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Although much maligned over the years due to the theoretical weakening of black's kingside, the Dutch Defence, 1.d4 f5, is not a bad opening at all. Its revival started in the mid-1980's, with a number of strong grandmasters showing that both the Leningrad (with Malaniuk, M. Gurevich and Bareev as main advocates) and the Modern Stonewall (with ...Bd6; Agdestein and Short showed the way here) were resilient defences, offering black good counterchances.
Its appeal is easy to understand: in playing 1...f5, black rejects the symmetry of defences based on ...d5 without giving white the broad pawn-centre typical of such openings as the King's Indian and Grunfeld. While it is true that e6 can become weak, it is an easy square to defend, and one weakness need not be catastrophic, provided black can secure counterplay.

from Nunn's Chess Openings.


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