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Dutch, Classical Variation (A96)
1 d4 f5 2 c4 Nf6 3 g3 e6 4 Bg2 Be7 5 Nf3 O-O 6 O-O d6

Number of games in database: 852
Years covered: 1921 to 2022
Overall record:
   White wins 46.6%
   Black wins 22.4%
   Draws 31.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Pavel Tregubov  5 games
Bogdan Lalic  5 games
Simon J B Knott  4 games
Simon Kim Williams  95 games
Alan J Walton  16 games
Igor Naumkin  16 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Botvinnik vs I Kan, 1931
Kavalek vs J Bednarski, 1972
K Junge vs Bogoljubov, 1942
Wojtaszek vs S Williams, 2011
I Sokolov vs S Williams, 2006
J Gallagher vs S Williams, 2001
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 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 852  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gruenfeld vs Tartakower  ½-½351921ViennaA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
2. I Rabinovich vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  ½-½651926North West Region ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
3. J Rejfir vs F Krticka  1-0451928Prague EvonyA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
4. Menchik vs Saemisch 1-0551929KarlsbadA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
5. Petrov vs A Eller  1-0511931Match Latvia - Estonia Univ.A96 Dutch, Classical Variation
6. S Rosselli del Turco vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-0291931NiceA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
7. A Budo vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 0-1281931USSR ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
8. Botvinnik vs I Kan 1-0381931USSR ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
9. A Budo vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-1531932Leningrad ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
10. K Sterk vs Flohr  0-1471934UjpestA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
11. E Tholfsen vs Santasiere  0-1321934SyracuseA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
12. J Traian Iliesco vs R Charlier  0-1411936Mar del PlataA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
13. J Traian Iliesco vs J Vinuesa  0-1401936Mar del PlataA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
14. Tartakower vs F Apsenieks  1-0601937POL-chA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
15. Georgs Meiers vs C B Heath 1-0141938Margate Premier Reserves CA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
16. K Junge vs Bogoljubov 1-0731942SalzburgA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
17. Lokvenc vs J Kubanek 1-0301943PragueA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
18. J Camarena vs H Steiner  ½-½5619451st Pan-American ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
19. V Popovic vs M Subaric  1-0541945Yugoslav ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
20. P Yasvoin vs N Aratovsky  0-1271947RSFSR ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
21. Petrosian vs Simagin ½-½241947URS-ch sfA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
22. Kotov vs Sokolsky 1-0391947MoscowA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
23. Kholmov vs A Chistiakov 1-0531949URS-ch sfA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
24. G Fridstein vs Korchnoi  1-0471950URS-ch sf TulaA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
25. C Kottnauer vs Simagin  1-0681950Przepiorka MemorialA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-02-05  Knight13: This opening is very playable for Black.
Mar-16-06  notyetagm: Yes, check out this game played at the recent Reykjavik Open in which IM Simon Williams defeats Ivan Sokolov, using a crushing sacrifice on f2:

[Event "XXII Open"]
[Site "Reykjavik ISL"]
[Date "2006.03.07"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Sokolov,Iv"]
[Black "Williams,Si"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2689"]
[BlackElo "2452"]
[EventDate "2006.03.06"]
[ECO "A96"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Nc3 Ne4 8. Bd2 Nc6 9. d5 Nxd2 10. Nxd2 Ne5 11. e3 c6 12. b4 Bf6 13. Qc2 Bd7 14. Rad1 a5 15. b5 cxd5 16. cxd5 Rc8 17. Ndb1 Bxb5 18. dxe6 Bxf1 19. Kxf1 Kh8 20. Bxb7 Rc7 21. Qb3 a4 22. Nxa4 Qe8 23. Nbc3 Qh5 24. Bg2 Nf3 25. Bxf3 Qxf3 26. Qd5 Qh5 27. Qxd6 Rfc8 28. Kg2 h6 29. Nb5 Rc2 30. Nb6 f4 31. exf4 Qe2 32. Rf1 Qe4+ 33. Kg1 <Rxf2!> 34. Rxf2 Rc1+ 35. Rf1 Rc2 36. Qd5 Qe2 37. Qh1 Qe3+ 0-1

Feb-03-11  Lennonfan: Why the sudden drop in popularity in this opening in around the 70's?
Mar-26-15  zenithooligan: Lennonfan, that's a good question. I don't keep close track of all the latest developments in opening theory, but I have never heard that the Dutch was found to be flawed. And yet it rarely comes off the shelf in top-level play. I have started playing it recently and really like it.

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