Studies in: The Dutch Defense – LM Dana Mackenzie, GM Jesse Kraai, GM Eugene Perelshteyn, IM David Vigorito & IM John-Paul Wallace

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The Dutch Defense was employed regularly in the past by Alekhine, Larsen, Morphy and Najdorf. The high-water mark for the Defense occurred in 1951, when both Mikhail Botvinnik, the world champion, and his challenger, David Bronstein, played it in their World Championship match. Not found as often in modern games, but regularly used successfully by GM Hikura Nakamura.

Content: 144 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 6 lectures. PGN Included.

Recommended for: Intermediate-Advanced Players.

Users rated this series: 4.48 out of 5

Chess Fans have said: Very clear and concise lecture. I not only learned how to play against this structure of the Dutch but also received side lectures on when to give up the bishop pair, the right moment to open up the position, and above all, a tactical motive to burn into memory.

LM Dana Mackenzie is a USCF Life Master, a PhD mathematician, and an award-winning mathematics and science journalist and author. LM Dana Mackenzie started playing tournament chess during the ‘Fischer boom’ of 1971-72 and for some reason never quit.

He was the champion of North Carolina in 1985 and 1987, and became a master in 1988. In 2009, Dana received his Life Master certificate from the USCF, and in 2012 was a member of the West regional champion team in the US Amateur Team tournament.

His most memorable game was in 2006, a victory over IM David Pruess, a game later featured as Game of the Day by Chessgames on November 23, 2011. That same game so impressed then-IM Jesse Kraai that he invited Dana to give a lecture on it – on this site, where Dana has delivered more than 100 lectures since.

GM Jesse Kraai currently resides in Berkeley, California. His most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competing in the US championship from 2002-2006. Jesse received his final GM norm at the Foxwoods Open 2007 and has a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg.

GM Eugene Perelshteyn was born in Ukraine and learned chess from his father, a FIDE Master. He moved to the United States at the age of fourteen and won the U.S. U18 Championship in 2000. Eugene earned a chess scholarship from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he graduated in computer science. In 2002 he was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship – given to the top American Player under 25 years old – which helped him earn the GM title in 2006.

Eugene currently lives in Massachusetts, and competes mainly in New England. He is a regular contributor to, and is co-author of two books: Chess Openings for White, Explained and Chess Openings for Black, Explained, both in their second editions.

IM David Vigorito was the 2007 Massachusetts Champion, as well as the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. He was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club, with a USCF rating of 2479. David played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. He is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian was very well received by critics and players alike, and his second book, Play the Semi-Slav, was eagerly anticipated. David is an active chess coach for students at all ages and levels.

IM John-Paul Wallace is from Sydney, Australia, and is currently residing in London, England. John-Paul was the youngest Australian Chess Champion ever at the age of 17 in 1993-94. John-Paul won the 2003 Pratt Foundation Australian Open Chess Championship and has represented Australia in two chess Olympiads. John-Paul is a chess journalist and a chess coach both online and over-the-board.


Irina’s Deep Strategy in the Dutch
Irina krush vs. Marc Esseman
Run Time: 00:33:13 LM MacKenzie

Kramnik Faces Nakamura’s Dutch
Vladimir Kramnik vs. Hikaru Nakamura
Run Time: 00:21:29 GM Kraai

My Miniature in the Dutch
E. Perelshteyn vs. Alexander Onischuk
Run Time: 00:23:35 GM Perelshteyn

A Cut-Throat Knight
Eugene Perelshteyn vs. Michael Barron
Run Time: 00:17:19 GM Perelshteyn

A Secret Weapon Against the Leningrad Dutch
Eugene Perelshteyn vs. Michael Barron
Run Time: 00:21:35 IM Vigorito

Demolishing the Dutch
Richard Pert vs. Anonymous
Run Time: 00:27:08 IM Wallace

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