Dutch Defence

The Dutch Defence (1.d4 f5) is a sound and strong opening response to White playing the Queen Pawn Opening. It is a much more aggressive opening that most of the Double Queen Pawn Openings, and similar in many ways to a King’s Indian (e.g. if Black fianchettos with a Leningrad Dutch). The Dutch deserves a place in an attacking opening repertoire for Black. Nevertheless, it is rarely seen in tournaments, with the various Indian Defences being more common (e.g. King’s Indian, Queen’s Indian)

Diagram: Dutch Defence

Variations of the Dutch Defence include:

White can try to bust the Dutch using the Staunton Gambit (2.e4!?), but it’s not really that great.

Diagram: Staunton Gambit (anti-Dutch Defence)

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