Kindred’s Special: The Dutch Leningrad Version

If you are tired of some of the more modernist approaches to chess as sometimes akin with the computer game, you might consider taking a gander at a relatively old system now having gone beyond the days of World Champion Botvinnik who occasionally adopted a version of the Dutch Defense.  But his exertion was placed into the older forms of the Dutch system. In the middle 2000 era, a system was built by both over-the-board and correspondence players alike with the desire to try something new, using a bit of Indian and standard systems which gave promise to participants on both sides of the board.

1.d4  f5  2. c4  Nf6  3. g3  g6  4. Bg2  Bg7  5. Nf3  O-O  6. O-O  d6  7. Nc3  Nc6

This is one such attempt to focus our attention on my idea of square count.  If you remember, the idea of such a move as this by Black is to exert pressure and invite White to advance his d-pawn which according to our theory of us who read my columns and lessons blocks the fianchetto of White but opens the door expanding Black’s energy on the long diagonal for Black.  This is accomplished should White play 8. d5 Na5  9. Qa4  c5  10. d:c6 e.p. 11. N:c6  11. Rd1 Kh8!

Why does this move deserve an exclamation point in our way of thinking?  A subtle idea almost plays itself.  The plan will be to use the Q-Bishop to a short tour–namely, via Be6 > Bg8 where the bishop-pair sweeps the center and Q-side squares.  This is called a short-term plan and really requires little thorough study during a chess match.

Supposing White also figures this is not such a hot spot to be for White unless a counter plan can be devised to defang somewhat Black’s dynamic play.  Once again, White decides correctly that proper counterplay in the center files should restore an equilibrium of sorts.

12. c5!?  d5  13. Bf4  Be6  14. Ne5  Qe8!

This move sets White a little trap.  On 15. Nd5? the weakness of this lies in the fact that moves which invite whole scale type exchanges in a defeatism strategy as labored by our computer sitting as witness favors Black after, 15….B:d5!  16. B:d5  N:d5  17. R:d5  e6, or; 15. Rac1  Ne4  16. Nd3  g5  > 17. Bd2  Nd4 18. Q:e8 only works to Black’s advantage as seen in square count principles after 18…Ra:e8.  White pressured to conclude that this line of thought was counter productive and decides…

15.  Be5!  Kg8!

Wisely removing the King from the diagonal. You cannot force plans. The Be5 was a good move and keeps things on an even keel.

Unfortunately the old saying you can lead a horse to water but cannot force it to drink holds true.  The apple cart can be upset by White easily enough by playing a hotbed gambit attack.  This is where psychology comes into play. If you know your opponent and how he or she plays, muck can be avoided.  Positional play as seen in example above or gambit like strategy can fit into your home preparation against your likely foe who is out to gun you in crosshairs as you try to do.  That is what makes chess–chess!


One Response to “Kindred’s Special: The Dutch Leningrad Version”

  1. Lawana Rameriz Says:

    Constructive criticism is generally looked upon as becoming politically incorrect.

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