The Amateur Eye – Dutch Idea in the Leningrad System

GM Hikaru Nakamura’s final game in the US Championship required risk; he answered GM Jeffery Xiong opening play 1. d4 Queen Pawn Game choosing a vigorous Leningrad Dutch setup that involves both players into a dynamic but spirited fight. That decision in the final decision allowed victory edging out the runner-ups to claim the title.

White: Jeffery Xiong vs. Black: Hikaru Nakamura

l. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. d5 Na5 9. b3 c5 10. Bb2? Odd how square count seems to give an edge to Black.

Post analysis by computer favors Jeffery’s plan and the thought is: “white is good; black is bad.” Now, correct would have been what was not played. White gains a clear edge with the odd looking 10. Bd2! a6 11. Rc1 Rb8 12. e4! according to analysis in Chess Life.

10. …. a6 11. Ng5 Rb8 12. Qd3 Qe8 13. Nd1 b5 14. Qd2 Nb7 15. Ne3 Nd8 16, Nh3 Bd7 17. Rad1 b4!

18. Qc2 a5 19. Nf4 a4 20. h4 Ra8 21. Qb1 Ra6 22. Bf3 Qf7 23. Neg2 Ng4! 24. B:g4 f:g4 25. e4 B:b2 26. Q:b2 Qg7 27. Q:g7 + K:g7 28. e5 Bf5 29. e:d6 e:d6 30. Rfe1 Nf7.

A long battle ensues to the 58th move with Black winning after a wild melee. Try to make up some ideas within this game and position. Ideas and plans make up strategies to build on. The final position and game can be found on page 35 of Chess Life July 2019 issue.

Black keeps a tiny edge in square count.


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