Dutch Defense Reversed

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One would expect a chess player with a UserID of FootDoc to be a foot doctor or don’t they call them podiatrists? FootDoc of Ireland is quite fond of playing 1. f4 to begin a chess game. I gave it some thought and came up with this. Would’t you expect a doctor to not have too much extra time for chess? I mean with late night calls, kids, and having to attend professional development that will reduce his insurance rates, one would expect him to have very little time for the Royal Game.

So if the busy doctor could parlay his knowledge of the Dutch Defense into a workable system with the White pieces, he could save time, surprise opponents, and not have to worry about memorizing a lot of opening theory. One of the variations of the Dutch Defense is called the fluid line because Black places his center pawns at d6 and e6 awaiting developments. The Queen also goes to e8 threatening e5 and eventually Qh4 if White plays passively.

Taking a look at the chess diagram, one can see FootDoc has played the corresponding Qe1 and e3,d3 in an attempt to play the same defensive system with an extra tempo. The “problem” with his setup is that black chose to play a Leningrad Dutch Defense himself. Why is this a concern? Black never played d5 and c5 which correspond to the White moves d4 and c4 which Dutch players like FootDoc are accustomed to.

Playing a Black defensive system with an extra move is conceptually appealing, but Black does not have to cooperate. So White has to be careful about playing automatically or he could end up with a poorly coordinated setup.

Dutch Defense in Reverse Chess Opening
Dutch Defense in Reverse Chess Opening
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  1. The podiatrist also plays very unorthodox openings with the black pieces. For example 1. d4 e5. He knows it very well and makes me wonder if there is even a refutation for such a suspicious first move for Black. Jesus Christ about anything appears to be playable. I watched a GM beat another strong GM with 1. e3. To hell with classical chess thinking. These free thinking Irish chums blaze their own trails!

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