White Tries 2. g4 Against the Dutch Defense

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The Dutch Defense gets picked on a lot. Aggressive White players fire out 2. e4 aka The Staunton Gambit which the late soviet electrical engineer Botvinnik avoided by playing e6 against 1. d4. Alex Yermolinsky politely ribbed Dmitry Gurevich for having the dutch as his first string defense, before finally converting to the more reliable Slav Defense.

At the highest levels, the Dutch weakens Black’s King Side on Move one! I don’t think Magnus Larsen has ever played it in world class game. OK, back to the disrespect heaped on the Dutch Defense. ElectrifiedFury of the Christmas Islands plays 2. g4 against the Dutch defense and h3 after fxg. Korchnoi plays h3 preparing g4 for reasons seen in the following game played at ICC.

ElectrifiedFury allowed the extreme King Side pawn weakening thrust g3 forcing the first player to find equality after only 4 moves!, a sign something has gone terribly wrong. I think the guy must be furious over the electric shock treatment he must have received for depression or some other mental disorder. Just teasing, but I really have no idea why White would volitionally wreck his pawn fortress and create so many weaknesses around his King. Many 3 minute blitz players at ICC have contempt for playing book moves and will play suspicious moves just to make their opponent waste precious time trying to refute second rate moves.

Finally a player out of San Antonio, Texas named John Patty(not the political science professor) berated a guy for playing 1. g4 which I believe is called the spike or Grob opening. Funny thing is, the guy had the better of it in the middle game and only lost because of a blunder that had nothing to do with his opening choice! Patty was quite irascible and not the best of sports. The was a story about a guy who went 4-0 in weekend tournament where he either played 1. g4 with White or 1. …. g5 with Black!

Oh yeah, Christmas Island is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean with real live flying fish. No not flying weak chess players.

Ultra aggressive White reaction to Dutch Defense
Ultra aggressive White reaction to Dutch Defense
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