8. However, Black has some moves that save the Bishop.

24. Rc4 Qb3 25. Rfc1 Rb1!

Dutch defense after 25... Rb1!

Dutch defense after 25… Rb1!

Black’s last move is the only one that saves his Bishop on c8. The Rook on c1 is now pinned to the White King and thus the Black Bishop is safe. Also, because Black is up material it is to his advantage to trade off the rooks.

26. Bf1 Rxc1 27. Rxc1 b5 28. Rc5 Qa4 29. Qxa4 bxa4 30. Ra5 d5 31. Rxa4 Bb7

Dutch Defense after 31... Bb7.

Dutch Defense after 31… Bb7.

Black is threatening to win the pawn at e4 so White has to either play the pawn to e5 or capture on d5. Either way Black ends up with a passed pawn in the Center, which should be enough to win this endgame.

32. e5 Ra8 33. Rd4 Bc6 34. Bh3 Ra1+ 35. Kg2 Kf7 36. f4 Bb5 37. Kf2 Bc4 38. Rd2 Ra2 39. Rxa2 Bxa2

Dutch Defense after 39... Bxa2.

Dutch Defense after 39… Bxa2.

Black has succeeded in getting the remaining rooks off the board and thinks that he has an easily won endgame. However, Black has too many of his pawns on light squares where White’s Bishop can attack them and all of White’s pawns are on dark squares where Black’s Bishop can’t get to them. The Black King is tied down to defending the pawn at e6.

40. Bg4 Bb1 41. Ke3 h6 42. Kd4 Ke7 43. Kc5 g5 44. fxg5 hxg5 45. Be2 Bg6 46. Bg4 Kd7 47. Bf3 Bf5 48. Be2 Kc7 1/2-1/2

Dutch Defense after 48... Kc7 (Final position).

Dutch Defense after 48… Kc7 (Final position).

Black offered a draw here because he realized that as long as the White King stays at c5 Black can never advance his passed pawn. Black tried to bait White into playing his pawn to g4 but White didn’t fall for it.

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