Welcome to my Dutch Defense (ECO A84) game with Tek Ajao 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 game was my very first attempt at playing the Dutch Defense in a regular over the board tournament. My opponent blundered in the opening and I had a rather easy win. This was my only win from this tournament.

Tampa Chess Club Tornado
Round 2, Board 4
Game Played 20 April 2008
White: Tek Ajao (Unrated) Black
: Mike Serovey (1537)

1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nf3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O e6

Dutch defense after 6... e6.

Dutch defense after 6… e6.

Black’s setup is typical of the Dutch Defense. This game transposes into one that I have in my database of games but White departs from that game on move number 10.

7. Nc3 d6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6

Dutch defense after 9... Qxf6.

Dutch defense after 9… Qxf6.

This is a position from one of the grandmaster games in my database. In the GM game White played 10. e4 and lost. I don’t see 10. e3 as an improvement here.

10. e3 c6 11. Qb3 Nd7 12. Rad1 e5 13. d5 e4

Dutch defense after 13... e4.

Dutch defense after 13… e4.

Although White’s moves varied Black is following the basic strategy of the GM game that he studied. This is where White began to blunder. His best move may have been to move his Knight to d4 and after 14… c5 then 15. Ne6 hitting the Rook at f8. Or, simply move it to d2 where it is nice and safe.

14. dxc6?? Nc5! 15. cxb7 Bxb7 16. Nd5 Bxd5

Dutch defense after 16... Bxd5.

Dutch defense after 16… Bxd5.

White is down a Bishop for a pawn and has both his Queen and his Knight are hanging. White saves his Queen but continues to lose material.

17. Qc2 exf3! 18. Rxd5 fxg2 19. Kxg2 Rfd8

Dutch defense after 19... Rfd8.

Dutch defense after 19… Rfd8.

White now has 2 pawns for a Bishop and a Knight. He could have resigned here but decided to play it out for a few more moves.

20. b3 a5 21. Rfd1 Ne4 0-1

Dutch defense after 21... Ne4 (Final position).

Dutch defense after 21… Ne4 (Final position).

I’m not sure why White picked this time to resign. I spent a few minutes deciding on whether to play 21… Nb7 or 21… Ne4. Against a stronger player I would have put the Knight on b7. In this game I decided on e4 because it threatens to go to c3 forking the 2 rooks. I don’t know if he saw that Knight fork or not.

Mike Serovey, MA, MISM

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