The Dutch Defense is a highly popular opening nowadays with the idea to get a sharp and asymmetrical position against 1.d4.
GM Mateusz Bartel – 4-times Polish Champion:
“Are you bored with the classical or popular positions after 1.d4? Are the tonnes of theoretical lines overwhelming for you sometimes? Then you should try the Dutch Defense instead!
In this book, a well-respected author provides you with a solid foundation for including the Dutch in your repertoire, dealing with almost all the sidelines you could possibly meet after 1. d4 f5.
I have been playing this opening for more than 20 years now and I am positively surprised by the amount of useful material inside. Studying it (and later the second part with the main lines) can help you to acquire a lifetime weapon, which is especially efficient against solid players.”
In book 2, the author covers lines where White plays g3 and develops the bishop to g2. This setup means that White doesn’t plan to refute the Dutch Defense, but is instead ready to play a slow game. Together with the first part, the book gives the reader a full Dutch Defense repertoire with black.
The Dutch Defense
The Dutch Defense begins with 1.d4 f5 or 1.c4 e6 2.d4 f5. This is one of the most interesting openings for players looking for game imbalances.
The Dutch has been the opening choice of many masters, including Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Fabiano Caruana, and Levy Rozman.
Play The Dutch Defence puts an emphasis on the basic principles, the basic strategies, and the key tricks and traps in this famous opening.
About the Author
Tibor Karolyi is a Hungarian International Master and International Arbiter.
Having won the Hungarian Chess Championship, he later started his coaching career. His students have included GM Peter Leko and GM Judit Polgar.
He has also scored draws against world champions Garry Kasparov and Mikhail Tal.