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Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6 (A89)
1 d4 f5 2 c4 Nf6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 Nf3 O-O 6 O-O d6
7 Nc3 Nc6

Number of games in database: 864
Years covered: 1931 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 38.9%
   Black wins 30.3%
   Draws 30.8%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Petr Haba  5 games
Alexander Baburin  4 games
Etienne Bacrot  3 games
Milan Matulovic  15 games
Kevin Spraggett  10 games
Ferdinand Strobel  10 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Carlsen vs D Rylander, 2003
Keres vs Korchnoi, 1952
Bacrot vs R Mamedov, 2014
R Fontaine vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2007
I Farago vs P Poutiainen, 1975
Benko vs Tal, 1959
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 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 864  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I A Horowitz vs Kostic  ½-½281931Prague OlympiadA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
2. Fine vs J A Seitz 1-0661934SyracuseA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
3. Keres vs Korchnoi 1-0221952USSR ChampionshipA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
4. H Kramer vs Euwe  ½-½241953HoogovensA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
5. T Ciejka vs A Kwilecki  1-0361953POL-ch11A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
6. Tartakower vs C H Alexander  ½-½441953Hastings 1953/54A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
7. K Plater vs A Kwilecki  0-1361954LodzA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
8. Sokolsky vs S Pimenov  ½-½411954URS-ch sfA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
9. H Koskinen vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½491954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
10. M Cuellar Gacharna vs C H Alexander  1-0451954Amsterdam Olympiad qual-4A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
11. O Benkner vs D Parliaros  1-0341954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
12. B P Reilly vs D Parliaros  1-0351954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-BA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
13. G Kluger vs B Sandor ½-½771954HUN-ch 10thA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
14. T Gniot vs Z Doda  1-0591955WroclawA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
15. R Toran Albero vs B De Greiff  1-0341955Mar del PlataA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
16. R Llorens vs E Joppen  0-1571955LuxembourgA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
17. Portisch vs E Haag  ½-½431956Alekhine MemorialA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
18. Bisguier vs C F Tears 1-026195657th US OpenA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
19. R H Newman vs W Heidenfeld 0-1481956PaigntonA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
20. A Ingerslev vs Milner-Barry  1-0331956Moscow Olympiad Final-AA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
21. B Voronkov vs J Yuchtman  ½-½421956URS-ch sfA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
22. R Toran Albero vs Larsen 0-1551956Hastings 1956/57A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
23. M Roos vs G Javelle  1-0311957FRA-ch22 corrA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
24. R Cardoso vs K Ozols  0-136195727th Australian chA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
25. V Bykov vs Tolush  1-0481957URS-ch sfA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-08-04  Giancarlo: This has to be one of the most solid lines for Black.

White wins 39.3%
Black wins 29.5%
Draws 31.2%

Sep-09-04  Giancarlo: Also, this line is the only one Black can be forced to play. White can decline all others with:

1.d4 f5 2.Bg5
(2..h6 3.Bh4! g5 4.Bg3 f4? 5.e3!)
(2..nf6 3.Bxf6 D'UH)
Therefore to safely play 2..nf6 Black must go with the Leningrad system.

Nov-08-04  SicilianDragon: While the statistics after 7...Nc6 may look solid, don't be fooled, White has several strong continuations involving an early c5 after 8. d5 Na5 9. Qa4 c5 10. dxc6 bxc6 11. c5! and after 8...Ne5 9. Nxe5 dxe5 10. c5.

In addition, Black is not forced to enter the Leningrad after 1. d4 f5 2. Bg5 as both 2...h6 and 2...d5 are playable continuations, even if 2...g6 is the most popular.

Jan-04-05  Poisonpawns: <SicilianDragon> you are right,Gelfand vs Topalov, 1994 this is the main game with the early 11.c5 you spoke of.
Jul-09-05  Giancarlo: White wins 37.4%
Black wins 30.8%
Draws 31.8%

Overwhelming for Black in a sense.
Viva Dutch :-)

Feb-07-14  MarkFinan: I'm having big big problems as white in this opening against my engine on a setting that I can usually churn out draws with at the very least.


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Whether I play NxN, e4 or Qb3, I always seem to be unable to defend against that fianchettoed Bishop on h7 and the pressure it puts on the knight on c3 and b2 pawn!! I've been playing the Pirc as black (when I actually play with black andhhave the chance!) but I might switch to this because it can really cause players of my strength, and no doubt above my strength, real problems. 😃

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