Stomping White with the Stonewall Defense – GM Eugene Perelshteyn

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The Stonewall Defense: Stomping White with Dutch Defense

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The Stonewall Defense is a variation of the popular Dutch Defense. It’s also an extremely effective chess opening for black against 1. d4 – representing a solid system that is very difficult for white to crack.

The Stonewall Defense involves black placing pawns on the light squares d5, e6, and f5 to establish an iron grip on the center, specifically restricting a potential breakthrough by white involving an e4 push.

Even if you aren’t crazy about playing the Stonewall Defense against every set-up by white in the Queen Pawn opening systems, the Stonewall variation of the Dutch Defense is exceptionally versatile and very easy to transpose to from various chess openings for black against 1. d4, 1. c4, 1. Nf3, etc..

The validity of the Stonewall Defense as an effective opening choice at the highest levels in chess is reinforced by the fact that it has been frequently employed by countless Grandmasters, including the former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and former World Champions Vladimir Kramnik, Mikhail Botvinnik, and Vassily Smyslov!

About the Author:

Eugene Perelshteyn is a chess grandmaster and author. He was able to accomplish the International Master title in 2001 and the Grandmaster title in 2006. He also won the U.S. Junior Closed Championship in 2000.

With a peak FIDE rating of 2555, and his current rating is 2515, Perelshteyn is currently ranked 34th among active chess players in the United States.

Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn is an extremely experienced chess trainer who has employed the Stonewall Defense with consistent success at the GM level.

Is this course for me?

If you are looking for a reliable weapon for black against 1. d4 where you can transfer the weight of the struggle to the middlegame, the Stonewall Defense will be a great addition to your opening repertoire.

Stomping White With The Stonewall Defense – Gm Eugene PerelshteynFrom a superficial glance, the Stonewall Defense, a common variation of the Dutch Defense, may appear very simple (place your pawns on the light squares, trade your light-squared bishop or activate it via ..b6 and ..Ba6, and don’t let white play e4).

Grandmaster Eugene Perelshteyn demonstrates multiple effective methods to develop or trade-off that potential ¨problem bishop¨ located on c8.

GM Perelshteyn is quick to point out common tactical and positional pitfalls. The Stonewall Defense also has an undeserved reputation for being a very drawish, passive opening, but GM Perelshteyn presents multiple attacking patterns in the center and kingside for black that can destroy any opponent with the white pieces!

The Stonewall Defense is an exceptionally solid choice for black against 1. d4, based on strong positional ideas that are very tough to crack!

The Stonewall Defense is a reliable opening choice for chess players of all levels and has been employed at the highest levels of chess by none other than former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and former World Champions Vladimir Kramnik, Mikhail Botvinnik, and Vassily Smyslov.

This chess DVD will improve your opening play with black and provide you with the knowledge to stomp white with the Stonewall Defense!

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2 hours 12 minutes


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Chapter List

Chapter Outline:

1. Introduction and Fianchetto Systems with Nh3
2. Fianchetto Systems with Nf3
3. e3 and Nf3 Set-ups
4. e3, Bd3, and Nge2 Set-ups
5. Sample Game (Kramnik vs Anand, Amber 2008)