Good Knight Versus Bad Bishop Stonewall Dutch


The Stonewall Dutch Defense in chess is the favorite of ┬ámany players as Black goes for a Kingside attack by placing his pawns on d5, e6, and f5. Jonathan Rowson , author of ┬áThe Seven Deadly Chess Sins , would excoriate Black for not having had an intimate conversation with his c8 bishop before constructing such a rigid, inflexible pawn structure. Read the chapter in Rowson’s magnum opus titled Talking with your pieces for more on this fascinating way of understanding piece cooperation and harmony better.

In the following game, played at ICC , White achieved his strategic aim of leaving the second player with nothing but his impotent queenside bishop. Black’s bishop blocking pawn structure can be instructively compared to a rugged terrain not suitable for combat. Mind you, that this is from the forlorn Laufer’s vantage point.

On the other hand, the White Horse is literally chomping at the bit eager to hop to all the weakened unguardable squares on Black’s side of the board.

Knight Superior to Bishop

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